PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICES ARE HERE

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WHAT’S A PROPERTY WORTH? PROPERTY ASSESSMENT NOTICES ARE HERE
(Updated January 2013) Property owners throughout BC received their yearly assessment notice in the first week of January from BC Assessment (BCA), the government agency responsible for determining and reporting property value estimates.

This notice is BC Assessment’s estimate of a property’s value as of July 1 and, for new construction or substantially renovated homes, the physical condition as of October 31 of each year.

BC ASSESSMENT AND A REALTOR® ASSESSMENT. WHY THE DIFFERENCE?

BCA’S ASSESSMENT AND THE MARKET VALUE DETERMINED BY A REALTOR® MAY BE DIFFERENT. WHY?
Both BCA assessors and REALTORS® calculate market value by analyzing sales of comparable homes within a local market, and look at factors that affect value such as size of home, view, location – on a busy or quiet street, number of bedrooms, construction quality, floor level, and garage or parking stalls.

Where every lot and every home on a street are typically the same, both BCA’s value and a REALTOR’s® value will be similar during stable market conditions.

Differences occur in neighbourhoods where lots have been rezoned or are different shapes and sizes, where architecture and views are unique, and where owners have made changes that BCA hasn’t yet taken into account.

Differences also occur during market instability when prices rise or fall during the six-month period between July 1 and January 1 the following year.

PROPERTY VALUES STABLE
Since July 1, 2012 home owners may have seen prices stalling in some neighbourhoods and rising in others. BCA reports that the majority of residential homeowners will experience an assessment change of less than 5% compared to last year’s assessment roll.

Sample Changes Year Over Year
Location 2013 Assessment Roll 2012 Assessment Roll $ change % change
Burnaby (Capital Hill, detached) $734,000 $683,000 $51,000 7.5%
Coquitlam (Maillardville, detached) $677,000 $652,000 $25,000 3.8%
Ladner (Detached) $767,000 $784,000 -$17,000 -2.2%
Maple Ridge (Detached) $438,000 $441,000 -$3,000 -0.68%
New Westminster (Sapperton, detached) $550,000 $523,000 $27,000 5.2%
North Vancouver, District (Lynn Valley, detached) $846,000 $878,000 -$32,000 -3.6%
Pemberton Village (Detached) $463,000 $499,000 -$36,000 -7.2%
Port Coquitlam (Lincoln Park, detached) $531,000 $529,000 $2,000 0.4%
Richmond (Steveston, detached) $808,000 $809,300 -$1,000 -0.12%
Sunshine Coast (Gibsons, detached) $391,000 $431,000 -$40,000 -9.3%
Vancouver (Downtown, 2-bed apartment) $567,000 $610,000 -$43,000 -7.0%
Vancouver (East side, detached, 33’ lot) $1,081,000 $1,031,300 $50,400 4.9%
Vancouver (West side, detached 50’ lot) $1,622,900 $1,645,400 -$22,500 -1.4%
West Vancouver (Ambleside, detached) $1,698,100 $1,577,800 $120,300 7.6%
Whistler (Village, 2-bed apartment) $429,000 $491,000 -$62,000 -12.6%

THE DEADLINE TO APPEAL IS JANUARY 31, 2013
Property owners who disagree with their assessment should do their homework by visiting www.bcassessment.ca and then e-valueBC to compare their assessment with those of their neighbours. Each year, about 1.6% of all BC property owners appeal their assessment.

Property owners should first contact their local assessment office and talk to staff who can make adjustments if there is an obvious error, for example if BCA included a complete renovation, when it was merely a spruce-up.

Property owners who decide to appeal must complete a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) form and file it by January 31, 2013 at 11:59 pm. For information, visit www.bcassessment.ca and select Property Assessment Review Process. Then select Property Assessment Complaint Process – Step-by-Step Guide.

Area assessors’ phone numbers
Location Phone number
Vancouver, the North Shore, Squamish,
Whistler, Pemberton, Sunshine Coast
604-739-8588
Richmond, South Delta 604-576-4700
Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge 604-850-5900
Anmore, Belcarra, Burnaby, Coquitlam,
New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody
604-294-6441

WHAT CAN A SUCCESSFUL APPEAL MEAN FOR A PROPERTY OWNER?
If a property assessment decreases, property taxes may potentially also decrease.

BCA determines the assessed value of a property for tax purposes. The taxing authorities – both local and provincial
governments – set tax rates each spring according to budget requirements. The tax rate is used to determine the amount of
property tax that must be paid, based on the assessed value of a property.

The tax rate applies to each $1,000 of net taxable value. The formula for calculating taxes on property is:
Tax Rate x Assessed Value / 1,000

If the tax rate for residential property is 4.01, taxes of $4.01 are charged on every $1,000 of assessed value. Residential
property valued at $1,000,000 will have property taxes of $4,010 ($4.01 x $1,000,000/1,000).

NO ASSESSMENT NOTICE
Property owners who haven’t received an assessment notice by mid-January should contact the area phone numbers listed above or visit www.bcassessment.ca and select Questions about your assessment? (Far right-hand side) or by phoning  1.866.825.8322.

If a property owner has concerns about their local taxes, they should contact their local government office. Taxes aren’t
appealable.

NEW FEATURES
New features on the BCA website at www.bcassessment.ca include:
•  Assessment roll total value by area and property class.
•  Provincial median sale price to November 2012 for single family residential and for strata residential.
•  Photos (thumbnail size) for some properties from communities where BCA has been working on its Property Photo Update
initiative.
•  Top 200 Valued Residential Properties in all of BC.
•  Top 100 Valued Residential Properties in Vancouver Sea to Sky assessment region (Includes Vancouver, North Vancouver
City & District, West Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast).
•  Top 100 Valued Residential Properties in North Fraser assessment region (Includes Burnaby, New Westminster,
Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore, Belcarra).
•  Top 100 Valued Residential Properties in the Fraser Valley assessment region (Includes Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows).
•  Top 100 Valued Residential Properties in the Richmond/Delta assessment regiona (Includes Ladner and Tsawwassen).

SAVE ASSESSMENT DATA
Visit www.bcassessment.ca and select e-valueBC to view and compare the assessed value of any BC property. You can download and save assessment data as a PDF or an Excel file.

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