Harveen Johal

New COVID-19 Presumption in the Workers Compensation Act

As of August 20, 2020, REALTORS® have yet another reason to maintain high standards of hygiene and safety. Schedule 1 of the BC Workers Compensation Act includes a new presumption for infections caused by communicable viral pathogens, such as COVID-19, that are the subject of a Public Health Act notice or a declared state of

“The Unusual World of Pandemic Economics” – Why BC’s Housing Market Remains Strong Despite COVID-19

Vancouver, BC – September 9, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association’s (BCREA) latest Market Intelligence report, The Unusual World of Pandemic Economics, points to uneven job losses across sectors, an increase in many households’ rate of savings, swift government aid, a tighter-than-ever housing supply and low interest rates as the drivers behind BC’s recent

Transparency Registers Effective October 1

As of October 1, 2020, all BC companies must maintain transparency registers in their offices along with their other corporate records. A transparency register is a list of all significant individuals connected to the company and the requirement applies to real estate brokerages and personal real estate corporations. To get started, the BC Government recommends

Strata Insurance Update

For several months, BCREA and other stakeholders have drawn the government’s attention to significant increases in the cost of strata property insurance in BC. This is a complex issue and, while it can’t be solved quickly, actions are underway. Initial research findingsThe BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA), BC’s financial services regulator, published a brief interim

Action Plan for Economic Recovery to Achieve CleanBC Goals

In August, BCREA interviewed the Pembina Institute’s director for buildings and urban solutions, Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, to understand their perspective on making homes and buildings in BC low carbon, healthy and resilient. Tom-Pierre was a coauthor of a July submission sent to the BC Government, “Accelerating BC’s economic recovery through building retrofits.” Closely aligned with BCREA’s

Monitoring COVID: BCREA Develops New Economic Resources

The COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard allows readers to monitor the evolution of the BC economy as the province gradually reopens. The dashboard focuses on the sectors and activities that have been most significantly impacted by the pandemic and the province’s subsequent state of emergency. The most recent update shows that home sales have more than fully

Knowing the Rules May Not Be Enough #529

A recent discipline decision from the Real Estate Council of BC (Council) illustrates how important it is for licensees to be aware of and follow Council guidelines and their interpretations, which can be found in newsletters, notices, articles, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, all readily available on Council’s website. In this decision,1 a couple

Province Revises Strata Property Act in Response to Insurance Crisis

The Province of BC has changed the Strata Property Act and the Financial Institutions Act in response to the recent escalation of insurance premiums and deductibles. In a communication to Strata Managers, the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) highlighted that now: Strata corporations are required to inform owners as soon as it is feasible

BCREA 2020 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update: Surprisingly Strong Recovery to Propel Housing Market in 2021

To view the BCREA Housing Forecast Update PDF, click here. Vancouver, BC – August 25, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2020 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update today. Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province are forecast to rise 6.5 per cent to 82,380 units this year, after recording

Strong Recovery Continues for BC Housing Markets

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – August 13, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 10,090 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July 2020, an increase of 26.6 per cent from July 2019. The average MLS® residential