Three Election Questions REALTORS® Can Ask Candidates

Sep 30, 2020

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Matt Mayers
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As all parties focus on COVID-19 economic recovery in the lead-up to October’s provincial election, BCREA is advocating for market housing affordability to be a key part of the next government's post-election plans.

For BC’s REALTORS®, meeting with candidates is a great opportunity to ask questions and suggest that the next government focuses on these issues.

Whether you speak with candidates over the phone, through door-to-door campaigning or in virtual all-candidates meetings, you can use the questions below to make sure your candidates understand your priorities. These conversations can also help you decide how you vote!

Here are three questions related to BCREA’s key areas of focus you can ask your candidates:

1. Housing Supply

Everyone is interested in housing affordability. The problem is that it’s so difficult to get new supply, which we all know will help address high prices and rents. The recent Development Approval Process Review report identified several ways for the provincial and local governments to streamline the approval of new housing supply. Will you commit to adopting these measures to fast-track development?

2. Strata Insurance

Strata insurance premiums have gone through the roof. It’s a big problem for a lot of people, without an easy fix. BCREA believes that one further initiative would be providing training for strata council members. Do you support making this training mandatory?

3. Energy Retrofits

During and after our current health crisis, the environmental crisis continues. We see a lot of homeowners spending money on renovations, but not really thinking about energy efficiency. Do you support BCREA’s recommendation to create more voluntary energy efficiency incentives for people who are planning renovations?

The election provides an opportunity to ask candidates about their values and policies to support British Columbians. With your help we can deliver a message that Realtors are advocating for the next government to support policies that encourage economic vitality, provide housing opportunities for all British Columbians, and respect the environment, thereby making the communities we live in stronger.

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