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Top 21 grants and rebates for property buyers and owners

August 16, 2010 2 comments

1 Home Buyers’ Plan

Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time.
Canada Revenue Agency: www.cra.gc.ca. Enter ‘Home Buyers’ Plan’ in the search box.
1.800.959.8287

2 GST Rebate on New Homes

New home buyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST) if the purchase price is less than $350,000. The rebate is up to 36% of the GST to a maximum rebate of $6,300. There is a proportional GST rebate fornew homes costing between $350,000 and $450,000.
Canada Revenue Agency: www.cra-arc.gc.ca. Enter‘RC4028’ in the search box.
1.800.959.8287

3 BC New Housing Rebate (HST)

Buyers of new or substantially renovated homes priced up to $525,000 are eligible for a rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portion (7% of the 12% HST) paid to a maximum rebate of $26,250. Homes priced at $525,000+ are eligible for a flat rebate of $26,250.

http://hst.blog.gov. bc.ca/faqs/new-housing-rebate
1.800.959.8287

4 BC New Rental Housing

Rebate (HST) Landlords buying new or substantially renovated homes are eligible for a rebate of 71.43% of the provincial portion of the HST, up to $26,250 per unit.

http://hst.blog.gov.bc.ca/faqs/new-housing-rebate
1.800.959.8287

5 Property Transfer Tax (PTT) First Time Home Buyers’ Program

Qualifying first-time buyers may be exempt from paying the PTT of 1% on the first $200,000 and 2% on the remainder of the purchase price of a home priced up to $425,000. There is a proportional
exemption for homes priced up to $450,000.

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue.
http://www.rev.gov.bc.ca/rpt
250.387.0604

6 First-time Home Buyers Tax Credit (HBTC)

This is a non-refundable income tax credit for qualifying buyers of detached, attached, apartment condominiums, mobile homes or shares in a cooperative housing corporation. It’s calculated by multiplying the lowest personal income tax rate for the year (15% in 2009) by $5,000. For 2009, the maximumcredit was $750.

Canada Revenue Agency
http://www.cra.gc.ca/hbtc
1.800.959.8281

7 BC Home Owner Grant

Reduces school property taxes by up to $570 on properties with an assessed value up to $1,050,000. For 2010, the basic grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of value over $1,050,000, and eliminated on homes assessed at $1,164,000+. An additional grant reduces property tax by a further $275 for a total of $845 for seniors, veterans and the disabled. This is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,050,000 and eliminated on homes assessed at $1,219,000+.

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue
http://www.rev.gov.bc.ca/hog or
contact your municipal tax office.

8 BC Property Tax Deferment Programs

Property Tax Deferment Program for Seniors. Qualifying home owners aged 55+ may be eligible to defer property taxes. Financial Hardship Property Tax Deferment Program. Qualifying low-income home
owners may be eligible to defer property taxes.
Property Tax Deferment Program for Families with Children. Qualifying lowincome home owners who
financially support children under age 18 may be eligible to defer property taxes.

BC Ministry of Small Business and Revenue.
http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca and enter ‘Property tax deferment’ in the search box or contact your municipal tax office.

9 Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) Grants.

This federal program provides financial aid to qualifying low-income home owners to repair substandard housing. Eligible repairs include heating, structural, electrical, plumbing and fire
safety. Grants are available for seniors, persons with disabilities, owners of rental properties and for the creation of secondary and garden suites.

http://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/co/prfinas/prfinas_001.cfm
1.800.668.2642 | 604.873.7408

10 CMHC Mortgage Loan Insurance Premium Refund

Provides home buyers with CMHC mortgage insurance, a 10% premium refund and possible extended amortization without surcharge when buyers purchase an energy efficient home or make energy savings
renovations.

http://www.cmhc.ca/en/co/moloin/moloin_008.cfm#reno
604.731.5733

11 LiveSmart BC: Efficiency Incentive Program

Home owners improving the energy efficiency of their homes who hire a certified energy advisor may qualify for cash incentives through this provincial program provided in partnership with Terasen Gas,BC Hydro, and FortisBC.

http://www.livesmartbc.ca/rebates
1.866.430.8765

12 BC Residential Energy Credit

Home owners and residential landlords buying heating fuel receive a BC government point-of-sale rebate on utility bills equal to the provincial component of the HST.

http://hst.blog.gov.bc.ca/faqs/energy-credit
604.660.4524

13 BC Hydro Appliance Rebates

Mail-in rebates of $25 – $50 for purchasers of ENERGYSTAR clothes washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, or freezers between June 1, 2010 and March 31, 2011, or when funding for the program is exhausted.

http://www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/appliance_rebates.html
1.800.224.9376

14 BC Hydro Fridge Buy-Back Program (different from Appliance rebates)

This ongoing program rebates BC Hydro customers $30 to turn in spare fridges measuring 10 – 24 cubic feet in working condition.

http://www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/fridge_buy_back.html
604.881.4357

15 BC Hydro Windows Rebate Program

Customers can save $100 per window on BC made ENERGY STAR windows until August 18, 2010.

http://www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/current_offers.html

16 BC Hydro Mail-in Rebates/Savings Coupons

To save energy, BC Hydro offers rebates including 10% offan ENERGY STAR cordless phone; 50% off an E2™dualflush toilet; $15 off a clothes drying rack; and 50% off Earth Massage showerheads. Check
for deadlines.

http://www.bchydro.com/rebates_savings/coupons.html
1.800.224.9376

17 Terasen Gas Rebate program

A range of rebates for home owners include a $25 gift cards for furnace servicing; $50 rebates for upgrading a water heater; $150 rebate on an Ener-Choice fireplace; $1,000 rebate for switching to natural gas and installing an ENERGY STAR heating system.

http://www.terasengas.com/homes/Offers/LowerMainland-Squamish.html
1.888.224.2710

18 SolarBC Incentives

Contractors will provide home owners buying a solar hot water system with a $2,000 discount at the point of sale until December 31, 2010.

http://www.solarbc.ca/learn/incentives-costs
1.866.650.6527

19 City of Vancouver Solar Homes Pilot

Offers $3,500 (about 50% of the cost) towards the cost of a solar hot water system for anyone building new homes in Vancouver. Offered by the City of Vancouver, SolarBC, Terasen Gas and Offsetters to 50 new homes on a first come, first served basis, January 2010 – March 2011, with buildingpermits issued in 2010.

http://vancouver.ca/sustainability/SolarHomes.htm
604.873.7748

20 RBC Energy-Saver Mortgage

Home owners who have a home energy efficient audit within 90 days of receiving an RBC Energy Saver™ Mortgage may qualify for a $300 rebate credited to their RBC account.

www.rbcroyalbank.com/products/mortgages/energysaver-mortgage.html

1.800.769.2511

21 Vancity Green Building Grant

In partnership with the Real Estate Foundation of BC, Vancity provides grants up to $50,000 each to qualifying charities, not-for-profit organizations and co-operatives for building renovations/retrofits, regulatory changes that advance green building development, and education to increase the use of practical green building strategies.

https://www.vancity.com/MyCommunity/NotForProfit/Grants/ActingOnClimateChange/GreenBuildingGrant
604.877.7000

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BC home sales expected to rise in 2011

August 13, 2010 1 comment

BCREA Housing Forecast Update – Third Quarter 2010

BC housing markets are returning to typical post-recession demand patterns. The dramatic rebound in consumer demand during 2009 and subsequent decline during the first two quarters of 2010 has set the stage for a gradual increase in home sales during the fall and through 2011. Residential unit sales through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC are forecast to decrease 7 per cent to 79,500 units in 2010, before climbing 5 per cent to 83,400 units in 2011.

A slower than expected normalization of interest rates will temper erosion of affordability as economic output posts more moderate growth for the balance of this year and through 2011. Stronger corporate profits are triggering employment growth and a reduction in the unemployment rate is now underway.

A larger inventory of homes for sale has created the most favourable supply conditions for home buyers in more than a year. While tighter mortgage qualifications for low equity home buyers has negatively impacted demand, more borrowers are now channeling into 5-year fixed mortgages where discounted rates increase purchasing power.

The average MLS® residential price is forecast to increase 6 per cent to $492,800 this year and edge down 1 per cent to $489,500 in 2011. Some softness in home prices is expected through the summer months in most regional markets. However, inventory levels peaked in May and will likely edge lower in the coming months, leading to more balanced conditions in the fall with a commensurate firming of home prices.

“The volatility in consumer demand characteristic of the past 24 months is expected to give way to more gradual improvement through 2011,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Housing demand has fallen back to earth from its break-neck pace at the end of 2009 and is expected to more closely match overall economic performance over the next 18 months.

“A larger inventory of homes for sale has created the most favourable conditions for home buyers in more than a year,” added Muir. “However, the buyers’ market is expected to be short-lived as total active listings peaked in May and are beginning to wane, with more balanced conditions set to emerge in the fall.”

After a sharp pull back in new home construction last year, home builders are gradually increasing production to meet demand. BC led the country in population growth over the last three quarters and with the inventory of complete and unoccupied units expected to decline, builders are adjusting production to match supply with household formation.

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Homebuyers and sellers less active in July

August 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Home sales activity in Greater Vancouver was quieter last month than most
Julys over the past decade, with residential sales, prices, and the number of homes listed for sale trending downward
in recent months.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that the number of residential property sales in
Greater Vancouver totalled 2,255 in July 2010. This represents a 45.2 per cent decline from the 4,114 sales in July
2009, the highest selling July ever recorded, and a 24.1 per cent decline compared to June 2010.

Looking back further, last month’s residential sales represent a 3.7 per cent increase over the 2,174 residential sales
in July 2008, a 41.8 per cent decline compared to July 2007’s 3,873 sales, and a 17.5 per cent decline compared to
July 2006’s 2,732 sales.

“With the pace of home sales and listings easing off in our market, we’ve begun to see a levelling of home prices
from the record highs seen in the spring, creating greater affordability,” Jake Moldowan, REBGV president said. “Activity
in today’s marketplace is clearly trending in favour of buyers.”

The number of properties listed for sale on the market has been trending downward since spring, with 4,138 new
listings in July compared to April’s peak of 7,648. New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in
Greater Vancouver on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) declined 17.9 per cent in July 2010 compared to July
2009, when 5,041 properties were listed for sale.

At 16,431, the total number of property listings on the MLS® in July declined 6.5 per cent compared to last month
and increased 33 per cent compared to July 2009.

“It’s currently taking home sellers who work with a REALTOR®, on average, 45 days to sell their property, which
is a historically healthy timeframe for people on both sides of a transaction,” Moldowan said.
Since spring, housing prices have decreased 2.8 per cent compared to the all-time high reached in April when the
residential benchmark price was $593,419.

Over the last 12 months, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI)
benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver increased 9.1 per cent to $577,074 in July 2010
from $528,821 in July 2009.

Housing Price Index

Sales of detached properties in July 2010 reached 908, a decrease of 43.7 per cent from the 1,614 detached sales
recorded in July 2009 and a 9.8 per cent increase from the 827 units sold in July 2008. The benchmark price for detached
properties increased 11.5 per cent from July 2009 to $793,193.

Sales of apartment properties reached 979 in July 2010, a decline of 42.7 per cent compared to the 1,708 sales in
July 2009 and an increase of 1.3 per cent compared to the 966 sales in July 2008.The benchmark price of an apartment
property increased 6.2 per cent from July 2009 to $387,879.

Attached property sales in July 2010 totalled 368, a decline of 53.5 per cent compared to the 792 sales in July 2009
and a 3.4 per cent decline from the 381 attached properties sold in July 2008. The benchmark price of an attached unit
increased 8.6 per cent between July 2009 and 2010 to $490,995.

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