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BC’s New Property Transfer Tax Exemptions: A Win-Win for Buyers and Sellers

The provincial government has recently introduced three major changes to the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) framework in a significant move to enhance housing affordability. These changes, set to take effect on April 1, 2024, carry important implications for both homebuyers and sellers, offering new opportunities and financial benefits. In this blog, we’ll explore how these changes can positively impact our clients, influencing their decisions in the dynamic real estate market.

1. Expanded First-Time Homebuyers’ Exemption: A Boon for Buyers

  • The threshold for the first-time homebuyers’ exemption is raised from $500,000 to $835,000.
  • The first $500,000 of the property’s fair market value is exempt from PTT.
  • The complete exemption gradually phases out between $835,000 and $860,000.
  • Potential savings of up to $8,000 for eligible first-time homebuyers.

Benefits for Buyers:

  • Increased affordability, allowing access to a broader range of properties.
  • Financial relief with potential savings of up to $8,000 during the home purchase.

2. Enhanced Newly Built Home Exemption: Incentives for New Home Purchases:

  • The exemption for newly built homes increases from $750,000 to $1.1 million on the fair market value.
  • A phase-out range applies to homes valued between $1.1 million and $1.15 million.

Benefits for Buyers:

  • More significant exemption for those purchasing newly built homes.
  • Financial incentives to consider new construction as a viable option.

3. Introduction of PTT Exemption for Rental Housing Buildings:

  • A new PTT exemption for purchases of new qualifying secured purpose-built rental housing buildings.
  • Criteria include a minimum of four apartment units, non-stratification, and at least 10 years of rental use.
  • Applicable to transactions between January 1, 2025, and December 30, 2030.

Benefits for Buyers and Investors:

  • Encouragement for investment in purpose-built rental housing.
  • Potential for long-term returns and contributions to the “missing middle” rental housing.

4. Considerations for Sellers:

  • Increased affordability for buyers may stimulate demand, potentially leading to a more active real estate market.
  • Sellers of properties within the exemption thresholds may find increased interest from first-time buyers.

These transformative adjustments to the PTT framework open doors to exciting opportunities for prospective buyers and sellers alike within the dynamic landscape of the British Columbia real estate market. For personalized insights and guidance tailored to your unique situation, connect with experienced professionals at the Northam Law team. Take the first step towards informed decisions by booking your complimentary consultation today at


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Melissa has 8+ years of combined Commercial, Business and Contract Law experience as In-House Counsel in manufacturing, health, real estate development, and broadcast communication industries. She is instrumental in developing strategies to minimize legal risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

She has 6+ years of Human Resources Management experience and a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Her practice includes Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills & Estates and Real Estate & Conveyancing.

For fun, she visits ancient sites and ruins and belts out popular Broadway tunes.

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Northam Law is a boutique law firm offering advisory services in Real Estate Law and Conveyancing, Business Law, and Human Resources. Our practice areas also include Wills & Estates and Family Law. Notarization services are also available.

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