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Airbnb & BC Assessment News

The provincial government initiated new real estate related change for 2024.


~  Restrictions on Short-Term Rentals:

Principal residence requirement

As of May 1st 2024, the Province is implementing a provincial principal residence requirement which will limit short-term rentals to:

  • The host’s principal residence 

  • Plus one secondary suite or accessory dwelling unit  

This is a significant policy change which will affect the availability of properties throughout British Columbia. For more complete information, please follow this link:


~ BC Assessment:

You should receive your BC Assessment value for your home in January. We are often asked why BC Assessment values rarely equate to market sale values.

The accuracy of BC Assessment values for houses can vary for several reasons:

1.  Assessment Timing: BC Assessment values are typically determined based on property values as of a specific assessment date, which may not align perfectly with current market conditions. Real estate markets can be dynamic, and property values can change rapidly. If the assessment date is significantly before or after a sale, the assessed value may not reflect the market value at the time of the sale.

2.  Methodology: BC Assessment uses various methods to determine property values, including sales comparison, income approach, and cost approach methods. While these methods aim to estimate market value accurately, they may not always capture all factors affecting a specific property's market value, such as unique features or recent renovations.

3.  Local Market Variations: Different neighborhoods and areas within British Columbia may experience varying rates of appreciation or depreciation in property values. BC Assessment uses mass appraisal techniques, which consider broad trends but may not account for specific localized factors.

4.  Property Condition: The condition of a property can significantly impact its market value. BC Assessment may not always have up-to-date information about a property's condition, and this can lead to discrepancies between assessed values and actual market values.

5.  Market Volatility: Real estate markets can be subject to periods of volatility, where prices can fluctuate significantly due to economic conditions, supply and demand, and other factors. BC Assessment values are typically determined based on historical data and may not always reflect these short-term market fluctuations.

6.  Appeals and Assessments: Property owners can challenge their BC Assessment values through an appeal process. If a property owner successfully appeals their assessment, the assessed value may be adjusted to better align with the property's market value. This can lead to discrepancies between assessed values and actual market values for properties that have gone through the appeal process.

It's essential to remember that BC Assessment values serve primarily as a basis for property taxation in British Columbia and are not necessarily intended to provide real-time market values. Property owners and buyer should consider various factors, including recent sales data, property conditions, and local market conditions, when determining the actual market value of a property.

In our experience, BC Assessment values rarely equate to actual market values. Our team would be happy to help with a springtime market evaluation.

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