Marianne Brimmell

UPDATED: Selling Tenant-Occupied Properties During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Update: This post was updated on May 5, 2021 after a review of suggested protocols. REALTORS® are encouraged to read the updated version below. Selling a tenant-occupied property is always more complicated than selling an owner-occupied property. Selling a tenant-occupied property during a global pandemic adds another layer of complexity.  As a REALTOR®, you have

UPDATE: New Form Helps Brokerages Meet Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

UPDATE (March 24, 2021): Minor changes have been made to the Why Do REALTORS® Ask for Your Personal Information consumer video to provide greater clarity on the process for receipt of funds and to update the reference to the Individual Identification Information Record. All other aspects of this video remain unchanged. In September, BCREA released

Top Three Questions About the Privacy Notice and Consent Form

Privacy laws in British Columbia require that informed consent is obtained before collecting, using, and disclosing the personal information of individuals. BCREA created the Privacy Notice and Consent form to support REALTORS® in providing disclosure and documenting the informed consent of consumers regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information. Having a consumer

Conveyancing Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The second half of 2020 has been a busy time for real estate transactions, which has resulted in an increase in conveyancing. To help control the spread of COVID-19, it remains paramount to continue using technology to reduce in-person contact during all aspects of a transaction, including conveyancing. In dealing with the consequences of the

Regulator Takes a Step to Curb Strata Insurance Costs

Rising insurance costs are a major concern for many of the approximately one-quarter of British Columbia’s residents who live in strata properties. This issue was a significant advocacy point for BCREA during the recent provincial election campaign, and it will continue to be a key issue as we work with the new government. The recent

Brokerage Insurance Program Now Offers Vicarious Liability and Disciplinary Fines Coverage

BCREA is pleased to announce that the Brokerage Insurance Program now offers vicarious liability and disciplinary fines coverage for managing brokers. This coverage is intended to protect managing brokers who have acted professionally and upheld rigorous professional standards but find themselves facing disciplinary action. The Brokerage Insurance Program is an affinity program created by BCREA

Webinar Recording: BC Real Estate and the Election on Our Doorstep

On Wednesday, October 21, BCREA hosted a webinar and panel discussion to explore the impacts of the upcoming provincial election on the BC real estate sector. We discussed the key asks that BCREA and real estate boards will make of any new provincial government; the risks and opportunities for the real estate sector arising from

Webinar: BC Real Estate and the Election on Our Doorstep

Join the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) on Wednesday, October 21 at 10:00 am PT to explore the impacts of the upcoming provincial election on the BC real estate sector. During this 75-minute webinar and expert panel discussion, we will review the key asks that BCREA and real estate boards will make of any new

The BC Energy Step Code and What It Means for REALTORS®

In the coming years, new homes in BC are about to get measurably healthier, quieter, more durable, and more energy efficient than those on the resale market, thanks to a regulation called the BC Energy Step Code. BCREA is collaborating with BC Hydro and the Real Estate Foundation of BC to ensure REALTORS® understand the

BCREA Launches Insurance Program for Real Estate Brokerages

At BCREA, we know that managing a real estate brokerage comes with a great deal of responsibility – including risk management. That’s why we’ve collaborated with Axis Professional Insurance Brokers to create the Brokerage Insurance Program, a new affinity program* that provides managing brokers with insurance solutions specifically designed for real estate brokerages. The Brokerage Insurance

Signs You Should File a Suspicious Transaction Report

Filing a Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) can seem like a tough call – what’s considered suspicious? And how do they help anyways? The truth is STRs are an easy and important way for REALTORS® to help protect BC’s economy from money laundering. They also play a key role in helping law enforcement identify money launderers

Take Your Leadership to the Next Level with L200 & L300

BCREA and the Canadian Real Estate Association have partnered to offer Leadership 200 (L200) and Leadership 300 (L300) as interactive virtual courses via Zoom. If you’re involved with your board or BCREA leadership (or you’d like to be!) this is a great opportunity to take these courses online and enhance your leadership skills.   L200

Government’s First Actions on Strata Insurance

After hearing from strata corporations, owners and other stakeholders – including REALTORS® – for several months, on June 23 the BC Government introduced legislative changes to help address the high costs of strata insurance. Strong advocacy work by BCREA and the real estate boards has resulted in BCREA being named as a contributor in the

Blanket Ban on Residential Evictions Ends

On June 24, the BC Government made it possible to evict residential tenants for reasons other than non-payment of rent. That means real estate transactions that require vacant possession can now proceed. Landlords with existing orders for eviction can take them to the courts beginning July 2, 2020, for enforcement and can enforce a writ

Managing Online Communities While Returning to Operation

With Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan underway, REALTORS® may encounter concerns or criticism from consumers, especially online. In the latest episode of Open House by BCREA: Returning to Work and Risks to REALTOR® Reputation, Ari Indyk, VP Crisis and Risk at Edelman, provides advice on mitigating and responding to consumer concerns as we navigate

Applications for BC Emergency Benefit for Workers Now Open

As of May 1, 2020, British Columbians can apply here for the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers (BCEBW). The BCEBW is a one-time, tax-free $1,000 payment for British Columbians whose ability to work has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) you are likely eligible

BCREA Creates Virtual Community for Managing Brokers

In April, BCREA launched our Managing Broker Community of Practice, a virtual community where managing brokers can connect, find important information, hear from guest speakers, and share best practices. The current focus of the Community of Practice is supporting managing brokers with information around the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the needs of the community, the

Conducting Live Virtual Tours During COVID-19 and Beyond

During the COVID-19 pandemic, conducting live virtual tours can help real estate business to continue while keeping REALTORS® and clients safe. A live virtual tour, not to be confused with an open house, is a tour of a seller’s property, during which the seller, seller’s Realtor, buyer and buyer’s Realtor are all present using virtual

PRECs and Wage Subsidy Programs

If you have a Personal Real Estate Corporation (PREC), navigating Canada’s COVID-19 aid programs can seem even more complicated. If you receive a T4 from your PREC and you meet the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) income threshold requirement (read more here), you’ll want to calculate which is more beneficial, the CERB or the wage

UPDATE: Conveyancing in the Time of COVID-19 – So Far

This post was updated on April 3, 2020 to include additional information on remote witnessing of affidavits in support of land title applications. Even with the Land Title and Survey Authority’s (LTSA) notice temporarily allowing for affidavits for use in land title applications to be taken remotely (by video), there may still be other documents

Canada Emergency Response Benefit – What it means for REALTORS®

With the announcement of the newly created Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and associated eligibility criteria, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) continues to work with the federal government to make additional details available to REALTORS® as soon as possible. “Since the emergence of COVID-19, CREA has been in ongoing discussions with government departments and

BCREA Supports End to Open Houses During COVID-19 Crisis

Vancouver, BC – March 20, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) supports recommendations made by local real estate boards to stop open houses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “As British Columbians face this unprecedented health risk, it is vital that everyone does their part to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” says

In Memorium: Eric Charman

BCREA is saddened to hear of the passing of BCREA Past President and honourary member Eric Charman. Eric, who is described as a “local legend” and pioneer of real estate in Victoria, BC, also served as President of both the Victoria Real Estate Board and the Canadian Real Estate Association. Eric worked in real estate

BCREA Calls for Increased Federal/Provincial Cooperation to Tackle Money Laundering in BC

Vancouver, BC – February 26, 2020. Today, the BC Real Estate Association makes our opening statement to the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia. “We are committed to working with government to better understand this issue and address any pre-existing vulnerabilities within our sector,” says BCREA CEO Darlene Hyde. “It is our hope

New Online Course Helps REALTORS® Expand Reach to Rural Areas

Rural Real Estate Essentials is a new online course offered by BCREA, aimed to help BC REALTORS® expand their reach to rural areas. Promoting knowledge and business growth, the new course provides REALTORS® with foundational knowledge on rural real estate and helps reinforce and enhance the knowledge of REALTORS® already practicing in these areas. Special

Call for Letters of Interest – Appointee to the BCREA Finance and Audit Committee

The BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) Board of Directors (Board) is seeking to appoint a Finance Specialist to the BCREA Finance and Audit Committee. The successful applicant requires an accounting designation (CPA) and relevant financial management experience. This appointment term would commence May 1, 2020. About British Columbia Real Estate Association BCREA is the professional

Best Practices for Do-Not-Call Lists

Lead generation is an important part of a REALTOR®‘s work but there are some risks too, especially when it comes to telemarketing. REALTORS® and brokerages need to understand their role in protecting consumer privacy before picking up the phone – and it starts with the national Do-Not-Call List. What’s the national Do-Not-Call List? The Canadian

5 Things REALTORS® Can Learn from Uber

By Victor Khong, REALTOR® Uber has finally arrived in BC! While it may appear to be an industry disruptor, what it really offers is as old as time: exceptional customer service. Here are five things REALTORS® can learn from this so-called industry disruptor: 1. Provide timely communication – Part of the appeal of Uber is

BCREA Online Courses Have Moved to the Hub

BCREA’s online courses have officially moved to the Hub, the Canadian Real Estate Association’s online learning platform! All BCREA courses previously available on UBC Sauder’s online learning platform have been integrated into the Hub and, after January 31, 2020, will no longer be available for registration through UBC Sauder.*  The Hub offers streamlined access to

Who’s Who in BC Real Estate?

Have you ever called your local real estate board with a question and then been told to call the Real Estate Council of BC? And then you give them a call and they tell you to call BCREA? It’s not always easy to keep track of who does what, especially when it comes to distinguishing

Define Your Professional Development with Self-Directed Learning

One of the recent changes to the Professional Development Program (PDP) is the introduction of self-directed learning. Watch this video from BCREA and boards to find out what self-directed learning means for you! [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/dM6JAEIScHU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about self-directed learning here

BCREA Submits Recommendations for New Regulator

On December 16, 2019, BCREA submitted 18 recommendations to Minister of Finance Carole James to help guide the government as they work towards a new regulatory structure for real estate professionals. This follows Minister James’s announcement in November that the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE), which currently oversees the Real Estate Council

Reporting Your Professional Development Program Hours

The transition to the new Professional Development Program (PDP) framework is just around the corner! As of January 1, you’ll report any PDP hours you’ve acquired from learning opportunities outside of your board – whether accredited or self-directed – to your primary member board. As the reporting process looks slightly different at each board, your

BCREA Launches Privacy Notice and Consent Form Video for Consumers

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) has created a new video to help consumers better understand the Privacy Notice and Consent form, and how REALTORS® protect consumer privacy and personal information during and after real estate transactions. You can show this video to consumers when discussing the Privacy Notice and Consent form, or at

Self-Directed Learning: Coming to the PDP January 1!

Self-directed learning will be introduced to the Professional Development Program (PDP) on January 1, 2020. To find out more about self-directed learning and how it fits into the PDP, click here. Below, we’ve answered five of the most frequently asked questions about self-directed learning: 1. I am taking a learning opportunity in 2019 that meets

Title Insurance #442

Legally Speaking

By Jennifer Clee Occasionally, claims are reported to the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation (REEOIC) involving complaints by buyers against licensees which might not have been made if those buyers had bought title insurance. Title insurance is an insurance policy provided by title insurance companies that protects residential or commercial property owners and/or

Measuring Commercial Premises #441

Legally Speaking

A recent case confirms that when listing a commercial property, a licensee should break down the rentable area of each floor.1 The property was a building in Kamloops consisting of a main floor and mezzanine.2 On April 16, 2004 the licensee’s brokerage listed the property for sale. The buyer was a corporation in the business of purchasing and

Collapsed Sale — Remarketing and Reasonable Mitigation #440

Legally Speaking

By Edward L. Wilson The falling market of 2008 saw a number of buyers refusing or unable to complete their purchases and sellers were often electing to terminate their contracts, relist and sell their property. Sellers then often sued the defaulting buyer for damages, being the difference between the original sales price and the ultimate

Limited Dual Agency and the BC Court of Appeal #439

Legally Speaking

In 2008, a BC Supreme Court decision awarded damages against a REALTOR® for breach of fiduciary duty when acting as a limited dual agent.1 The REALTOR®, while selling his own property to a client, entered into a Limited Dual Agency Agreement as well having the buyer execute an Addendum to the Contract of Purchase and Sale

Being Sued is No Fun! #438

Legally Speaking

By Jennifer Clee We all know that being sued for allegedly failing to fulfill legal and/or professional responsibilities can be traumatic, but it can also be time consuming and consequently, expensive. A recent decision of our Provincial Court illustrates how legal proceedings involving relatively straightforward legal issues can morph into protracted and strenuous battles.1 The

Collecting An Unpaid Deposit #437

Legally Speaking

If a buyer defaults before a deposit is fully paid, can the seller terminate the Contract of Purchase and Sale and successfully sue for the unpaid deposit money? It depends on the contract. In Agosti v. Winter1, a standard form Contract of Purchase and Sale2 required a $10,000 deposit, “upon subject removal.” No other deposit requirements were

Strata Property Act – Changes to Rental Restrictions Rules #436

Legally Speaking

By Edward L. Wilson Since its adoption, the Strata Property Act has permitted residential strata corporations to adopt rental restriction bylaws. With the adoption of the Strata Property Amendment Act (SPAA), important changes to rental restrictions for new strata developments came into force as of January 1, 2010. Rental Disclosure Statements Developers of residential strata lots have long been

When an exclusion clause is not exclusionary #435

Legally Speaking

In a recent decision, the purchasers of a residential home were awarded over $160,000 in damages from their home inspector for negligence arising out of a pre-purchase inspection.1 That negligence was found was not particularly unusual, but the treatment by the Court of the home inspector’s contract is enlightening. The Court found that the home inspector

Ground water regulations and licensees standard of care #388

Legally Speaking

By Gerry NeelyB.A. LL.B. A recent Ontario decision involving a salty well demonstrates the importance of BC real estate licensees advising their clients of the legal requirements associated with the purchase of property containing wells, once BC’s new Ground Water Protection Regulation comes into force on November 1, 2005. See the August 2005 issue of The Bulletin for more

Modification of an easement agreement #385

Legally Speaking

By Gerry NeelyB.A. LL.B. When is an easement not an easement? “When the rights granted by it detract so substantially from the rights of the servient owner that it must be something other than an easement.” This quote is from the reasons for judgment interpreting an easement agreement granting access over Lot 3 (the servient