The majority of homes with an Empty Homes Tax exemption declared were due to the property changing hands or to redevelopment or renovation, according to a press release issued by the City of Vancouver May 25.


 

“Of the 5,200 properties declared exempt from the tax, the majority of those in Downtown Vancouver and the neighbourhoods surrounding False Creek — Kitsilano, Fairview, Mount Pleasant, Strathcona and Grandview-Woodland — claimed an exemption due to transfer of the property during the year,” the release states.

 

 
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The City of Vancouver has proposed new policy aiming to limit land speculation along the Broadway Corridor. 

The new policy, called the Development Contribution Expectation (DCE), will require developers to plan projects that will support public amenities and affordable rental housing. The area has become subject to white-hot demand from developers since TransLink announced it would be extending the Millennium Line to Arbutus Street along Broadway. 


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http://www.vancourier.com/real-estate/city-of-vancouver-aims-to-curb-land-speculation-along-broadway-corridor-1.23314576

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Thinking of renting that basement suite? Tips for first-time landlords


"It is a great way to get on the property ladder and live in an area you want but can't otherwise afford, but it comes with a cost," he says. "If you don't do it right, it can drive you crazy, both financially and psychologically."


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https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/household-finances/thinking-of-renting-that-basement-suite-tips-for-first-time-landlords/article4374210/

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The Metro Vancouver housing market saw fewer home buyers and more home sellers in April.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 2,579 in April 2018, a 27.4 per cent decrease from the 3,553 sales recorded in April 2017, and a 2.5 per cent increase compared to March 2018 when 2,517 homes sold.


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https://www.rebgv.org/sites/default/files/REBGV-Stats-Pkg-April-2018.pdf

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