Consumer Protection

Only 35 Per Cent of British Columbians Support Government’s Cooling-Off Period According to Recent Polling

On behalf of the province’s eight real estate boards and 24,000 REALTORS(R), the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) supports the Government of British Columbia’s intent to introduce a “Homebuyer Protection Period.” However, the BC Government’s cooling-off period fails to meet the needs of British Columbians. A recent independent survey of 1,157 British Columbians shows that only 35

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

Remind Consumers: They Are What They Sign! #506

When dealing with consumers, licensees will encounter those who do not read, write or speak English well, or even at all. While licensees are required to be proficient in English as a part of becoming licensed and meeting the English language proficiency requirement of Rule 2-6.1 of the Council’s Real Estate Rules, consumers naturally have

AMENDED: New Rules to Profoundly Change How REALTORS® Work With Consumers

This news release was amended to correct inaccuracies regarding potential conflicts of interest, disclosures regarding remuneration and to add comment on the impact of the Rule changes. The corrections are italicized for clarity. Vancouver, BC – June 15, 2018. On June 15, 2018, changes to Rules under the Real Estate Services Act that dictate how

Prepayment of a Locked in Mortgage #38

Legally Speaking

By Gerry NeelyB.A. LL.B. The contrast between today’s relatively low rates of interest and the high rates found in mortgages which were renewed in 1982 has led the mortgagor with a closed renewal mortgage to try to find ways in which the mortgage can be paid off before maturity. These ways have included protests to