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The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) welcomes the proposed changes to the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) and other measures in Budget 2016 to improve housing affordability in the province and collect better information about property transactions.

The PTT exemption for new homes up to $750,000 will help stimulate supply of new housing and provide more opportunities for home ownership across the province. This exemption is commendable, however with many new housing projects taking years to complete, it may not have the immediate impact desired by the government.

While the new three percent threshold for properties over $2 million is intended to pay for the new home exemption, the province has missed an opportunity to raise the existing threshold levels to provide broader PTT relief for those who cannot afford a newly constructed home and who are not first time homebuyers.

By not indexing the threshold levels, the province ensures that – in an environment of rising home prices – an increasing number of homes will fall within the new three percent threshold, resulting in a higher tax burden on more home buyers.

Collecting and analyzing information on real estate transactions will help the provincial government make fact-based policy decisions. BCREA welcomes this initiative and looks forward to having the data publicly available.

BCREA continues to call on the provincial government to:

o Increase the 1% PTT threshold from $200,000 to $525,000;
o Index the 1% PTT threshold using the MLS® Home Price Index, and make adjustments annually;
o Index the exemption threshold for the First-Time Home Buyers’ Program using the MLS® Home Price Index, and     make adjustments annually.

Simon Fraser
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Simon Fraser Condos

Altaire by Polygon

Altaire built in 2008/2009 reaches higher then any other condo building in Metro Vancouver offering panoramic views.

Novo I by Intergulf

Novo I built in 2007 known for the amazing sight lines and views from most units and balconies up to 1000 sq ft.

Novo II by Intergulf

Novo II built in 2007 known for the amazing sight lines and views from most units and balconies up to 1000 sq ft.

Aurora by Polygon

Aurora built in 2006 with 103 condos featuring 36 unique floor plans ranging from 715 sq ft to 1500 sq ft.

One University by Millennium

One University built in 2005 is UniverCity's flagship building with luxury homes featuring semi private elevators.

Harmony by Polygon

Harmony built in 2005 was the first condo development at Univercity & as a result offers a unique setting & views.

Serenity Townhomes by Polygon

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The Hub by Liberty Homes

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Verdant by VanCity Enterprises

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Origin by Porte Development

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Nest by Mosaic

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Highland House by Liberty Homes

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Lift by Porte Development

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Altitude by Hungerford Group

Altitude will be a 2 tower development comprising of a 12 and 14 story building with a total of 210 strata units.

CentreBlock by Liberty Homes

CentreBlock at UniverCity atop Burnaby Mountain is the latest condo project with sales commencing early 2014. .

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