Practice Tips

Inflation and the Rising Trend of Underinsured Claims: Tips for REALTORS®

According to Aviva Insurance, there has been a growing trend of underinsured claims across personal and commercial property lines over the past two years. This trend is fuelled by customers not being adequately insured to value. As a result, Aviva says that claims are coming in much higher than what customers are insured for. With

Introducing InFormBot, BCREA’s Latest Standard Forms Digital Tool

BCREA is excited to announce the launch of InformBot for Standard Forms, a new digital tool that helps REALTORS® navigate the most commonly used forms with confidence.   InFormBot is a chatbot-like program that provides Realtors with an overview of standard forms to use during every transaction stage. Whether working with a seller or a buyer, InFormBot can guide you to the appropriate forms.   Standard forms highlighted in InFormBot include forms from the

Land Owner Transparency Registry Filing Extended to 2022

The Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR) filing deadline has been extended to November 30, 2022, without incurring penalties. This extension gives reporting bodies with interests in land more time to file a transparency report.  According to the BC government, they “heard from legal professionals in BC that pre-existing owners need more time to gather information about ownership and prepare to file with the registry.” 

What is a Cooling Off Period? An Introduction for REALTORS®

The BC Government has announced its intent to introduce legislation in spring 2022 to mandate a cooling off period for buyers of all residential real estate. But what is a “cooling off period” and how might it impact you? A cooling off period, also known as a “rescission period,” gives buyers the right to withdraw from a

PODCAST: Using Coaching to Build Trust (October 2021)

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Across the province, REALTORS® and brokerages are engaged in innovative work to support the real estate profession and the public. And we want to share those stories. On this episode of Open House by BCREA, explore an innovative way to build trusting, successful relationships with your clients through our conversation with Mark Winter. Mark is a

Fall 2021 Standard Forms Release

Background Resources Quick Links Last updated: November 24, 2021 This page contains background information on the Fall 2021 Standard Forms Release, information and resources to help REALTORS® prepare for use of the forms and quick links to other relevant resources. BCREA will update this page as new information and resources are available. Background On November

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

Masks Recommended for REALTORS® and Clients as BC Introduces New COVID-19 Measures

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) recommends REALTORS® and your clients once again wear masks while conducting open houses and private showings as a result of rising COVID-19 case numbers and the BC government’s recent announcement that beginning August 25, people 12 and older – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – will be required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.   The government also announced that proof of vaccination through a

Where to Find Resources From BCFSA, Real Estate’s New Regulator

Realtors are invited to a webinar regarding the Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release

On August 1, 2021, the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) became the new regulator for real estate service providers in BC. That means the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) no longer exist.   BCREA recently published a blog post with a video explaining the change in regulators and a series of resources

Revised Real Estate Rules Now in Effect Under New Regulator

As a result of the integration of the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) and Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) into the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) on August 1, the Real Estate Rules, now named the Real Estate Services Rules, have been revised. The changes take effect immediately. With RECBC and

PODCAST: A Guide to Getting Started as a REALTOR® (July 2021)

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On this month’s episode of Open House by BCREA, a panel of three BC Realtors, including host and managing broker Tony Joe, BCREA Director Ashley Smith, and Youth Professional Network chair Kate Philpott talk about getting started as a Realtor, along with tips and directions about how to fast-track a new career in real estate.

Three Things to Know About the Land Owner Transparency Act and Registry

On November 30, the Land Owner Transparency Act (LOTA) and Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR) will come into effect. With them come new reporting requirements, filed by legal professionals, when an application is made to register an interest in land. To help REALTORS® and your clients get ready for LOTA and LOTR, here are three

New Index Created for Quick Access to BCREA Standard Forms Resources

With a variety of new resources having been created over the last several months – including the Standard Forms Resource Centre, the Fall 2020 Standard Forms and accompanying training materials – we have created a way for Realtors to easily find exactly what you need to help your practice. The Standard Forms Resources Index enables

Land Owner Transparency Registry Filings Required Beginning November 30

The Land Owner Transparency Act (LOTA) and the Land Owner Transparency Registry (LOTR) come into effect on November 30, 2020, and that means REALTORS® should prepare for changes to practice when completing a transaction to allow for the new reporting requirements outlined by LOTA. How does this affect your practice? Beginning on November 30, 2020,

Forms 2020: Post-Launch Webinar Recording and Resources

BCREA hosted a Q&A webinar for Realtors

On September 29, BCREA hosted a webinar to answer questions REALTORS® had after two weeks of using the new and revised standard forms and clauses that were included in our Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release. The webinar – which featured a panel including BCREA Chief Operating Officer Corinne Caldwell, Professional Services Manager Jennifer Lynch, and

Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release

Background Resources Quick Links Last updated: October 2, 2020 This page contains background information on the Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release, information and resources to help Realtors prepare for use of the forms, and quick links to other relevant resources. BCREA will update this page as new information and resources are available. Background On September