Here's How Singapore's 'Flipping Tax' Works

Posted on Apr 18, 2018

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Vancouver, Here’s How Singapore’s ‘Flipping Tax’ Works
In Singapore, the faster you flip a property, the harder you’re hit with a duty.

Singapore, one of the most economically free countries in the world, recognizes the displacing power of wealth and so is heavily involved in housing, from robust public housing...

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April 2018 Westside Market Update

Posted on Apr 06, 2018 in Market Update

Westside detached house supply this March is up 5% from February (723 to 772) but is up 247% compared to 560 Mrach 2017. Westside detached home demand (sales) this March was about the same as February (52 to 53) and down 44% compared to 95 sales March 2017. This year, sales volumes are off 79% from sales in Feb. 2016 (pre foreign buyer tax).


The inc...

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Mar 2018 Westside Market Update

Posted on Mar 05, 2018 in Market Update

Westside detached house supply this February jumped 17% from December (617 to 723) but is up 27% compared to 568 last February 2017. Westside detached home demand (sales) this February was up 18% from January (44 to 52) and up 19% compared to 37 sales last February 2017. This year, sales volumes are off 76% from sales in Feb. 2016 (pre foreign buye...

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The NDP Just Lowered The Value of Our Houses

Posted on Feb 26, 2018 in Market Update

This taxation is political (TAX GRAB) and is poorly thought out as it does not account for the drop in demand which is a consequence of the onerous taxation.
So far this month we have had 49 MLS sales of westside detached homes. 
15 under $3M, 21 from $3M to $4M, 6 from $4m to $5M, 3 from $5M to $6M, 2 in the $6M’s, 1@ $8.5M, 1 @ $13M, & 1@ $17.4M

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Feb 2018 Westside Market Update

Posted on Feb 06, 2018 in Market Update

Westside detached house supply this January remained essentially unchanged from December (616 to 617) but is up 11% compared to 554 last January 2017. 
Westside detached home demand (sales) this January was up 26% from December (35 to 44) and up 19% compared to 37 sales last January 2017. 
December & January are typically the quietest months for both s...

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The highest sales price for a Westside detached home in November was $15.5M in Point Grey. The lowest sales price was $1.5M in Dunbar. 

Compared to 68 sales in November 2016, detached home sales were up 19% to 81 in November 2017. Of those sales, 17 received the asking price or more and 64 sold below the asking price. November 2017 supply increased 39% to 738 homes from 530 in November 2016.
No. of SalesNov 2016Nov 2017
% Change

Compared to October 2017, November detached west side home sales, decreased 24% from 106 to 81 while Months of Supply (MOS) increased to 9.1, from 7.3. Prices finally showed the drop we were expecting, down 13%, from $4.54M to $3.93M on average while median prices decreased 13% from $3.8M to $3.30M. 

Nov 2016
Nov 2017 % Change
Detached (M)   
Attached (M)
Apartment (K)$851/$663$986/$780   16%/18%
November Westside apartments supply & demand both decreased very little leaving MOS down to 1.8 vs 1.9 in October. Median prices are down 5% from $818K to $780K while average prices are down 2% from $1004K to $987K. Overall, prices have been quite flat since April 2017.
Townhouse supply in November is up 2% from 159 in October to 162, while demand is down 22% from 54 to 42 units in November. This gives us 3.9 MOS, up 34% from 2.9 MOS in October. This resulted in prices decreasing 3% on median from $1.399M to $1.360M and 8% on average from $1.56M in October to $1.436.

Mths of SupplyNov 2016Nov 2017
% Change

Detached home price reductions are creating a good buying opportunities. Apartment and townhouse prices remain stable and reflect strong demand and continued short supply. 

Price range Detached
No. sales  Nov
2016       2017
% sales
2016       2017
26             34
38%     42%   
28             2942%      36%
11             16
  16%      20%   
>$10M3             24%          2%
68           81

Government regulations both here and in China continue to make it difficult for foreign buyers to bring money here to purchase real estate and that is which creating opportunities for local buyers. Interest rates, currency exchange and lending restrictions will continue to be dampen sales. 
We are currently in a buyers market for detached homes.

Click on the link at the top right for Westside Graphs.
Please call me at any time for a considered response to any and all of your real estate questions.

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018!

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