Home prices too ex­pen­sive

The Daily Courier - - OPINION -

Dear edi­tor: With all due re­spect re­gard­ing the sub­ject let­ters and re­cent ar­ti­cles in the Daily Courier about the ever-in­creas­ing cost of hous­ing.

Ev­ery­thing stated is cor­rect with one flaw, and that is if hous­ing was more af­ford­able in B.C. and, specif­i­cally the In­te­rior, we would have the same fi­nan­cial in­put re­gard­ing those items that were “un­der­scored” in that let­ter ex­cept it would be lo­cal in­hab­i­tants who would be pro­vid­ing that in­put and it would be for 12 months of the year and not spo­rad­i­cally, as is the case when it is only “vis­i­tors” who re­side here part of the year.

I have no prob­lem with those who can af­ford to own more than one prop­erty and I wel­come them when they elect to spend part time in the lo­ca­tion of their choice.

How­ever, I think they should be more ac­cept­ing of the fact that they are likely much bet­ter off than those strug­gling to buy a home in the prov­ince where they re­side and I won­der why they they can’t buck up and ac­cept what would be a small hit to their pock­et­book com­pared to lo­cal res­i­dents striv­ing to live on much less and de­spair­ing as they see real es­tate prices ris­ing be­yond all rea­son­able abil­i­ties to own even one home.

The spec­u­la­tion tax is only a small step in an ef­fort to elim­i­nate what is one of the worst so­cial af­flic­tions we deal with. I feel that much more needs to done to to curb these in­equities to level the play­ing field for the sake of ev­ery­one.

Harry DeRosier

Sum­mer­land

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