Janie Cranfield

Housing Market Update – January 2021

Watch BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson discuss the December 2020 statistics. [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/cg3Lw6b6rbs” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] Click here to visit our YouTube channel. Read the news release here. For more information, please contact: Brendon Ogmundson Chief Economist Direct: 604.742.2796 Mobile: 604.505.6793 Email: [email protected] To subscribe to receive BCREA publications such as this

UPDATE: COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard

The dashboard was last updated on January 5, 2021. To view the COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard PDF, click here. The BCREA Economics team has created the COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard to help REALTORS® monitor the evolution of the economy as BC navigates the recovery. This dashboard focuses on the sectors and activities that have been most significantly impacted

BCREA Nowcast

BC Monthly Real GDP Estimate for October 2020 & Preliminary Estimate for November 2020 (Updated: January 4, 2021) The BCREA Nowcast estimate of provincial economic growth (expressed as year-over-year growth in real GDP) for October is -0.5 per cent. For comparison, output in the Canadian economy was 3.5 per cent lower year-over-year in October. We

COVID-19: Resources for REALTORS®

Last updated: December 9, 2020 BCREA has created this dedicated page to help real estate boards and REALTORS® access resources related to real estate practice and the COVID-19 crisis. We will provide new information and resources as they become available. In addition to uploading new content here, we will send out email updates to all

Anti-Money Laundering Resources

Background Resources Advocacy Last updated: January 13, 2021 Ensuring REALTORS® have the resources to meet anti-money laundering requirements is an important step towards keeping money from criminal activity out of BC’s housing market. BCREA has created this dedicated page to help Realtors access BCREA’s anti-money laundering resources. Throughout the fall, we’ll add to these resources

Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release

Background Resources Quick Links Last updated: October 2, 2020 This page contains background information on the Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release, information and resources to help Realtors prepare for use of the forms, and quick links to other relevant resources. BCREA will update this page as new information and resources are available. Background On September

Sketching Out the Potential Impact of COVID-19 on the BC Housing Market

To view the Market Intelligence Report PDF, click here. Summary Findings: While it’s unknown how the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak will impact the economy in the long-term, BC is facing a sudden stop in economic activity with little guidance to when things may return to normal. Based on our scenario analysis, BC home sales and prices

Estimating the Impacts of the Speculation and Vacancy Tax

To view the Market Intelligence Report PDF, click here. Summary Findings: While all BC markets experienced sharp declines since 2018, the Speculation and Vacancy tax (SVT) is estimated to have reduced home sales in taxable regions in BC by an additional 12.5 per cent compared to non-taxable regions. Growth in home prices since 2018 is

Ideas into Action: BCREA Managing Brokers’ Conference

Register today for BCREA’s second Managing Brokers’ Conference and join managing and associate brokers from across BC on October 16 and 17 at the Coast Capri Hotel in beautiful Kelowna for a day of networking and learning! This year’s conference theme is Ideas into Action, and the all-day conference on October 17 will take an

Pitfalls in Transactions Involving Strata Condominiums #516

A recent Civil Resolution Tribunal decision1 highlights some important practice points for licensees in transactions involving strata condominiums. The buyer of a strata condominium claimed against the seller’s agent in misrepresentation and false advertising arising from the description of the building as having a “fully rainscreened exterior” in the MLS® listing. The buyer was surprised

Organized Real Estate Wants You!

Join BCREA’s Board of Directors BCREA is seeking REALTORS® for its Board of Directors, for election at its next AGM on March 24, 2020. Ideally, the candidates should have served previously on boards of directors in organized real estate and should come equipped with governance and a range of business skills and backgrounds, including commercial.

RECBC and BCREA Work Together to Change Regulatory Education

The Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) have signed an agreement that will see the management of regulatory education for real estate professionals transition to RECBC in the fall of 2019. Through this agreement, RECBC will increase its oversight, control and direct involvement in the development and

In a Bind Over Home Insurance?

How to secure coverage during wildfire season Most buyers won’t realize there’s a difference between an insurance company giving them a quote for an insurance policy and an insurance company binding an insurance policy. But as a REALTOR®, you certainly should. When an insurance provider “binds” an insurance policy it means they’ve issued the policy

REALTOR® Safety Quiz

How high do you score? One of the best parts of being a REALTOR® are the relationships you build with clients. Still, getting to know new clients isn’t without risk and veteran REALTORS® all have their stories of awkward or even dangerous situations they’ve experienced over the years. There are lots of resources available online

Pooled Registered Pension Plans

A retirement savings option for REALTORS® REALTORS® in BC are generally classified as self-employed. Self-employed individuals who don’t have access to a workplace pension plan need to consider other retirement savings options. A Pooled Registered Pension Plan (PRPP), which pools your assets with those of others to reduce administration costs, is one option that you

New WEBForms® Platform to Launch in July

CREA ready for early rollout in BC Good news from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)—the new WEBForms® platform will be available in BC as early as mid-July. CREA will reach out to BC REALTORS® who are using WEBForms® about a week before the launch date with some training materials and to announce the exact

BCREA’s Government Liaison Days

Moving the dial on real estate advocacy issues Market housing affordability, anti-money laundering and remediating properties used to produce drugs were the priorities at this year’s Government Liaison (GL) Days, which took place in Victoria at the Hotel Grand Pacific from April 28 to 30. GL Days is BCREA’s key advocacy event that brings together

Real Estate Professions Taking the Lead to Curb Money Laundering

Media coverage that captured REALTOR® professionalism On Monday, April 15, 2019, the British Columbia Real Estate (BCREA) headlined the provincial and national news after it released a series of recommendations and best practices to government to help curb money laundering. The recommendations were developed collaboratively with four other organizations: the Real Estate Board of Greater

Anti-Money Laundering: Opportunities for Action

A public inquiry into money laundering has now been ordered. This has been a media favourite for a long time, and certainly since the reports of Peter German and the Expert Panel on Money Laundering in BC Real Estate were published on May 9. Here’s a quick summary of BCREA’s actions, analysis and how we’re