Category Archives: presales

How’s them development permits?

An anecdote from southseacompany:

Post from one of my LinkedIn connections;

“Lead indicators … Vancouver’s Development Permit Board reviews major project applications. Their agenda looks rather empty. ”

July 22, 2019 – Cancelled
August6, 2019 – Cancelled
September 3, 2019 – Cancelled
September 16, 2019 – Cancelled

“When I served on the DPB (1999 -2002) we commonly had 3 to 4 items on the agenda EVERY two weeks.”

Luxury condo tower pulled on weak demand

It appears there might be a limit to ‘build it and they will come’. Southseacompany points out a recent development proposal that was pulled amid signs of weak demand.

“A proposal for a downtown Vancouver luxury condo tower that was scheduled to go to a public hearing next week has been abruptly cancelled by the owner.”

“A representative of the developer, Brilliant Circle Group, sent a letter to the planning department last week withdrawing the project. The letter, obtained by The Globe and Mail, explained that the decision “is due to the impact of the rapidly changing real estate market, which affects both the unit mix and the CAC evaluation.””

““Everything’s corrected and the luxury market is gone,” said Ian Watt, a realtor who specializes in higher-end housing. “Anything under $2-million will sell, but in the last two months, there’s been only one sale over $3.5-million.””

Read the full article here.

Realtor: Bubble correction is underway.

VCI Favorite Ian Watt says the bubble is deflating in Vancouver, with a correction of 10-15% in Coal Harbor condos so far in the last six months:

“Usually you’d have five to 10 sales a month, but we’ve only had one in the last six weeks. Everything above $2 million is pretty much dead; anything related to international money is gone right now.”

Prices have also declined for downtown condos in the $600,000 to $700,000 range, Watt said.

In relatively affordable Langley and Abbotsford, where a two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhome goes for between $300,000 and $400,000, it’s a similar story: seven or eight weeks ago, sellers would receive multiple offers. Properties are now sitting on the market for longer, said Tim Sawatzky, a realtor with 2 Percent Realty Valley.

Where it was once common to see lineups to buy condo pre-sales contracts, Sawatzky said developers in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford are now offering a variety of incentives, such as a $20,000 “furnishing package,” or between $20,000 and $40,000 off the closing price when the building is completed. (When buyers purchase a pre-sale condo contract, they typically pay five to 15 per cent of the price up front and then pay the full amount after the building is completed.)

All sorts of cash incentives in the market right now if that’s your sort of thing.  Read the full article here.

Poltergeist 2018

Vancouver’s ‘most haunted house’ is getting an upgrade:

A legendary home often dubbed “Vancouver’s most haunted house,” on a property rumoured to be an Indigenous burial ground, is the subject of a rezoning application for a new condo building.

Pennyfarthing Development, the developer of a number of high-end condos along the Cambie Corridor, is applying for rezoning on the site, which is diagonally opposite the King Edward Canada Line station.

Read the full article here.

Don’t forget to pay your condo flipping taxes

Just a reminder, flipping condos as a money making venture means you have to pay taxes on that income and the CRA is going after those who don’t report condo flipping profit.

From April 2015 to December 2017, the CRA audited 4,951 files in British Columbia and assessed $140.0 million as a result of these audits.

The penalties for non-compliance are harsh.

“The CRA will apply a penalty equal to 50% of the additional tax payable if a taxpayer knowingly makes a false statement when filing a return,” the CRA says. “During the period of April 2015 to December 2017, the CRA applied 1,254 penalties, totaling $38.6 million. The highest penalty was almost $2.5 million.”

Read the full article here.