Condo king calls for tax on flipping homes

Bob Rennie, the ‘condo king’ of Vancouver, says that there should be a new tax on those who speculate on the property market.

CBC is reporting that Rennie suggested the idea to an audience at the Urban Development Institute saying that there could be a sliding scale of tax rates depending how quickly properties were flipped.

He said that since banks won’t finance condos until the development is 60 per cent sold and it then takes some time to build, by the time the owners are able to move in they choose to sell up instead due to the rise in market value.

Rennie told reporters later that he did not agree on taxing foreign ownership but that speculation should be discouraged.

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  • by MFenn 2015-05-25 5:04:15 PM

    The problem with taxing investment is that condo builders want people to put forward the money. Telling investors, Go away - in effect - can mean they will simply put their money in another jurisdiction.

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