Harveen Johal

Real Estate Sector Stresses Consumer Education and Due Diligence

For Immediate Release Vancouver, BC – April 16, 2021. The British Columbia housing market is currently experiencing a heightened level of activity, leading to increased competition and a trend of prospective purchasers submitting unconditional offers, at times without having financing secured. In a competitive market it’s important that consumers continue to focus on the due diligence associated

Land Owner Transparency Registry Publicly Searchable as of April 30, 2021

The Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR) becomes publicly searchable on April 30 and guidance from the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) on how to use LOTR in real estate practice is coming soon. BCREA will support brokerages and REALTORS® in adapting their practice in accordance to the RECBC guidance once it’s available. In the

BCREA Seeks Focus Group Participants for Practice-Ready REALTOR® Project

By Katja Gallagher, Education Coordinator, BCREA Are you a new REALTOR®, managing broker or have many years of experience in the profession? Would you like to share your insights concerning the unique needs and challenges of new Realtors? If so, we want to hear from you! BCREA has launched the Practice-Ready REALTOR® Project that seeks

Mortgage Rate Forecast

To view the Mortgage Rate Forecast PDF, click here. Highlights Mortgage rates increase as economic growth expectations revised higher Growth in the Canadian economy set to take-off in 2021 Bank of Canada remains on hold but may be tested by increased inflation Mortgage Rate Outlook Canadian 5-year bond yields jumped in February and are now

Supply and Demand: A Quantitative History of BC Home Prices

To view the Market Intelligence Report PDF, click here. Summary Findings: Growth in home prices is a function of many factors and those factors do not always impact prices to the same degree Shocks to housing demand and interest rates are the largest contributors to fluctuations in home prices, but provincial and municipal governments have

Commercial Indicator Reaches High In Q4 2020

To view the full Commercial Leading Indicator PDF, click here. The BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) reached a new high since the start of the series in 1999. The CLI rose from 139 to 144 in the fourth quarter of 2020, representing the second consecutive increase after four consecutive quarterly declines. Compared to the same

Learning from an RECBC Discipline Decision #535

Starting in 2016, the real estate profession has seen numerous regulatory changes, including increased fines, new regulations, greater involvement from the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and the elimination of limited dual agency. As a result, I have tried to focus many of my more recent articles on discipline decisions of RECBC. While discipline

Three Brokerage Insurance Issues You May Be Overlooking

If you own or manage a real estate brokerage, it’s important to regularly review your insurance policy to ensure it meets your needs and adequately protects you and your brokerage. When reviewing your policy, there are three often-overlooked issues you may want to consider or raise with your insurance broker: Does your commercial general (third-party)

OSRE Wants Your Input Into Real Estate Teams

The Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) invites REALTORS® and others to give input into the regulation of real estate teams by participating in a survey open until Friday, April 2, 2021. OSRE has been working with the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) to consider how to enhance the regulation of teams

OSRE Announces Five Recommendations to Support Managing Brokers

On Tuesday, February 9, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) announced five preliminary recommendations to support managing brokers as part of a report into the role of managing brokers in real estate transactions.  The study was completed in collaboration with the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and with input from BCREA,

Administrative Penalties Expanded

Today, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) and the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC) announced changes to the Real Estate Rules to expand the use of administrative penalties (APs). OSRE first proposed these rule changes in September 2020, in a consultation that attracted nearly 600 responses – including a detailed

RECBC Approves 10 Per Cent Hike in Licensing Fees

Effective April 1, 2021, The Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) will increase their biennial licensing fees from $1,800 to $2,000. RECBC members approved the proposed increase on January 18, following a short consultation beginning in December 2020. The new fee structure will be implemented, subject to objections from Minister of Finance Selina Robinson. Licensing

BCREA 2021 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update: Provincial Housing Market Set Up for Very Strong 2021

To view the BCREA Housing Forecast Update PDF, click here. Vancouver, BC – January 25, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2021 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update today. Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province are forecast to rise 15.6 per cent to 108,680 units this year, after recording

Strong December Home Sales Close Out an Unprecedented Year

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – January 13, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 93,953 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2020, an increase of 21.5 per cent from the 77,350 units sold in 2019. The

BCREA Advocacy 2020 Year in Review

2020 was an eventful year that required BCREA to adapt to many unexpected challenges. As with most British Columbians, the COVID-19 pandemic required changes how we conduct our practices. We have learned just how resilient and adaptable BC’s Realtors can be, showing leadership and coming together to help flatten the COVID-19 infection rate. Below are

CleanBC Rebates Doubled

To help BC’s economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, many CleanBC rebates are doubled until December 31, 2020. These initiatives will help homeowners save energy and will also help the province meet its new emissions target rate to be 16 per cent below 2007 levels by 2025. The increased rebates are available for: switching from

New Cabinet Will Lead BC’s Economic Recovery

After the BC NDP won a majority of legislative seats, Premier John Horgan has announced the new provincial cabinet. The BC NDP’s cabinet positions will play a key role in economic recovery and are an important conduit for BCREA to advance our advocacy issues. Below is a summary of ministerial appointments affecting real estate. Hon.