Poll: Housing and tax harmonization
The majority of Yourhomers say housing should be exempt from tax harmonization, an issue explored last week in Stephen Dupuis' column.
Dupuis wrote that harmonization would hit home buyers hard, estimating that the tax impact would be an additional $17,920 on a $350,000 home or condo.
And Yourhomers agreed. A whopping 82 per cent of the voters in last week's poll said that housing should be exempt if the province moves forward with the idea of harmonizing the sales tax.
Just under a fifth, at 18 per cent, voted against an exemption for housing and, for the first time in Yourhome poll history, there were no votes cast in the "I don't know category."
This week, our poll takes a look at mandatory energy audits for home sales. Under the proposed new Green Energy Act, Ontarians won't be able to sell their homes or condos without first getting an energy audit, which costs roughly $300.
As I blogged last week, as a prospective buyer, I'd prefer to have a picture of my energy costs and know what work would need to be done to cut my bills before making an offer on a property. But critics argue the audits are just a thinly disguised new tax.
Read more on this topic in Home sellers face $300 'green' audit and Green audits have critics seeing red, then share your thoughts and cast your vote on the front page. I'll let you know the results next weekend!
And, for some lighter Saturday fare, check out Colin and Justin's transformation of a 1980s-themed bedroom into a peaceful retreat and the stunning Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation's prize home.