政府該不該對非本國投資人課稅? Should we tax foreign buyers of Vancouver real estate?

 

 

vreta-chart-0-lines溫哥華居高不下的房價和來自海外的投資客,在最近的南中國晨報網站的一篇報導中,在此被拿出來打伐。此篇報導是有關一位來自中國,目前住在加拿大的一位兩個孩子的母親對於海外投資客的看法。Joy Mo來自中國,於2002定居於溫哥華,卻對於相同來自中國的投資買家有所怨言。她認為這些買家炒高了房價卻對本地社會沒有貢獻。

“我不是說他們不該買房子,畢竟這也太不實際。”Joy説到。”但是對於非本國籍買家,我們難道不該有不同的課稅標準嗎?”

溫哥華本地人早對來自香港和大陸的買家怨聲載道,因為他們被視為推高本地房屋的炒手。

在最近兩次買屋的經驗中,Joy都因出價低於競爭對手而沒買到想要的房屋。其中一次就是敗給同樣來自中國的買家。已經快要成為三個孩子母親的她,對此感到無奈莫名。Joy認為,如果本地政府能夠向香港一樣,對非本國籍買家增收15%的買賣稅,起碼會讓這些買家對本地社會有所貢獻。

溫哥華市長,Gregor Robertson,則表示這種躁進的行為會嚇跑海外買家。他認為,跟香港比起來,溫哥華的房價還是溫和許多。畢竟,2012的香港房價暴漲26%,所以增收15%的買賣稅有其必要性。同時,他表示,政府會關注房市情況,如果需要的話,不排除採取相關措施。

 

Vancouver’s sky-high real estate prices and the influence of offshore investors has come under fire again, in a controversial article on the South China Morning Post website.

 The Post article, by Vancouver correspondent Ian Young, focuses on translator Joy Mo, who was born in China and now rents a house with her husband and two children in Coquitlam, B.C..

Mo, who has lived in the Vancouver area since 2002, blames her fellow countrymen and women for driving up local housing prices without contributing sufficiently to the local community.

“I’m not saying they shouldn’t buy,” said Mo in an interview with the CBC. “I mean, nobody can stop them from buying. I’m saying for international buyers, shouldn’t we set a different tax standard like a lot of other countries do?”

Vancouverites have long complained that wealthy real estate speculators from Hong Kong and mainland China have driven up housing prices. (Andy Clark /Reuters)

Mo is expecting her third child and has been trying to buy a house in the TriCities area. She and her husband have been outbid twice, once by a foreign buyer, also from China.

She thinks the way to go is an extra premium — a tax — for offshore buyers, similar to the 15 per cent tax on non-residents that Hong Kong has implemented.

“I’m not sure it would actually push the real estate prices down, but at least [offshore buyers] would contribute a little bit more to society,” says Mo.

Journalist Ian Young acknowledges that singling out one group to blame is contentious, but thinks his article serves an important purpose:

“The fact that a large number of these buyers are Chinese should not deter a discussion about whether or not it is a desirable situation.”

‘We don’t want to take any rash actions that might impact investment in the city. We’re not Hong Kong.’– Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson

Vancouver Mayor GregorRoberston says the market is nowhere near as hot asHong Kong’s, but that his task force on housing affordability is checking out options.

“We don’t want to take any rash actions that might impact investment in the city,” said Robertson.

“We’re not Hong Kong. They saw real estate prices rise 26 per cent last year, which is unbelievable – they had to take rash actions to deal with that.

“We’re not at that stage. But there are warning signs that we have watch very carefully, and we may have to take action in the future if it’s warranted.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/should-we-tax-foreign-buyers-of-vancouver-real-estate-1.2452769

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