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Tax ranges from 0.5% on secondary homes left vacant by B.C. residents, to 2% on foreign-owned properties

Published on Oct 23, 2018 in Realtor Insight

BC’s finance minister has introduced legislation to move ahead with a controversial speculation tax on vacant or underutilized properties. The bill ends months of speculation about how the province planned to use the new levy to help deal with runaway housing prices in some B.C. communities, outlining a range of tax rates from 0.5 to […]

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On Wednesday, the BC Government announced that it is cutting next year’s allowable rent increase to 2.5%

Published on Oct 10, 2018 in Realtor Insight

“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases to renters.” On Sept. 7th, the government announced that, based on the consumer price index […]

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Important Dates for your Property Taxes

Published on Jun 27, 2018 in Uncategorised

July 3 Deadline to pay your rural property taxes Deadline to apply for the home owner grant without late payment penalties Deadline to apply to defer your property taxes without late payment penalties Deadline to apply for the Farm Extension Program   July 4 A 5% penalty is applied to your unpaid account balance, including any unclaimed home owner grant   […]

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Vancouver’s Short-term Rental Bylaws Take Effect April 19..

Published on Apr 12, 2018 in Realtor Insight

Regulations for short-term rentals approved by the City of Vancouver in November will take effect April 19, 2018. Under the policy, short-term rentals of a secondary suite or laneway house will only be allowed if the property is the owner’s principal residence or if it is rented long-term, and the tenant wishes to operate a short-term rental, with approval of […]

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BC Speculation Tax: Here’s What you Need to Know..

Published on Mar 27, 2018 in Realtor Insight

On Monday, the provincial government announced it is making some changes to the speculation tax, which was first announced last month as part of the budget.   The government expects to introduce legislation in the fall to make the tax part of law and they say 99 per cent of British Columbians will be exempt […]

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Everyday, tens of thousands of children are going hungry in our communities..

Published on Mar 09, 2018 in Uncategorised

Everyday, tens of thousands of children are going hungry in our communities. While school breakfast, lunch and snack programs are actively addressing this crisis, the weekend remains a difficult time for many families. We know that when a child is given a Backpack Buddy on Friday afternoon that’s full of meals and snacks for the […]

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