Strata Termination Update #521

A year ago in Legally Speaking No. 509, I described two Supreme Court of British Columbia cases that addressed whether a strata corporation must first pass an 80% vote (sometimes called a “winding-up resolution”) before strata council may list the whole complex for sale with a brokerage or enter a contract to sell the entire

Improving the Role of Managing Brokers

In October at BCREA’s Managing Brokers’ Conference, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) reported on work to review the roles and responsibilities of managing brokers in BC. They released a discussion paper and asked for feedback on five short- and medium-term actions as well as three long-term concepts. BCREA worked with member boards to

Reporting Your Professional Development Program Hours

The transition to the new Professional Development Program (PDP) framework is just around the corner! As of January 1, you’ll report any PDP hours you’ve acquired from learning opportunities outside of your board – whether accredited or self-directed – to your primary member board. As the reporting process looks slightly different at each board, your

Getting it Right: Real Estate Regulation and Commercial Licensing

In 2021, the BC Government intends to integrate the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) and the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) into the BC Financial Institutions Commission (BCFSA). According to the November 12 news release, this move will satisfy a recommendation made by Dan Perrin in 2018 to create a

Are you a REALTOR®? Join the BCREA board!

Are you interested in what’s going on with your profession? Do you follow the latest developments in real estate and talk to your fellow REALTORS® about leading our profession forward? If so, the British Columbia Real Estate Association is looking for you! BCREA is the professional association for more than 23,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing

EXTENDED: BCREA Public Director Position Available

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for more than 23,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s 11 real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients. The BCREA

Home Sales Firming Across the Province

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – December 12, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,616 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November, an increase of 27.5 per cent from the same month last year. The average

Mortgage Rate Forecast

To view the Mortgage Rate Forecast PDF, click here. Highlights Wild year for interest rates Canadian economy: slow and steady Why is the Bank of Canada holding back? Mortgage Rate Outlook As the year ends, it’s worth reflecting on how significantly the Canadian interest rate environment has changed in just twelve months. One year ago,

BCREA Launches Privacy Notice and Consent Form Video for Consumers

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) has created a new video to help consumers better understand the Privacy Notice and Consent form, and how REALTORS® protect consumer privacy and personal information during and after real estate transactions. You can show this video to consumers when discussing the Privacy Notice and Consent form, or at

New Anti-Money Laundering Initiatives in Development

The issue of money laundering continues to be one of ongoing governmental and public concern. BCREA have taken an active role in the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering In BC, having applied and received formal standing to partake in the process and represent provincial real estate interests. We have also been attending the