“THE majority of residential home owners within the region can expect a modest change compared to last year’s assessment,” said Acting Assessor Paul Borgo. “The single family home market is very stable while the residential strata market is quite robust this year.”
The table below indicates the Greater Vancouver region’s estimated typical range of percentage changes to 2018 assessment values by property type compared to 2017 (note that property assessments may vary by individual jurisdiction/municipality within the region).
|Property Type||URBAN Areas
of Greater Vancouver
Range of % Changes in Value
(as of July 1, 2017)
of Greater Vancouver
Range of % Changes in Value
(as of July 1, 2017)
|Residential Single Detached Homes||-5% to +15%||-5% to +25%|
|Residential Strata Units
|+5% to +35%||+5% to +25%|
|Commercial||+5% to +50%||-5% to +20%|
|Light Industrial||0% to +45%||0% to +10%|
Overall, the Greater Vancouver region’s total assessments increased from $825.2 billion in 2017 to $907.1 billion this year. A total of almost $13.2 billion of the region’s updated assessments is from new construction, subdivisions and rezoning of properties. The BC Assessment Greater Vancouver region includes Vancouver, University Endowment Lands, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Belcarra, Anmore, New Westminster, North Vancouver (City & District), West Vancouver, Bowen Island, Lions Bay, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Gibsons, Sechelt and Sechelt Indian Government District.
The summary below provides estimates of typical 2017 versus 2018 assessed values of residential homes throughout the region. These examples are actual individual assessment examples and are not averages. These examples demonstrate market trends for both single-family and strata residential properties by geographic area:
(Note that for the Greater Vancouver region,
of July 1, 2016)
of July 1, 2017)
|Percentage Change in Value
(2018 vs 2017)
|City of Vancouver|
|West Side Single-Family-33′ Lot, 1928||$2,381,400||$2,421,600||+2%|
|East Side Single-Family-33′ Lot, 1946||$1,338,900||$1,350,900||+1%|
|West Side Strata Low-rise, 2002||$827,000||$906,000||+10%|
|East Side Strata High-rise, 2003||$486,000||$557,000||+15%|
|City of North Vancouver|
|Boulevard Single-Family, 1908||$1,591,100||$1,620,100||+2%|
|Hamilton Single-Family, 1950s||$1,939,000||$2,033,000||+5%|
|Lower Lonsdale Strata Townhouse, 1995||$914,000||$994,000||+9%|
|Central Lonsdale Strata High-rise, 2001||$400,000||$484,000||+21%|
|District of North Vancouver|
|Blueridge Single-Family, 1961||$1,474,000||$1,534,000||+4%|
|Lynn Valley Single-Family, 1971||$1,640,000||$1,732,000||+6%|
|Upper Lonsdale Strata Low-rise, 1990||$563,000||$662,000||+18%|
|Lynn Valley Strata Townhouse, 1979||$868,000||$936,000||+8%|
|District of West Vancouver|
|Ambleside Single-Family, 1948||$3,325,300||$3,547,300||+7%|
|Waterfront Single-Family, 1967||$5,799,000||$5,522,000||-5%|
|Altamont Strata Townhouse, 2001||$1,563,000||$1,847,000||+18%|
|Dundarave Strata Low-rise, 1995||$1,190,000||$1,363,000||+15%|
|District of Squamish|
|Garibaldi Highlands Single-Family, 1964||$892,000||$962,000||+8%|
|Downtown Single-Family, 1950||$636,000||$720,000||+13%|
|Garibaldi Estates Strata Townhouse, 2002||$496,000||$596,000||+20%|
|Garibaldi Estates Strata Low-rise, 1992||$271,300||$321,500||+18%|
|Resort Municipality of Whistler|
|Creekside Single-Family, 1979||$1,587,000||$1,711,000||+8%|
|Alpine Meadow Single-Family, 1984||$1,388,000||$1,701,000||+23%|
|Village Strata Townhouse, 1997||$673,000||$877,000||+30%|
|Blackcomb Benchlands Strata Townhouse, 1995||$896,000||$1,114,000||+24%|
|City of Burnaby|
|Capitol Hill Single-Family, 1946||$1,336,800||$1,400,300||+5%|
|Buckingham Single-Family, 1971||$2,726,000||$2,726,000||0%|
|Metrotown Strata High-rise, 1999||$608,000||$728,000||+20%|
|Edmonds Strata Townhouse, 2007||$459,000||$532,000||+16%|
|City of Coquitlam|
|Central Coquitlam Single-Family, 1980’s||$1,325,000||$1,504,000||+13%|
|Westwood Plateau Single-Family, 1992||$1,401,000||$1,400,000||0%|
|Town Centre Strata High-rise, 2009||$478,000||$546,000||+14%|
|Maillardville Strata Townhouse, 1989||$477,900||$581,200||+22%|
|City of Port Coquitlam|
|Citadel Heights Single-Family, 1990’s||$1,058,000||$1,164,000||+10%|
|Lincoln Park Single-Family, 1970’s||$848,000||$876,000||+3%|
|Downtown, Strata Low-rise, 1995||$291,000||$373,000||+28%|
|Citadel Strata Townhouse, 1994||$698,000||$850,000||+22%|
|City of Port Moody|
|Heritage Woods Single-Family, 1997||$1,842,000||$1,862,000||+1%|
|North Shore Single-Family, 1970s||$1,380,000||$1,426,000||+3%|
|Newport Strata High-rise, 2005||$493,000||$552,000||+12%|
|Newport Strata Low-rise, 1996||$524,000||$604,000||+15%|
|City of New Westminster|
|Queen’s Park Single-Family, 1910s||$1,609,000||$1,610,000||0%|
|Sapperton Single Family, 1960s||$1,132,000||$1,355,000||+20%|
|Sapperton Strata High-rise ,1992||$533,000||$654,000||+23%|
|Downtown Strata Townhouse, 1993||$587,000||$690,000||+17%|
BC Assessment’s website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about 2018 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2018’s top valued residential properties across the province. The website also provides self-service access to a free, online property assessment search service that allows anyone to search, check and compare 2018 property assessments for anywhere in the province.
“Property owners can find a lot of information on our website including answers to many assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2017 or see incorrect information on their notice, should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January,” said Borgo.
“If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31st, for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel,” added Borgo.
The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and typically meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.
The Greater Vancouver BC Assessment office is located at:
During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825-8322) or online at bcasssessment.ca
Facts on B.C. Property Assessments and the 2018 Assessment Roll
- Total number of properties on the 2018 Roll is 2,044,482, an approximate 1.17% increase from 2017.
- Total value of real estate on the 2018 Roll is over $1.86 trillion, an increase of nearly 12% from 2017.
- Total amount of ‘non-market change’, including new construction, rezonings and subdivisions is approximately $31.6 billion, an increase of almost 28% from the 2017 Roll of $24.7 billion.
- In B.C., approximately 88% of all properties are classified with some residential (Class 1) component. This equates to $1,445,509,108,324 of the value on the total provincial roll.
- Over 98% of property owners typically accept their property assessment without proceeding to a formal, independent review of their assessment.
- Assessments are the estimate of a property’s market value as of July 1, 2017 and physical condition as of October 31, 2017. This common valuation date ensures there is an equitable property assessment base for property taxation.
- Changes in property assessments reflect movement in the local real estate market and can vary greatly from property to property. When estimating a property’s market value, BC Assessment’s professional appraisers analyze current sales in the area, as well as considering other characteristics such as size, age, quality, condition, view and location.
- Real estate sales determine a property’s value which is reported annually by BC Assessment. Local governments and other taxing authorities are responsible for property taxation and, after determining their own budget needs this spring, will calculate property tax rates based on the assessment roll for their jurisdiction.
- BC Assessment’s assessment roll provides the foundation for local and provincial taxing authorities to raise over $7.5 billion in property taxes each year. This revenue funds the many community services provided by local governments around the province as well as the K-12 education system.
- BC Assessment’s website provides a listing of property assessments and sales to help property owners understand their property’s market value and provide comparable sales information. Go to bcassessment.ca and use “Find your property assessment”.
- For more information on the 2018 Assessment Roll and regional and province-wide real estate market trends including lists of the province’s top valued residential properties, please visit www.bcassessment.ca and click on the “Property Information & Trends” link.