Marianne Brimmell

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