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Teams, Agency and Disclosure: New Dual Agency Rules - Tag: Regulations

Posted by Jack Barker

On June 15, 2018, consumer protection rules from the Superintendent of Real Estate will take effect. The goals of the rules are to ensure consumers are well-protected, well-informed, and can benefit from the undivided loyalty of a real estate licensee who is acting in their best interests. These rules will protect consumers by:

  • Prohibiting limited dual agency in almost all cases, and
  • Requiring new disclosures about commissions, services to expect from a licensee, and the risks of being an unrepresented party in a real estate transaction.

The Superintendent’s rules will change the way real estate is practiced in BC, and will enforce the fundamental REALTOR® duties of undivided client loyalty, confidentiality, managing conflicts of interests, and informed client consent.

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New BC Real Estate Speculation Tax - Tag: Regulations

Posted by Jack Barker

In its recent budget announcement, the BC government declared that new legislation will be introduced for an annual real estate speculation tax. This new tax will be effective for the 2018 tax year.

The speculation tax is aimed at foreign and domestic real estate speculators in BC, and will not affect the majority of BC homeowners. Speculators own property that is not occupied by the owner or a recognized long-term rental, placing it outside of BC's long-term housing stock. The tax will also affect satellite families: Households that have high worldwide income but pay little income tax in BC.

In the first year the tax rate will be $5 per $1000 of assessed value. In 2019, the rate will be increased to $20 per $1000 of assessed value. The speculation tax will first be applied to Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, the Capital Regional District, the Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna, and West Kelowna. Learn more.

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Principal Residence and Capital Gain - Tag: Regulations

Posted by Jack Barker

The designation of a property as a principal residence is a significant and important financial planning tool because the CRA allows you to shelter the profits earned on the sale of a principal residence from taxes owed.

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Updated Regulation For Building Inspection - Tag: Regulations

Posted by Jack Barker

The Provincial government intent to improve the rules and regulations for Building Inspections.  Implementation of the regulations will take effect on September 1, 2016 and the updated requirements are:

  • Home inspection contracts must describe in advance what will be covered in an inspection.
  • Contractual terms that limit home inspectors liability will be prohibited.
  • New business record keeping requirements will be put in place for home inspectors.
  • Home inspectors will be required to have valid professional and general liability insurance.

The Province intends to undertake a comprehensive review of qualifications required for a Building Inspector and these new standards are intended to be implemented in 2017.

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