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Assessed property values stabilize in parts of B.C. including Metro Vancouver



In the ever-changing landscape of British Columbia's real estate, the most recent housing assessment data brings a breath of stability to several housing markets across the province. BC Assessment, the authority responsible for evaluating property values, reports that the shifts in Metro Vancouver are notably less pronounced than in previous years. A closer look reveals that the only significant change exceeding five per cent occurred in the Village of Belcarra, where the assessed value of a typical family home saw a nine per cent increase, reaching just over $2 million.


For a single-family home in Vancouver, reflecting the market conditions as of July 1, 2023, the assessed value rose by a modest four per cent, reaching slightly above $2.2 million. In contrast, strata properties experienced minimal change, remaining nearly unchanged at $807,000.


Beyond Metro Vancouver, the stabilization trend extends to various regions such as the Lower Mainland, the Sunshine Coast, Greater Victoria, and the Okanagan. In these areas, only single-home values in three communities witnessed changes exceeding five per cent. Notably, Sechelt and Harrison Hot Springs both experienced a six per cent decline, while Hope faced a more significant decrease of 13 per cent.


However, BC Assessment notes that northern and central B.C. communities exhibited more fluctuations. Several areas, including Prince Rupert, saw an eight per cent decrease, bringing the assessed value to $409,000, falling within the plus-or-minus-10-per-cent range.


These assessments are not merely numbers on paper; they play a crucial role in the lives of homeowners. The government relies on these evaluations to determine homeowner grants, offering relief on property tax bills. Homes valued at under $2.15 million may benefit from grants ranging from $570 to $1,045. This system aims to alleviate the financial burden on homeowners.


The rollercoaster of assessments is not exclusive to southern regions. Even in northern and central Vancouver Island, there are notable spikes and dips. The Village of Port Alice stands out with a significant increase of 34 per cent in single-home values, now assessed at $349,000.


Taking a bird's eye view of the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast, BC Assessment reports a collective rise in total assessments. This year, the combined assessments have reached nearly $2 trillion, up from about $1.94 trillion last year. Bryan Murao, an assessor, highlights that while residential values have plateaued, the assessments for commercial and industrial properties are on an upward trajectory. This is particularly evident in the Fraser Valley, driven by a scarcity of available land.


As homeowners breathe a sigh of relief with stabilized residential property values, the intricate dance of assessments continues to shape the intricate tapestry of British Columbia's real estate landscape.


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