• Tax on foreigners leaves Vancouver real estate exposed, analysts say

    With a new tax on foreign homebuyers in Vancouver expected to slow purchase activity, there is a greater risk the city’s lofty real estate prices would be vulnerable to a potential jump in local unemployment, Fitch Ratings said on Monday.

    The new tax will likely be effective in tamping down buyer activity, Fitch analysts wrote, but with signs that the market may have begun to cool even before the tax, that leaves Vancouver home prices more exposed to potential changes in Canada’s economy.

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