Q: What do you mean by Non-Resident?
A: A Non-resident is a person who either might be an out of province Real Estate Buyer or a Non-resident of Canada.
Q: Do you work with a lot of Non-Residence Buyers?
A: Yes! I dealt with numerous out of province and out of country rea estate purchasers. I provide full service viewing through skype, 3D floor planning, and complete information package from start to finish in addition.
Q: Do Non-residents pay more taxes when buying Real Estate in Victoria BC?
A: at this point, Victoria does not have a foreign or non-resident additional taxes assigned. This blog will be updated if such ruling come to effect as it did for greater Vancouver area Real Estate purchasers. I do work with sophisticated team of tax experts and lawyers that can answer every of your question base on personal situation. Please don't hesitate to ask for their information.
Q: Is there a sales Tax due when buying a Real Estate property, house or condo in Victoria BC?
A: Yes! British Columbia has a tax transfer fee. In general
Provincial Property Transfer Tax of 1% on the first $200,000, 2% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $200,000 and up to and including $2,000,000, and 3% on the portion of the fair market value greater than $2,000,000 is payable by the Buyer, calculated on the fair market value of the Property; unless the Buyer qualifies for an exemption.
This Exemption depends on the many factors like if you are a first time buyer and your age.
In addition to Provincial Property Tax Transfer fee if applicable, the real estate buyer is responsible for any balance owed on Annual Real Estate Property Taxes due at the closing time.
Please click here for more information on Real Estate cost involved as a buyer and or seller.
Q: If I am only in my Victoria BC home seasonally, say 4 to 6 months out of the year, who takes care of my home or condo while I’m away?
A: It is all depend of what you wish to do with your house or condo, while not in Victoria BC. If you wish to rent it or lease it while away, there are reputable Real Estate Property Management companies which I can refer. depending on the service you require from them, they charge an average of 10-20% of the rental fees per month. It is important to keep in mind that if purchasing a condo, Townhouse, or strata duplex, to review all the Provincial Bylaws associated with your property for any rental, age, and pet restrictions. Some Strata properties have no rental restriction at all and operate even as a transient zone for short term rentals. Some only allow rental for a minimum of 30-60 days and many require minimum of 6 months.
I review all your strata documents, minutes, AGM and depreciation report and have a lawyer to review everything on your behalf for additional protection of your interest. I take pride of researching everything involved in your purchase.
If you're not planning to rent or lease your property, it is important to have someone maintain your property while it is vacant. This services include, yard maintenance, security, mail pick up, cleaning and such which in British Columbia Real Estate licensing falls under Real Estate Property Management. I'd be more than happy to refer you to most reputable companies in Victoria. It is also important to consult with a tax expert accountant if an additional Vacant tax fees apply. I will update the blog if such tax reform takes effect in Victoria as currently does not exist.
Q: Should I get a condo versus a single family home because condos are low-maintenance?
A: In BC, these properties are called Strata Titled Properties. Purchasing a Strata versus a Single Family Detached Homes are a common frequently asked questions. Please Click here to read the difference here.
Q: Who pays for your real estate services?
A: In most cases it is the Real Estate Seller, who takes care of my Brokers commission and fees. In a very rare cases, where the Seller deals with discounted Brokers, or selling privately, the commission that is assigned for my services on behalf of the Seller (Vendor) does not cover my assigned services fees. Therefore after negotiating, if the seller does not agree to cover my full commission, it is the responsibility of my Buyer client to cover my fees. I always disclose every cost, expense, earning and such according to Canadian Real Estate Council requirement. So as a buyer you'd make a detailed educated decision in every step.
Q: Can a Non-Resident of Canada Buyers Get a Loan to Purchase Victoria BC Property?
A: Yes! Canadian banks and mortgages are very accommodating and in general the process of approval is much faster than United State. Regardless of your residency, Canadian financial institutions, review the application and qualification quite fast and provide you with pre-approval letter, which can help determining your max budget and down payment. Next step is to make sure to have conditional offer subject to Financing approval in the contract of purchase and sale (your Offer) and send it to the mortgage specialist/broker. The process of this subject usually is assigned for 7-10 business day.
generally based on my experience, for foreign buyers, non-Canadian buyers, there is 30-35% down payment requirement with a proof of income of the last 2 years.
Q: Why Is it Beneficial if You Search Properties For Me?
A: If you are not familiar with the neighborhoods, I save you a lot of time and frustration. My expertise and experience on neighborhoods, pending assessments, construction details, association fees, and locations what we put to work for you. Instead of searching and searching only to find out that what appears on the surface to be a great house is not…. Let me do the leg work for you. I take pride of detail research and protecting your interest. My motto is Real Estate from A to Z.
Q: I see the terms “sold AS-IS” in many of the listings. Are these distressed properties that I should stay away from?
A: Most "Sold AS/IS, Where Is" properties are bank foreclosures, court orders. There are many factors and challenges involved in buying such properties and it usually takes longer time for approval. It also can be a risky move, since even after you receive an accepted offer from the bank, you still have to face the court and judge approval, and worst, if in court any other interested buyer attends, it turns into a competing multiple offer with sealed offer envelope. These properties also require full research, inspection, repair budgeting, in advance which I's be happy to provide this service on your behalf. Purchasing such properties depends on personal motivation. Keep in mind if flipping and investment are in mind, not every of this properties priced lower than a regular sale and not worth the process. Also i do recommend to consult a tax and a lawyer if planning to flip for income tax purposes.
Q: Is home property insurance difficult to get?
A: It is easy to obtain a property insurance in Victoria BC. There is a questionnaire that requires thorough respond for the insurance agent to determine the safety of your real estate purchase as a home owner. These questions vary from oil tank, heating source, pluming material, electrical (knob and tube), asbestos and other hazardous material existing, fire-places, exterior construction material, security system, roof age, and some other related questions which mostly the responses are in your inspection report. There is also an additional optional coverage for earthquake.
Q: Why Choosing your services over other REALTORS®?
A: There are many good REALTORS® in Victoria BC. what i offer in addition is a thorough and transparent process which it does not stop after closing date. When choosing a real estate agent in Victoria BC, it is as you create a serious relationship as i like to compare marriage while in the relationship. There are expectation from both sides which I make clear on our first consultation. I have to add, my Real Estate market knowledge, negotiation skills, and relationship in the industry are the key of my success in this field and I'd happy to work on your behalf for this most important investment.
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