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Markets at a Glance

These charts provide year-to-date information on the pace of MLS® home sales for the province as well as in each of the BCREA member board regions and a comparison of current year sales with the previous year.

CEBA Changes Make More Real Estate Business Models Eligible

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor More changes have been made to the federal government’s Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) that makes the program more available to REALTORS®.   The new provisions address some gaps that were evident when CEBA was first unveiled, which excluded some real estate business models. The latest amendments to CEBA make the program

Broadened CERB Criteria Makes More REALTORS® Eligible

On April 15th, the Government of Canada broadened the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) criteria by allowing applicants to earn up to $1,000 in each four-week eligibility period. People who are eligible for Employment Insurance or sickness benefits or who have exhausted their Employment Insurance benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020 are

The Impact of the B20 Stress Test on BC Home Sales in 2018

To view the Market Intelligence Report PDF, click here. Summary Findings: The decline in home sales in 2018 was largely due to market factors like interest rates and affordability Without the stress test, home sales in BC would have been about 7,500 sales—or 10% higher—in 2018 Approximately $500 million in BC economic activity was lost

BC Home Sales Trend Lower in June

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – July 15, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,960 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in June, a decline of 11.8 per cent from the same month last year. The

Liability For Strata Insurance Deductibles #515

Many strata owners do not know they may be personally liable to reimburse their strata corporation for its insurance deductible, the portion of the loss the insured must pay in an insurance claim, which can be many thousands of dollars. The British Columbia Law Institute’s formidable committee of strata experts (the “Committee”) recently recommended changes

BC Home Sales on the Rise in May

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – June 14, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 8,221 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May, a decline of 7 per cent from the same month last year. The

Home Insurance During Wildfire Season

Wildfires have had a devastating impact on communities across BC in recent years. This year’s wildfire season has already begun and, as a REALTOR®, you can help protect your clients by reminding them of the importance of home insurance, both year-round and when buying or selling a home. If your client is buying a home,

Death at a Property Revisited #514

In 2007, a man was murdered outside the gates of his Shaughnessy home. The murder, described by the police as a targeted killing, remains unsolved. The victim lived in the home with his wife and two children. The property was owned by his mother-in-law, who resided in China. One of his daughters attended a private

Affordability Continues to Weigh on Housing Demand

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – May 14, 2019.The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,652 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, a decline of 18.9 per cent from the same month last year. The average

BC’s REALTORS® Welcome Government Recommendations

Vancouver, BC – May 13, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is encouraged by the recommendations set out by the Ministry of Finance’s Expert Panel on Money Laundering led by Maureen Maloney. As the voice of BC’s 23,000 REALTORS®, we appreciate recommendations that will bring more transparency and accountability to all professionals involved

Know Your Seller #513

Seller’s agents must be certain that they are dealing with the person with authority to list and sell the property. Confirming the identity and the authority of your clients may seem simple. However, in the global society today with complex deals, complicated ownerships of property and challenging deals, the pitfalls may be expanding. Examples of

BC Real Estate Sector Submits Anti-Money Laundering Recommendations To Government

Vancouver, BC – April 15, 2019. Organizations representing key professions in the BC real estate sector submitted joint recommendations to the provincial and federal governments today to help protect BC’s housing market from money laundering. The participating organizations include the British Columbia Real Estate Association, the Appraisal Institute of Canada – BC Association, BC Notaries

Stress Test Creating Pent-up Demand

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – April 15, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,707 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March, a decline of 23 per cent from the same month last year. The

Strata Age Restriction Bylaws #512

Strata age restriction bylaws are alive and well. When providing any accommodation, service or facility customarily available to the public, the provincial Human Rights Code normally prohibits one person from discriminating against another because of the other person’s age or family status, unless there is a bona fide, reasonable justification.1 But, the Strata Property Act

BCREA Pleased With Housing Focus in Federal Budget 2019

Vancouver, BC – March 20, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is pleased with the measures announced in Budget 2019 that will help address housing affordability in British Columbia. REALTORS® in BC recognize that home ownership is a difficult goal to achieve for many British Columbians, and the policies announced in this budget

Mortgage Stress Test Continues to Dampen Home Sales in February

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – March 13, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 4,533 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February, a decline of 27 per cent from the same month last year. The

B-20 Stress Test Needs Revision to Improve Housing Affordability

Vancouver, BC – March 12, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is calling on the federal government to revisit the B-20 stress test so that more BC families can achieve their dream of homeownership. Mortgage lending rules, known as the B-20 stress test, have eroded housing affordability by reducing the purchasing power of

Don’t Forget About Council #511

In the many years that I have taught the Legal Update course, most REALTORS® have shown understandable interest in court decisions and how those decisions might affect their practice and personal liability. Surprisingly, I have not noticed the same level of interest or concern regarding disciplinary decisions by the Real Estate Council of BC (Council).