Category Archives: Housing

BC Liberals unhappy that speculation tax targets British Columbia’s 1% wealthy enough to own multiple homes

By ThinkPol Staff The BC Liberals are criticizing the speculation tax recently introduced by the province’s Green-backed NDP government because it affects the one percent of British Columbians wealthy enough to own two or more homes. “I think the minister

Vigilante retaliates against realtors who took full-page ad inciting wealthy homeowners to crash Eby’s town hall

By ThinkPol Staff The Vancouver realtors who incited mobs to crash a popular elected official’s event is about to get a taste of their own medicine. The major Vancouver real estate brokerage Sutton West Coast took out an ad last week

Wealthy Vancouver homeowner objects to school tax because his children are no longer in school

By ThinkPol Staff A homeowner from Vancouver wealthiest neighbourhood is objecting to the additional school tax levied on properties worth more than $3 million on the grounds that his children are no longer in school. “It may be a great

Andrew Wilkinson introduces bill to reduce taxes on condo flippers by half

By ThinkPol Staff British Columbia’s Leader of the Official Opposition Andrew Wilkinson today introduced a private members bill, that if passed, would reduce taxes on condo flippers by half. Under Canada Revenue Agency interpretation of Income Tax Act, profits made

BC Liberal MLA Jordan Sturdy caught lying about school tax

By ThinkPol Staff BC Liberal MLA Jordan Sturdy is being called out as a liar for spreading misinformation about the school tax imposed on homes worth more than $3 million by the BC NDP government. “It’s not a “school tax”,”

Wealthy Vancouver homeowner likens BC NDP housing reforms to Nazi race laws

By ThinkPol Staff A homeowner from Vancouver wealthiest neighbourhood is likening British Columbia NDP government’s reforms at tackling the region’s housing crisis to Nazi race laws. “Don’t be misled,” Robert Angus is quoted in Shaughnessy Heights Property Owners’ Association newsletter[1]Original:http://www.shpoa.ca/shaughnessy_voices

Housing activist educating Vancouverites on Airbnb bylaws and how to report violators

By Lisa Tanh Many Vancouverites are still unaware of the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaws and how to properly report violations, says a local housing activist. Ulrike Rodrigues, an East Vancouver resident, said she’s been receiving several messages

Most Vancouver houses sold below assessment in April

By ThinkPol Staff The number of Vancouver detached houses selling below assessed value in April outnumbered those selling for more, with some going as low as 27% below, making it the third month in row that a majority of Vancouver

“If the Chinese market doesn’t want it, I have no interest in it” – Vancouver developer

By ThinkPol Staff Vancouver developer Westbank is only interested in projects that are wanted in China, the marketing director of the company has admitted. “It’s a hindrance that I don’t speak Mandarin for example, in sales,” Westbank’s Director of Marketing

Vancouver Airbnb bylaw loophole threatens rental stock

By Lisa Tanh A loophole in the City of Vancouver’s new short-term rental bylaw could wipe out a big chunk of the city’s secondary suite stock, according to a complaint by a concerned citizen. Ethan, a born and raised Vancouverite,