BC Policy Changes for 2024

What Okanagan Buyers and Sellers Need to Know

Hey Okanagan friends,

Exciting news from Goldilocks Estates about BC's latest policy changes! These updates are designed to make owning a home in Kelowna more achievable than ever. Here's a quick overview:

First-Time Homebuyers’ Program

Starting April 1, 2024, the threshold for the First-Time Homebuyers’ Program has increased from $500,000 to $835,000. This change is designed to help more people purchase their first home. Here’s how it works:

  1. Exemption on Property Transfer Tax: Qualifying individuals buying homes up to $835,000 now receive an exemption on the property transfer tax for the first $500,000 of the home’s value. This means potential savings of up to $8,000 in property transfer tax for first-time buyers1.

  2. Reduced Exemption for Higher-Value Homes: For homes valued between $835,000 and $860,000, qualifying individuals can still get a reduced exemption. While the full exemption applies up to $835,000, there’s a partial exemption for the remaining value.

Newly Built Home Exemption

Dreaming of a brand-new home? To encourage new home construction, the threshold for the Newly Built Home Exemption has increased from $750,000 to $1.1 million. This change aims to boost new home building and help families move up the property ladder. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Higher Exemption Limit: If you’re buying a newly built home, you can now benefit from the exemption on the property transfer tax for homes valued up to $1.1 million. This is expected to assist 10,400 individuals and families annually, which is 2,400 more than in previous years1.

Purpose-Built Rental Exemptions

Investors, take note! Purchasers of qualifying new purpose-built rental buildings (with four units or more) may qualify for an exemption from the general property tax. Here are the details:

  1. General Property Tax Exemption: If you buy a purpose-built rental building valued at $10 million, you could save a substantial amount—up to $278,000—in general property transfer taxes. However, these buildings must be held as rentals for a minimum of 10 years.

Conclusion

The 2024 BC policy changes are a step toward addressing the housing crisis and making homeownership more attainable. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, a seller, or interested in rental properties, understanding these changes is crucial. Stay informed and take advantage of these opportunities in the Kelowna and Okanagan real estate market. Stay tuned for more updates and personalized insights from Goldilocks Estates. 

For more detailed information, visit the official government resources:

Let's make this spring a season of smart choices and exciting new beginnings in Kelowna's real estate scene. Happy house hunting! 

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