April van Ert

Planning for Post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery

BCREA’s Recommendations for the Next Provincial Government With British Columbians being asked to head to the polls on October 24, BCREA is advocating with all parties to ensure that market housing affordability is a cornerstone of the province’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made market housing affordability inequities more apparent than ever,”

Banff Western Connection Cancelled

Due to COVID-19 the 2021 Banff Western Connection Conference, which was to be held in January 2021 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, has been cancelled. Banff Western Connection means so much to all of us at BCREA and we’re disappointed to share this news. However, it’s important that we all remain

CEWS Now Allows for Accrual-based Accounting

The latest round of changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program broaden its reach by allowing entities that use the cash method of accounting to use accrual-based accounting to calculate their revenues. This is one of the changes that the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) had advocated for to make the program accessible to

BCREA Chief Economist Re-appointed to Economic Forecast Council

British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson has been re-appointed as a member of the Province of British Columbia’s Economic Forecast Council until July 2023. Ogmundson was invited to extend his current term by Minister of Finance Carole James. “COVID-19 has had unprecedented impacts on BC’s economy,” says Ogmundson. “Now more than ever, I welcome

CERB or CEWS: Which Federal Aid is Right for You?

If you are a REALTOR® trying to understand whether you should apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) (due to launch April 6) or the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) (launch details unavailable) there are two questions to ask yourself: Are you self-employed? Have you incorporated as Personal Real Estate Corporations (PREC) and receive

LTSA Continues to Meet Demand

More than 8500 applications processed this week While Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) has introduced social distancing measures in their offices, such as restricting access to staff, direct access pass-holders and Registry Agents, it’s keeping up with customer demand and expects to remain open for business. In a statement posted on

BCREA Welcomes Change to Stress Test

Vancouver, BC – February 19, 2020. As the voice of BC’s 23,000 REALTORS®, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) welcomes Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s announcement of changes to the benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, also known as the “stress test”. Minister Morneau announced that as of April 6,