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2020 property assessments will reflect B.C.’s moderating real estate markets

All numbers are preliminary projections only and are subject to change. The final numbers will be released on January 2, 2020.

Many soon-to-be released property assessments will show a moderating market, with more modest changes in property values compared to previous years based on trends in the real estate market as of July 1, 2019.

“We first saw signs of moderation during the 2019 property assessments,” said BC Assessment assessor Tina Ireland. “For 2020 assessments, we are seeing a continued ripple effect of a moderating market expanding across the province.”

The accompanying map demonstrates the forecasted ranges of typical changes in 2020 property assessments by region and property type.

“Changes in property assessments really depend on where you live,” said Ireland. “For example, assessed values of homes in many areas of Metro Vancouver will see a softening in value, while other markets and areas of the province will see minimal change and even modest increases over last year’s values.

“Commercial properties continue to trend upwards in many parts of the province, but have stabilized within the Lower Mainland.”

Based on what was happening in the real estate market as of July 1 this year, the table below provides examples of what percentage changes that property owners in various areas of the province can expect to see with their 2020 assessed values (listed by property type):

 

2020 Assessment Roll

Projected Typical Market Value Changes

(Comparing July, 2018 to July, 2019)

 

Geographic Area

 

Residential

Single Family

Homes

 

Residential

Strata

Homes

(Condos)

 

Commercial

Properties

 

Industrial

Properties

Lower Mainland Region        

Vancouver / North Shore

Burnaby / Tri-Cities

 

-10% to -15%

 

-15% to 0%

 

-15% to +15%

 

-10% to +25%

Squamish -5% to +5% -10% to 0% -5% to +5% 0% to +5%
Whistler 0% to +15% -10% to 0% -5% to +5% -5% to +5%
Sunshine Coast -10% to +5% -5% to +5% -5% to +15% +5% to +15%
Richmond / Delta

 

-10% to -15%

 

-10% to 0%

 

0% to +10%

 

+10% to +30%

Surrey / Langley

 

-10% to -5%

 

-10% to 0%

 

0% to +10%

 

+10% to +30%

Abbotsford / Chilliwack

 

-10% to 0%

 

-10% to 0%

 

+10% to +25%

 

+5% to +35%

Vancouver Island Region        
Greater Victoria Area (South Island) -10% to +5% -5% to +5% +5% to +15% +10% to +25%
Central & North Vancouver Island

-5% to +15%

 -5% to +15%

 +5% to +15%

 +5% to +25%

Thompson Okanagan Region        
Okanagan -5% to +10% -10% to +10% 0% to +15% +5% to +30%
Kamloops 0% to +10% -5% to +15% +5% to +20% 0% to +20%
Kootenay Columbia Region        
Cranbrook +5% to +10% 0% to +5% 0% to +5% 0% to +5%
Nelson 0% to +5% +5% to +10% +5% to +10% +5% to +10%
Revelstoke/Golden +5% to +15% +5% to +15% +5% to +15% +5% to +15%
Northern BC Region        
Prince George 0% to +10% 0% to +10% +15% to +30% +15% to +30%
Williams Lake 0% to +10% 0%  to +10% +0% to +15% 0% to +15%
Dawson Creek -5% to +5% -5% to +5% +5% to +15% 0% to +15%
Terrace +15% to +25% +10% to +20% +30% to +50% +5% to +10%

*All numbers are preliminary projections only and are subject to change. The final numbers will be released on January 2, 2020.

All British Columbia property owners will receive their annual property assessment notice in early January 2020. However, to make sure property assessments are fair, they are all calculated based on the same date of July 1st every year.

“When properties similar to your property are sold around July 1, those sales prices are used to calculate your assessed value,” said Ireland. “Our job is to make sure your assessment is fair and accurate as compared to your neighbours.” 

During December, BC Assessment is providing notification letters to property owners whose assessments are changing significantly more than the average change.

Visit bcassessment.ca on January 2 to access a variety of 2020 assessment information including searching and comparing 2020 property assessments as well as market movement trends.

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