Nice to have a happy ending from a perplexing situation. My client B, a part-time Vancouver resident, felt she was forced to sell her Vancouver condo due to the empty homes tax. Keeping her condo, which she visits about twice a month - not enough for "full time" status - would cost her an extra $5,000 / year in property taxes. Feeling she couldn't afford this, she listed her condo with me earlier this spring.
All ended well, however. We found B. a fantastic new condo home. Yes, it's still in Vancouver, but she's close to everything she wants - including her much-loved grandchildren - and she gets so much more for her home dollars compared with the west side. With the more convenient location and larger living space, she'll be spending much more time here in town. Her new home won't be subject to the empty homes tax.
Now there's lots of room for her grandchildren to visit, even for sleep-overs!
"Thank you so much, Robert. I feel you have done an excellent job of marketing and negotiating the sale of my Vancouver condo, and finding a way for me to keep a home base here in the Lower Mainland. I never even considered staying in Vancouver, but you found me the perfect new home. And thank you for putting me touch with the buyers; their request (and your idea!) to buy some of my furniture will help me out immensely! I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone who is looking for a realtor."