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

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