Category Archives: supply

Good citizens keep their homes empty

Vancouvers empty home tax is bringing in some decent coin – almost $40 million in 2018.

If you believe in a vibrant vancouver and want to do your part to support it, you can own a home here and keep it empty – that extra tax income goes to support affordable housing and rent protections.

If you really want to go the extra mile, don’t report your empty home: Audits raises $22.1 million in taxes and fines from empty home owners.

Read more here.

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.”

Sales rise in July but prices slide

We saw and increase in prices last month, but so far that isn’t showing an impact on prices which continue to fall.

That’s according to the latest data from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), which said that despite the bump, sales remained 7.8 per cent below the 10-year July sales average.

“Despite the bump in sales, prices have continued to slide. The benchmark price for a detached home across the region in July was $1.4 million, down 10.5 per cent from July 2018 and down 0.5 per cent from June this year.

Read the full article here.