“Elvis Cepus says he’s all for seeing his home in Vancouver’s Kerrisdale neighbourhood increase in value, but the one-third jump in his assessed value this year means his “ugly” bungalow has now hit nearly $1.9-million.
Mr. Cepus’s original 1955, 2,200-square-foot bungalow is just one of the West Side homes hit by assessment increases around 40 per cent higher than last year. While the average detached single-family residence, condo or townhouse in the city has gone up by about 16 per cent, the west side of Vancouver as well as the municipality of West Vancouver were hardest hit. Increases in those areas are typically around 25 per cent higher this year – and in certain pockets, such as Kerrisdale, the jump is more than 40 per cent.
Like everyone who’s sitting with a much higher assessment this year, Mr. Cepus is worried about tax increases come July. He realizes he got a deal when he purchased his house for $920,000 when the market had crashed in early 2009. Last year, when it was assessed at $1.385-million, he was shocked but pleased at the value of his modest, un-renovated house. This year’s $1.859-million assessment is a different deal.
“It’s the ugliest house on the street,” said Mr. Cepus, an engineer who lives there with his family. “We’re talking powder-blue bathroom and plywood cabinets in the kitchen.”
The home is valued at $17,000, so the value is in the 56-foot lot. He guesses the increase is due to large, 4,500-square-foot houses being built in his neighbourhood, driving up property values.
“There are massive houses being put up everywhere. I don’t have a leg to stand on, not if that’s what houses are going for, and that’s what comparables are doing,” he said. “But almost $1.9-million? Oh my God, when is it going to stop? The reality is people born and raised in Vancouver won’t be able to live in Vancouver anymore.”
- from ‘Assessments hit Vancouver homeowners hard’, Globe and Mail, 18 Jan 2012
This story is noteworthy for the apparently genuine sense of disbelief in the homeowner regarding market price.
Obviously this guy should be noting his own emotions, and taking them to the bank by selling.
Wise contrarians sell assets when they find themselves singing on in the car in celebration of their value.
Elvis may, however, be caught like a deer in the headlights, and watch frozen as the price reverts.
These lots will sell for a lot less than $900K in the trough.