Tim Pember

RE/MAX Westcoast

Cell 604-968-4999

Email: tim@rememberpember.ca


BC’s 2014/15 budget contained a piece of very good news for some first-time homebuyers:  The threshold for exemption for Property Transfer tax (PTT) has been increased to $475,000 (from the prior threshold, $425,000).   Between $475,000 and $500,000 there will be a partial exemption.  If you’re considering a purchase between $475,000 and $500,000 let me know; I’d be happy to walk you through the calculation. 

Eligibility requirements for the Property Transfer Tax exemption for first-time home buyers are as follows.  You must:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have lived in B.C. for 12 consecutive months immediately before the date you register the property or filed at least 2 income tax returns as a B.C. resident in the last 6 years
  • have never owned an interest in a principal residence anywhere in the world at any time 
  • you have never received a first time home buyers' exemption or refund

and the property must:

  • Be located in B.C.
  • only be used as your principal residence
  • have a fair market value of $475,000 or less if registered on or after February 19, 2014
  • be 0.5 hectares (1.24 acres) or smaller

This will be a big help for First-Time Home Buyers in BC’s major cities.  It’s increasingly hard to find housing that is suitable for small families for less than $425,000, so I’m glad to see the Provincial Government has taken note of this and increased the threshold.   This will make the goal of home ownership more affordable for many first-time buyers.

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