New Limit Of 500,000 Set To Property Transfer Tax

New PTT Threshold

BC's Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is a fee paid by all non-first time buyers, with some exemptions we'll go over. For many years the threshold has been set at $475,000 with a sliding scale for a rebate up to $500,000. The PTT was introduced in 1987 at a time that if you were spending $475,000 you were considered very wealthy. Take a look at what properties under $475,000 in White Rock got you in 1987. Back then you could buy 1.54 acres on Marine Drive for $420,000! It's apparent that it wasn't first time buyers making those purchases. To put that in perspective, only 0.17%, or one out of every 600 homes sold in White Rock in 1987 were over $475,000.

Recently the government announced that the ceiling will be raised to $500,000 for a full rebate. A property on the higher end of the threshold back in 1987 is worth $3,000,000 now. That's a 600% increase whereas the PTT limit has only increased by 5%. Today, there's no such thing as a detached home in White Rock for under $475,000. The lowest priced home in White Rock today, February 25, 2017 is a rancher on King George for $779,000. Here's a list of properties under $500,000 in White Rock today.

PTT Exemptions

As a first time buyer you're exempt from PTT as long as your purchase price is under 500,000. Anything over that you will need to pay 1% on the 1st $200,000 and 2% on every dollar after that. There's specific guidelines to the exemption that you can see on the BC Government Website

If you're not a first time buyer there is still a chance of avoiding the PTT. If you're purchasing a BRAND NEW property that's less than $750,000 before tax then you will qualify for the exemption as well. Again, you have to meet specific criteria which you can see here. Newly Built Home Exemption.

If you're spending over $2,000,000 the PTT payable is a flat 3% on the whole amount.

Something to keep in mind is that the PTT is payable at closing to your lawyer and does not form part of the mortgage.

  • $600,000 - Townhouse 17 15065 58 avenue, Surrey

    MLS® R2281190
    Ever imagine coming home and not starting your car again? This is your dream come true! The location [...]
    Listed by: Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty
  • $939,900 - House/Single Family 2190 152nd street, Surrey

    MLS® R2279085
    Very well maintained, renovated and remodeled rancher in the central South Surrey location. The owner [...]
    Listed by: Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty
  • $749,900 - Townhouse 58 7848 170 street, Surrey

    MLS® R2276982
    BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL, this CORNER home sits by Surrey Golf Club and just steps to the upcoming LRT Line. [...]
    Listed by: Coldwell Banker Marquise Realty
        

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