Think the elimination of the state tax deduction on federal returns will affect real estate? New York City just upped the challenge proposing an additional Millionaires’ Tax. Seattle passed a similar tax and Massachusetts will vote in November. Expensive cities may learn a lesson from their neighbors to the North. Vancouver is so expensive their politicians want to tax its real estate market into submission, and one out of five homeowners surveyed want home prices to fall 30% or more. Unlike Silicon Valley, London or New York where high-paying tech and finance jobs helps explain the high prices, Vancouver has such low salaries they courted Amazon with the boast, “The lowest wages of all North America.” It is hotly debated if Chinese buyers are to blame for the 60% increase in home and condominium prices, but Vancouver increased their Foreign Buyer Tax to 20%, increased property taxes on second homes whose earnings come from abroad and added an Empty Home Tax. The sentiment: people who work in the city should be able to live here.
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