Brokerage Insurance Program Now Offers Vicarious Liability and Disciplinary Fines Coverage

BCREA is pleased to announce that the Brokerage Insurance Program now offers vicarious liability and disciplinary fines coverage for managing brokers. This coverage is intended to protect managing brokers who have acted professionally and upheld rigorous professional standards but find themselves facing disciplinary action. The Brokerage Insurance Program is an affinity program created by BCREA

Markets at a Glance: October 2020

These charts provide year-to-date information on the pace of MLS® home sales for the province as well as in each of the BCREA member board regions and a comparison of current year sales with the previous year.

New ‘What Would You Do?’ Presentations Available for Managing Brokers

There are two new presentations available in the What Would You Do? Presentation Series, created by BCREA, the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and the Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance Corporation (E&O). These PowerPoint presentations explore the risks around conflicts of interest and misrepresentations and are now available for download on REALTOR Link®.

Beyond Your Expertise: When to Recommend Clients Get Legal Advice #531

The Question I am asked for advice from licensees on potential claims daily. They often describe a scenario involving complex matters beyond the expertise of a licensee, such as taxes, structural issues/defects or complicated legal questions, like whether a contract alive or dead? They want to know what they should do and what they should

COVID-19: Population Growth and Housing Demand

To view the Market Intelligence Report PDF, click here. Summary Findings: Immigration is the most important driver of population growth in BC, with a growing share within the prime working-age and household-forming demographic. The global pandemic has resulted in a sharp drop in immigration and consequently BC reporting one of the lowest quarterly increases in

The Provincial Election’s Over – Now What?

Well, wasn’t that an amazing election? OK, perhaps it wasn’t exactly a barn-burner result, and the degree of policy discussion was, shall we say, disappointing. While we don’t know the final results yet (an estimated 500,000 mail-in votes are still to be counted), we do know the NDP will form a majority government. There are

UPDATE: Have Your Say on Changes to Administrative Penalties

The new deadline for this consultation on changes to administrative penalties is November 13, 2020 (announced by the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate and Real Estate Council of British Columbia on October 27, 2020). In mid-September, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) and the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC)

Webinar Recording: BC Real Estate and the Election on Our Doorstep

On Wednesday, October 21, BCREA hosted a webinar and panel discussion to explore the impacts of the upcoming provincial election on the BC real estate sector. We discussed the key asks that BCREA and real estate boards will make of any new provincial government; the risks and opportunities for the real estate sector arising from

New Form Helps Brokerages Meet Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

In September, BCREA released the BCREA Individual Identification Information Record, a new one-page form created to help REALTORS® and brokerages record the identification of clients and unrepresented parties in low-risk face-to-face transactions. This form supports Realtors and brokerages in meeting anti-money laundering requirements and keeping the proceeds of crime out of BC real estate markets.

Comparing Provincial Party Housing Platforms

Below is a comparison of the three main party’s platforms’ impact on real estate and housing. COVID-19 Economic Recovery Green Allocate $300 million to create a six-month rent subsidy program for small businesses. Liberal Eliminate the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) for one year and then set it at three per cent for subsequent years. Permanently

September Survey Results on Economic Impacts of COVID-19

In mid-September, over 1,200 REALTORS® took BCREA’s third survey on the economic impacts of COVID-19. Many Realtors are still experiencing financial difficulties, with 16 per cent reporting no income from transactions in August and September. This number is down from 26 per cent of respondents who reported receiving no income from transactions from May to

Record September for BC Housing Markets

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – October 14, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 11,368 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September 2020, an increase of 63.3 per cent from September 2019. The average MLS® residential

Raise the Bar on Your Practice with the Newly Launched, Client Engagement Excellence: Assessing and Presenting Skills Course

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor Improve your ability to assess client needs, hone your presenting skills, and strengthen your core competencies of agency, disclosure, and ethics in BCREA’s new Client Engagement Excellence: Assessing and Presenting Skills, a self-paced online course available now. Written by real estate client engagement expert Gerald Clerx, the course covers the practical

Webinar: BC Real Estate and the Election on Our Doorstep

Join the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00 am PT to explore the impacts of the upcoming provincial election on the BC real estate sector. During this 75-minute webinar and expert panel discussion, we will review the key asks that BCREA and real estate boards will make of any new

Forms 2020: Post-Launch Webinar Recording and Resources

BCREA hosted a Q&A webinar for Realtors

On September 29, BCREA hosted a webinar to answer questions REALTORS® had after two weeks of using the new and revised standard forms and clauses that were included in our Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release. The webinar – which featured a panel including BCREA Chief Operating Officer Corinne Caldwell, Professional Services Manager Jennifer Lynch, and