BC Real Estate Association named Great Place to Work® in Canada for 2022

The BC Real Estate Association has again been certified as a Great Place to Work® in Canada. The designation in 2022 marks the third consecutive year BCREA has received this accreditation. The Great Place to Work Certification® recognizes organizations as “employers of choice” for their outstanding workplace culture.   In addition to supporting BC’s eight real

BC Real Estate Boards Named Finalists for 2022 Real Estate Land Awards

The Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) recently announced the finalists for its 2022 Land Awards recognizing outstanding projects and standout leaders who work to build healthy, resilient communities and natural environments. The awards are presented in five different categories across BC. BCREA is proud to recognize  the Association for Interior Realtors and Vancouver Island

Join BCREA’s Managing Broker Advisory Committee: Applications Now Open

BCREA is seeking managing or associate brokers to serve on the Managing Broker Advisory Committee. As a Committee member, you will be involved in meaningful discussions, identifying opportunities and providing recommendations about how BCREA, through its core services can best support managing brokers and the profession to ensure BCREA is driving value. The Committee is

Trevor Koot to Join BCREA as Chief Executive Officer

April 1, 2022—Vancouver, BC. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Trevor Koot as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). An experienced business leader with a deep background in organized real estate, Koot will succeed Darlene K. Hyde and assume responsibilities on April 19, 2022. To ensure a

Seeking BCREA Appointee to the Real Estate Foundation of BC

The BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) Board of Directors is seeking an appointee for the Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Board of Governors. This appointment term would commence April 1, 2022. About the Real Estate Foundation of BC In August 1985 the British Columbia real estate industry, in cooperation with the BC Ministry of Consumer

Registration Now Open for 2022 Banff Western Connection

Registration is now open for the upcoming Banff Western Connection Conference taking place from January 27-29, 2022 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in beautiful Banff, Alberta. The conference will kick off on Thursday, January 27 with pre-conference sessions and an opening reception, followed by two full days of exciting, relevant, and informative sessions all

Real Estate Category Added for 2022 Land Awards; Deadline for Nominations is November 5

The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC) is accepting nominations for its 2022 Land Awards, recognizing projects and people that demonstrate innovation and leadership in sustainable land use and real estate. The deadline for nominations is November 5, 2021.  This year, a new category, Real Estate, has been added to celebrate real estate projects or initiatives that advance sustainable and inclusive land use and real

BCREA Education Programs Win 2021 ARELLO Awards

Update – September 24: This blog post previously referenced a third award win for BCREA’s Open House by BCREA podcast. This has been removed as ARELLO mistakenly issued this award. BCREA has won two ARELLO awards recognizing outstanding communication systems and educational programs related to real estate regulation and practice in North America. BCREA was recognized for the Managing Broker Community of Practice, and Mastering

New Statutory Holiday on September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a new federal statutory holiday. The day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, honour Indigenous survivors, and is vital to the ongoing reconciliation process. This statutory holiday means federally regulated sectors such as banks will be closed in observance of the national day. The Bank

REALTORS®: Help shape BCREA’s strategic priorities

In September, BCREA will meet with BC’s ten member boards to develop a new three-year strategic plan and we need your input. To gather your feedback, we’re using a tool called ThoughtExchange. Click here to participate: https://tejoin.com/scroll/255686085 If you’re a REALTOR®, we invite you to answer one survey question about your satisfaction with BCREA and

How to Apply for BCREA’s Legal Defence Reserve for REALTORS®

BCREA’s Legal Defence Reserve (LDR) is a valuable support system that assists REALTORS® by supporting litigation or providing other assistance for issues concerning the Realtor profession. When serious issues arise with potential implications on Realtor practice, reputation, and the real estate profession as a whole, BCREA may assist you with your claims with financial support

BCREA Calls for Ongoing Collaboration with Launch of Sole Regulator

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) welcomes the announcement that as of August 1, consumers can look forward to a more efficient and better coordinated regulatory authority for real estate when the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) becomes the sole regulator for BC’s financial services sector, including real estate. As the voice of BC’s

BCREA Seeking Participants for Consumer Research

Real estate and housing has always been a hot topic in British Columbia, especially over the last few months with record-breaking sales and rising housing prices. Given that REALTORS® are involved in the majority of real estate transactions in BC, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is conducting consumer research to better understand how

Getting Ready for BC’s Restart Plan

May 25th was an exciting day for all of us as Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced details of BC’s four-phase restart plan. After more than a year of uncertainty and concern about the health and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones, brighter days

BCREA Named One of Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces™

Vancouver, BC – April 16, 2021. The BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) is among one of Canada’s 50 Best Workplaces™ of 2021. The list of Best Workplaces™, and related stories, will appear in a Special National Report on Friday April 16, 2021 in The Globe and Mail. “It’s an honour to be named one of Canada’s Best Places

BCREA Condemns Sexualized Violence

We at the BC Real Estate Association are deeply disturbed by recent allegations of sexual assault by REALTORS® against members of the Victoria community. Above all, our thoughts are with individuals who have shared their experiences. We acknowledge the courage it takes to come forward as a survivor of sexual assault and support investigations into

Preserving Public Trust During COVID-19: A Self-Directed PDP Opportunity for REALTORS®

On February 18th, BCREA and the province’s ten real estate boards are offering a free two-hour interactive webinar on how REALTORS® can continue to safeguard public trust during BC’s COVID-19 pandemic. By attending, participants will be able to claim two hours of self-directed learning towards their Professional Development Program (PDP) requirements.   Why attend? With

BCREA Advocacy 2020 Year in Review

2020 was an eventful year that required BCREA to adapt to many unexpected challenges. As with most British Columbians, the COVID-19 pandemic required changes how we conduct our practices. We have learned just how resilient and adaptable BC’s Realtors can be, showing leadership and coming together to help flatten the COVID-19 infection rate. Below are

Apply to Become a BCREA Director for the 2021-22 Term

Applications are now being accepted for individuals interested in becoming a REALTOR® or public director on the BCREA Board of Directors for the 2021-22 term. To request an application package, contact your local real estate board or email [email protected] Deadline to submit your application package is January 15, 2021. “We’re really here to help guide

Webinar Recording: 2021-22 BCREA Directorship Information Session

On November 30, BCREA hosted a virtual information session for individuals interested in learning more about becoming a BCREA REALTOR® or public Director for the 2021-22 term. The session, held via webinar, was hosted by Chair of the Nominating Committee Tanis Read, a featured BCREA Board of Directors Chair Anthony Bastiaanssen, BCREA CEO Darlene Hyde,

Register for BCREA’s 2021-22 Directorship Application Webinar

On November 30 at 11:00am, BCREA will be hosting a virtual information session for individuals interested in learning more about becoming BCREA REALTOR® or public Director for the 2021-22 term. The session will be held via webinar and will be hosted by BCREA Chair Anthony Bastiaanssen, CEO Darlene Hyde, and Chair of the Nominating Committee

Banff Western Connection Cancelled

Due to COVID-19 the 2021 Banff Western Connection Conference, which was to be held in January 2021 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, has been cancelled. Banff Western Connection means so much to all of us at BCREA and we’re disappointed to share this news. However, it’s important that we all remain

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

PODCAST: Episode 3 – The Impact of COVID-19 on REALTORS®

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[div id=”buzzsprout-player-3136519″][/div] [script src=”https://www.buzzsprout.com/831562/3136519-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-realtors.js?container_id=buzzsprout-player-3136519&player=small” type=”text/javascript” charset=”utf-8″][/script] Open House by BCREA is a monthly podcast where REALTORS® will find the latest real estate news and feature conversations with experts on issues related to real estate practice in BC. Learn more about the show here. Episode 3, The Impact of COVID-19 on REALTORS®, features conversations with BCREA

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

2019 BCREA Annual Report Now Available

The 2019 British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) Annual Report is now available for viewing. This year, the report was created in the form of a microsite and can be accessed at bcreaannualreport.ca. With 2020 in full swing, the 2019 Annual Report explores the key focus areas and outcomes achieved at BCREA last year in

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

A Year-in-Review: BCREA’s 2019 Highlights

2019 was an eventful year at the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA), and in the real estate sector as a whole. Building on new and existing relationships and driven by a commitment to innovation and collaboration, we continued to work hard to serve BC’s 11 real estate boards. Here are a few of the highlights!

BCREA Welcomes Change to Stress Test

Vancouver, BC – February 19, 2020. As the voice of BC’s 23,000 REALTORS®, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) welcomes Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s announcement of changes to the benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, also known as the “stress test”. Minister Morneau announced that as of April 6,

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

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

Real Estate Profession Revises Professional Development Program for BC’s REALTORS®

For Immediate Release Vancouver, BC – January 2, 2020 – With a redesigned Professional Development Program now in place, REALTORS® across BC are working to meet new professional development requirements. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and BC’s 11 real estate boards revised the Professional Development Program for REALTORS® in BC effective January 1,

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

Are you a REALTOR®? Join the BCREA board!

Are you interested in what’s going on with your profession? Do you follow the latest developments in real estate and talk to your fellow REALTORS® about leading our profession forward? If so, the British Columbia Real Estate Association is looking for you! BCREA is the professional association for more than 23,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing

EXTENDED: BCREA Public Director Position Available

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for more than 23,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s 11 real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients. The BCREA

In Memorium: Dick Pemberton

BCREA is saddened to hear of the passing of former BCREA Director Dick Pemberton. Dick was a BCREA Director from 2011-2017, and most recently a member of the Government Relations Committee. In his wife’s words, “Dick Pemberton passed away on Monday, October 28, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.” Dick was REALTOR® with RE/MAX

That’s a Wrap! Rave Reviews and Follow-up Resources from the Managing Brokers’ Conference

Conference attendees at BCREA’s 2019 Managing Brokers’ Conference gave the event rave reviews in a post-event survey. 97 per cent of attendees said they’d attend again, with 83 per cent of attendees rating the event “exceptional” or “very good”. Program highlights included the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation’s presentation “Why Mistakes Happen…And What

BCREA Brings REALTOR® Perspective to Inquiry into Money Laundering

In late October, BCREA began its involvement in the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia by attending a series of public meetings which were held throughout the province. Trevor Hargreaves, BCREA Vice President of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement, attended the meetings in Vancouver, Victoria, and Richmond on behalf of BCREA,

BCREA Prepares Recommendations for Province’s Review of Managing Brokers

BCREA is preparing a response to the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE), in light of its recent discussion paper, Reframing the Role of Managing Brokers in BC. BCREA’s response will provide evidence-based insights and industry-focused recommendations and context to the review process and will be based partly on feedback from and consultation with

Ministry of Finance Announces Shift to Single Regulator

Earlier this week the Ministry of Finance announced their intent to shift to a single regulator, wrapping real estate oversight into the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA). They are aiming for this new legislation to be tabled by Fall 2020, with implementation in 2021. Under this new structure the Office of the Superintendent of Real

BCREA Appointee to the Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance Corporation

The BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) Board of Directors is seeking to appoint a Director to the Board of the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation (REEOIC). This appointment term would commence February 1, 2020. About the Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance Corporation The REEOIC’s purpose, as stated in the Real Estate Services

Managing Brokers’ Conference Now Open To All REALTORS®

egistration for BCREA’s upcoming Ideas Into Action Managing Brokers’ Conference is now open to all REALTORS®. The conference, taking place at Kelowna’s Coast Capri Hotel on October 16-17, will focus on issues facing managing brokers but the topics are sure to be of interest to all REALTORS®. Plus, attendees receive 3 category C PDP credits.

Brendon Ogmundson Steps Into Role of BCREA Chief Economist

Darlene Hyde, Chief Executive Officer of the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Brendon Ogmundson as Chief Economist for BCREA. Brendon has been with BCREA for nine years, most recently serving as Deputy Chief Economist. Earlier this year, he was awarded the Crystal Ball Award by the Association of

New PDP Transition Web Page and FAQ Resource

Want to know more about the upcoming changes to the Professional Development Program (PDP)? The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) and real estate boards have released new resources to support you through the transition to the new PDP framework, effective January 1, 2020. PDP transition web pageBCREA and the boards created the PDP transition web

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

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.

Michael Trites Leads Provincial Real Estate Organization

British Columbia Real Estate Association Board of Directors 2019-2020 BCREA Board of Directors, staff and key stakeholders were pleased to welcome Michael Trites as the 2019-2020 President at the annual general meeting on March 26, 2019. With more than 40 years as a licensed REALTOR®, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to BCREA.

Meet BCREA’s Vice President of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement

BCREA would like to give a warm welcome to our new Vice President of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement, Trevor Hargreaves! Trevor brings a wealth of knowledge to our Government Relations department, with wide-ranging experience in government and public relations and strategic communications, all necessary components to successful advocacy. A seasoned pro in the Government

Continuing the Joint Meeting Conversation

Navigating changes to REDMA January 23 marked the first joint meeting of real estate board and British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) leadership of 2019. We hold regular joint meetings to gather input from real estate board leadership on important initiatives underway at BCREA and build stronger relationships. Our President James Palanio welcomed more than

In Memoriam: Andrew Peck

At British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), we were saddened to hear of the passing of past president Andrew Peck. Andrew served as BCREA president in 2007. He was passionate about the real estate profession and also served as president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) in 2004 and president of the

Understanding Money Laundering Vulnerabilities

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link In support of the provincial government’s initiatives to curb money laundering in real estate, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) has commissioned the consulting firm Deloitte to study residential and commercial transactions. The goal of this study is to identify money laundering vulnerabilities throughout

BCREA’s Legal Defense Reserve

Keeping up with the times to support BC REALTORS® Did you know the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) recently increased its legal defense reserve from $35,000 to $50,000?

Banff Western Connection 2019 is Almost Here…

…but there’s still time to register! This year’s Banff Western Connection (BWC) conference is taking place next week, from January 24 to 26, in beautiful Banff, Alberta. BWC is a great opportunity for REALTORS® from all over Canada and beyond to connect, network and grow their professional knowledge and skills. It is also eligible for

Meet the new BCREA: the voice of BC’s REALTORS®

On November 19, BCREA introduced its new brand identity, complete with a new logo, colour palette and approach to communicating with real estate boards and REALTORS®. “It was the right time to rebrand,” said Darlene Hyde, Chief Executive Officer of British Columbia Real Estate Association. “First, REALTORS® and real estate boards have been telling us

Conference for Managing Brokers: BCREA Question Responses

On September 19, BCREA hosted our first BCREA Advocacy Exchange: Conference for Managing Brokers. The conference provided a unique opportunity for managing brokers, licensees and stakeholders from across the province to network, learn about advocacy and hear from key organizations in the industry. Conference attendees posed many insightful questions throughout the day, using an online platform that

BCREA is Moving!

On November 15, BCREA moves to a new, open concept office. Since REALTORS® understand better than anyone what a big undertaking a move is, we hope you’ll have patience as we get everything up and running. BCREA move office closuresOur offices will be closed from 1 pm on Thursday, November 15 until Tuesday, November 20. Please

How Do Consumers Really See REALTORS®?

REALTORS® in BC have been under intense scrutiny since 2016. They have been singled out as key contributors to big picture problems like skyrocketing housing prices and money laundering. But how do consumers really see REALTORS®? Do they consider REALTORS® responsible for BC’s housing affordability challenges? And how much do they understand about the real

BCREA Advocacy Exchange: Conference for Managing Brokers

On September 19, BCREA hosted our first Advocacy Exchange: Conference for Managing Brokers. The conference provided a unique opportunity for managing brokers from across the province to network, learn about advocacy, ask questions and be informed on matters affecting organized real estate. The event was well attended by over 250 managing brokers, licensees and key

BCREA Launches FINTRAC Action Plan

BCREA has launched a new action plan in collaboration with member boards to support REALTORS® and managing brokers in better understanding and meeting their FINTRAC reporting duties to help keep the proceeds of organized crime out of the housing market. We have also increased our collaboration with CREA and government partners to prepare for more

BCREA Donation to BC Fires Appeal

Last year, BCREA donated $40,000 on behalf of REALTORS® in BC to the British Columbia Fires Appeal after devastating wildfires threatened numerous communities across the province and forced thousands of individuals and families to leave their homes. REALTORS® in BC care deeply about the communities they serve and live in. On behalf of our members,

Rebranding Bringing a Fresh Start for BCREA

A new brand is in the works for BCREA, complete with a new logo and fresh approaches to how BCREA presents itself to the profession and the public. The launch is slated for the end of this year and, in addition to a new logo, will include a new colour palette, sense of aesthetics and

BCREA Conference to Discuss Best Practices in FINTRAC Regulation Compliance

BCREA’s first ever conference on regulatory and advocacy issues for managing brokers will also include a panel discussion on best practices in complying with FINTRAC’s anti-money laundering regulations. “Complying with FINTRAC reporting regulations is an important part of managing brokers’ duties,” said Darlene Hyde, BCREA Chief Executive Officer. “We want to help managing brokers learn

Changes to BCREA Standard Forms

Not surprisingly, the upcoming Rule changes will also mean updates to many of the BCREA standard forms used everyday. Once the Rule changes come into effect, outdated versions of the standard forms and the Working with a REALTOR®brochure will no longer be available on WEBForms®. As a REALTOR®, it’s important that you are ready to work

BCREA Welcomes Four New Directors

The BCREA Board of Directors has appointed three new REALTOR® Directors and one new Public Director to replace the outgoing members and form the 2018-2019 Board of Directors. These individuals will be joining President James Palanio, President-Elect Michael Trites, Past President Jim Stewart, REALTOR® Directors Ray Harris, Kyle Hislop, Cory Raven and Public Director Mark Sakai

Restructuring at BCREA

In late 2017, BCREA and our member boards collectively decided to reduce the provincial association’s REALTOR® dues by 38 per cent, while maintaining the same level of quality in our core services: advocacy, economics, standard forms, interboard commission dispute arbitration, communications and education. The dues reduction takes effect on April 1, and the necessary staff

Promoting Quality of Life with the Real Estate Foundation of BC

As part of BCREA’s commitment to promoting Quality of Life throughout the province, we follow an approach that is based around five principles: ensuring economic vitality, providing housing opportunities, preserving the environment, protecting property owners and building better communities. This approach aligns well with the work of the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC), a

BCREA Refresh

Despite the challenges of the last couple of years, the member boards and BCREA have agreed on the first step of a plan to move forward together. Beginning April 1, 2018, the annual provincial dues REALTORS® pay to BCREA will be reduced to $144 from $232. This is a direct result of concerns expressed by