$40-million residential complex planned for Nanaimo

$40-million residential complex planned for Nanaimo

Vancouver’s Molnar Group is planning a $40-million apartment and townhouse project in Nanaimo as it continues to roll out development plans around Vancouver Island. “We are big believers in the Vancouver Island market. We came over there long before major developers were coming there like they are now,” said Dak Molnar, managing director of the […]

NDP failed to think through its “speculation tax”

NDP failed to think through its “speculation tax”

The B.C. provincial NDP government should immediately change the speculation tax it rolled out in its February budget with spectacularly ugly results. The tax makes every other Canadian a foreign buyer and even taxes British Columbians who have managed to secure a seasonal recreational property, such as a ski condo or a cottage. Destination communities, […]

Greater Victoria real estate market mirrors provincial trends

Greater Victoria real estate market mirrors provincial trends

A series of new figures show the local housing market in a state of uncertainty. New figures from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) paint a mixed picture when it comes to new housing starts. Housing starts in the category of detached homes dropped by 32 per cent in March 2018 compared to the same […]

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate steady at 1.25%

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate steady at 1.25%

The Bank of Canada is maintaining its trend-setting interest rate as its careful assessment of the timing of future hikes continues amid a backdrop of moderating growth. The central bank, which kept its rate at 1.25 per cent Wednesday, said slower first-quarter growth of about 1.3 per cent was largely a result of housing markets’ […]

B.C. residential real estate values predicted to keep climbing as seller’s market persists Despite slowing sales caused by government interventions, 12-year-low home listings means prices will “continue upward trajectory,” asserts real estate association

B.C. residential real estate values predicted to keep climbing as seller’s market persists Despite slowing sales caused by government interventions, 12-year-low home listings means prices will “continue upward trajectory,” asserts real estate association

Sales of homes on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) across the province in March were down 24.6 per cent from the same month last year. The BCREA said this was caused in large part by government measures to cool the housing market such as the strict new mortgage qualification rules launched in January, which typically […]

Property heading to ? 7 reasons why hard to tell

Property heading to ? 7 reasons why hard to tell

n some ways it would be easier to plan if we really knew for sure whether Canadian home prices were about to fall off a cliff as so many people keep predicting. But of course that’s not how markets work. A difference of opinion about the future is one of the reasons why there is always a […]

违建房屋 华裔夫妇花21万打11年官司

违建房屋 华裔夫妇花21万打11年官司

我们知道,在加拿大翻建、改建房屋,甚至砍树都要得到政府的许可,而一些新移民可能对这一规定不了解,从而想当然的认为自己的房子想怎么改造就可以怎么改造,这当然是错误的想法,违背法律法规是要付出一定代价的。近日,多伦多中区华埠一户姓曾的台湾移民,为了后园的加建部分,用了逾21万元跟市政府打了11年共两场官司。第一宗官司花了7年时间,最终户主胜诉,后园加建部分不用清拆。第二宗官司花了4年时间,户主拒绝让市政府人员入内检查,但败诉,被法官判缴付1万元堂费。 案中事主是81岁的曾士钧和75岁的妻子曾杨凤,他们两名子女于2006年在Brunswick Ave.,以71.8万元购买了1间半独立屋,让两老安享晚年。收楼后将屋后木建的残旧部分拆掉,花了近8万元重建有两层高的砖墙建筑。 曾家加盖建筑侧面 他们被邻居向市政府投诉,跟著被市府控告他们未有提交申请便自行重建,同时新建部分有51厘米(即1尺9寸)超过规限。 安省市政事务委员会(OMB)下令,他们需要申请建筑许可,否则多伦多市府可以派人拆除僭建部分,费用由他们支出。曾士钧不服,官司于是展开。 经过7年诉讼,用了逾20万律师费。曾氏夫妇出庭18次,他们向市府作辩指不知在其后园重建旧建筑前,要首先向市府提交申请。但市府官员则指控他们明是知道的,漠视规例。7年官司里,曾氏夫妇每次都是被判犯规而要清拆僭建部分。但他们没有放弃,每次都提出上诉。 终于在2013年7月,安省市政委员会(OMB)作出最终裁决,表示可容许僭建中的两项“轻微更改”,故不用清拆。 自从那时以来,对于市府要派员检查后园加建部分,这家人始终反对,为此再打官司。第二场官司由曾氏夫妇的女儿代表出庭,以《加拿大人权和自由宪章》抗辩。 女儿称,她母亲的精神健康已经受损。此外,她举出美国心理医生罗夫的诊断,指两老患有早发性脑退化、抑郁症、受刺激感到压力的病症,其中第2和第3项病症是因打官司引发的。 法官称,曾氏夫妇的女儿说,她父母的健康已经很差,如果允许市府检查,可能令他们的健康问题更严重,并声称市府的检查可能令他们出现生命危险。 图片来源:网络 但法官说,“我不接受这种说法”。法官认为,市府要求入内检查,是为了履行责任,确保这户人家新的建筑物不会造成危险,保证居民的安全。“没有理由可以说明,为何市府的检查会影响他们的健康。” 曾姓夫妇的女儿援引的是《加拿大人权和自由宪章》第7款。该款规定的“人的法律权利”包括:生命、自由、个人安全、基本正义原则,等等。 官司败诉之后,曾氏再由女儿代表上诉。在上诉中,她仍以人权和自由宪章作为辩护基础。 上诉法官聆讯后,不接受她的理据。上诉法官称,有关市府检查会影响曾氏夫妇健康的说法没有根据。检查人员并不需要接触2位老人。如果由于检查人员的到场会让老人不舒服,他们不妨短暂离开。 法官继称,一个人不能一方面违反法规,另一方面当人们对这种违法行为造成的后果进行校正时,又宣称这种校正干预了他的权利。如果真的是这样,那么市府在面对因违法建筑可能对公众造成的危害面前,就只好无能为力了。 此外,法官说,上诉需要提供新的证据,但他们未提供合格的新证据。 为此法官称,驳回上诉,上诉方需支付1万元堂费。 图片来源:网络 在这里,小编也再次提醒大家,翻建、改建在加拿大有着严格的审批制度,对于业主来说不了解这一点就无法开工,否则后果严重。非法改建如果出现问题,不仅保险公司可能不会理赔,屋主还可能触犯刑律。 另外,作为购房者也要注意一下这个问题,注意卖家有无将房屋非法改建,如果有非法改建的情况,买家应该要求卖家回复房屋原状。业主如果想改建房屋,一定要申请改建许可证。具体情况可向注册建筑师查询。 来源:约克论坛综述

大麻合法化会引起房价下跌吗?

大麻合法化会引起房价下跌吗?

特鲁多的自由党政府定在今年7月1日在加拿大全国范围实现大麻合法化,不但抽大麻合法、而且在加拿大绝大部分省区居民在房子里种大麻也合法。   担心   这让越来越多的加拿大人开始担心,大麻合法化对房地产价格会产生负面影响。   专家们的共识是,在室内种植大麻对房屋的损害主要来自两个方面。首先是室内种植大麻由于要消耗大量电力、会增加火灾的风险;第二是室内种植大麻由于需要很高的湿度和温度,房子内墙和地板下面容易滋生大量霉菌和霉斑,危害人体健康。   大麻屋   在大麻合法化之前就已经时常出现不知情的买家买下大麻屋后需要花费巨资进行清理工作的问题;这些大麻屋买主不但受到严重的经济损失、而且受到心理上的折磨。 Darryl Spencer   对于经营出租房的加拿大房东来说,房客种植大麻是让他们非常头疼的问题。包括隐私法在内的现行法律保护的是房客,房东甚至无权知道其房客是否在屋子里种植大麻;只要房客拥有医疗使用大麻的证明,房东就没有权利干涉房客在房子里种植大麻的行为。   房东害怕   保险公司也不站在房东一方。如果房东不告诉保险公司其出租屋内有人种植大麻,则发生火灾或发现房屋发霉损害的情况保险公司会拒绝赔偿;而如果向保险公司如实汇报出租房内有人种植大麻,则保险公司会停止承保。   加拿大保险市场只有极少数公司承接屋内有种植大麻活动的住房保险,但保费要至少贵一倍、而且还有种种例外条款。   这还只是大麻合法化之前的情况。可以想象在大麻合法化之后在自家房子里或者是在租住的房子里种植大麻的情况会成倍的增加。 Dan McGarvey/CBC   需要法规   这些大麻屋出租房和自住房上市出售会带来的问题也会成倍增加,而目前各级政府对这些问题都没有出台相应的法规;既没有强制卖方向买方披露所卖的房子是大麻屋,也没有强制对大麻屋进行登记注册,最主要的是没有明确大麻屋的卖方必须负责承担修复大麻屋的费用。   不过有专家担心,即便出台了这样的法规也难免房价受到负面影响的问题。不但大麻屋在上市出售时价格要打折扣,如果一个小区有好几个大麻屋,则整个小区的房价也受到负面影响。   例外   但例外的情况也会有。有专家认为在大麻合法化后大麻零售店附近街区的房价会上升,理由是购买大麻很方便,人们用不着在自己家里种大麻。 来源:加广中文、www.rcinet.ca、微信ID:radio-canada、作者:方华、RCI with CBC

B.C. builder sees hope in new tax laws

B.C. builder sees hope in new tax laws

Since British Columbia introduced the foreign buyer tax almost two years ago, Kenny Wong’s custom home construction business has been booming. The foreign buyer tax, which was just recently increased to 20 per cent, is largely credited for the big drop in house sales in the high-end neighbourhoods. But Mr. Wong says that because of the […]