Real Estate Practice

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

Pre-offer vs Cooling Off: Communicating with Clients

In February, BCREA has published more than 30 recommendations to the BC Government and the province’s real estate regulator, the BC Financial Services Authority, to help guide their decision making to better protect consumers in the real estate transaction process.   A key recommendation we made is for government to mandate a “pre-offer period” instead

BCFSA Proposes Changes to Real Estate Teams

On February 23, the province’s real estate regulator, the BC Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) released proposed amendments to the Real Estate Service Rules intended to clarify the role and duties of real estate teams and team members. Teams play an important role for licensees; they can allow families or partners to work together, facilitate larger

BCREA’s Consumer Protection Recommendations Attract National Media Attention

BCREA’s white paper A Better Way Home: Strengthening Consumer Protection in Real Estate Transactions has attracted significant media attention nationwide. BCREA launched the white paper at a press conference in downtown Vancouver on Monday, February 28 with all of BC’s major news outlets in attendance, including Global, CBC, and CTV. More than 500 viewers, including

A Better Way Home: BCREA, Boards Publish Sweeping Recommendations for Government to Address Challenges in BC’s Housing Market

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), with support from the province’s real estate boards, has published a white paper and series of sweeping recommendations for the BC Government aimed at addressing current concerns with the province’s housing market, the real estate transaction process and consumer protection. The white paper, called A Better Way Home:

Summary of Recommendations from A Better Way Home for BC REALTORS®

On February 28, BCREA released a comprehensive white paper titled A Better Way Home: Strengthening Consumer Protection in Real Estate, which includes a set of recommendations for the BC Government on better-protecting consumers in real estate transactions and addressing the root causes of BC’s lack of housing affordability.  The white paper was developed in response

UPDATE: BC Imposes New Social Restrictions With COVID-19 Cases Rising

UPDATE – December 22, 2021 – This blog post was updated to reflect the revised orders and restrictions announced by the Provincial Health Officer on December 21, 2021. With the number of new COVID-19 cases rising as a result of the omicron variant, BC’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO) Dr. Bonnie Henry announced new public health

“Cooling Off Period” With No Details Creates Uncertainty and Concern in Real Estate Sector

In November, the BC Government announced it will be introducing a “cooling off period” for real estate transactions involving residential resale properties and newly built homes in BC beginning next spring. BC Minister of Finance Selina Robinson announced the policy without any details or advanced consultation with the public or real estate sector, resulting in

The Increasing Cost of Misconduct #544

Prior to September 30, 2016 the Real Estate Service Act (Act) limited monetary penalties for brokerages and licensees to $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. However, as of September 30, 2016, the Legislature amended section 43(2)(ii) of the Act to allow for monetary penalties of up to $500,000 in the case of brokerages and $250,000 in any other case.

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

Updated CleanBC Roadmap Promises Energy Rating Tool for Homes

This week, the BC Government announced a new CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, with more ambitious commitments to achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets. As a result of additions in the plan related to the real estate sector, REALTORS® should expect conversations around energy efficiency to become an increasingly important part of your day-to-day interaction

Conflicts of Interest: Sound Judgment Required #543

As Brian Taylor summarized in his February 26, 2021 Legally Speaking article, Learning from an RECBC Discipline Decision #535, the disciplinary landscape for real estate professionals changed dramatically in September 2016. Most starkly, fines and penalties were greatly increased by the then regulator, the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC). But there is no need

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

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 Highlights from Public Polling on BC’s Hot Market

In April’s episode of Open House by BCREA, our monthly podcast for REALTORS®, host Tony Joe and his guest, Research Co. president Mario Canseco, discussed the results of a recent public opinion survey which asked British Columbians about their thoughts on the current hot housing market. Their conversation – like the poll itself – covers

UPDATE: Learn Ten Things About LOTR in Under One Minute

Updated on May 12, 2021, to reflect that the Land Owner Transparency Registry is now publicly searchable. The Land Owner Transparency Registry, or LOTR, is a publicly accessible registry of information about individuals who have an indirect interest in land that is held through corporations, trusts and partnerships. Here are ten things REALTORS® can learn

PODCAST: What Does the Public Really Think About the Hot Market? (April 2021)

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On this month’s episode of Open House by BCREA, Research Co. president Mario Canseco shares the results of his recent public opinion survey which asked British Columbians about their thoughts on the current hot housing market. From the causes of the historically busy market to Realtor practice, and government intervention, the public weighs in. [div

PODCAST: How to Manage Risk in BC’s Current Housing Market (March 2021)

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On this month’s episode of Open House by BCREA, we highlight best practices and ways for REALTORS® to manage risk in BC’s current housing market. From client conversations, to offer presentations and documentation, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Professional Standards Manager and BCREA instructor Kim Spencer takes you through it all. We also talk

What happens if your client or close contact tests positive for COVID-19?

If being in the midst of a global pandemic wasn’t enough, with BC’s historically busy housing market, REALTORS® are operating under extenuating circumstances and are faced with balancing health and safety with serving their clients best interests. As a result of COVID-19, you have adapted your practices to ensure your clients and the community at

REALTORS® and COVID-19: Three Tips for Working During the Hot Market

In February’s episode of Open House by BCREA, our monthly podcast for REALTORS®, host Tony Joe and his guests – former Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver President and current Vancouver-area Realtor Phil Moore, and lawyer Brian Taylor – explore some of the challenges and opportunities of working in a historically busy market during COVID-19.

PODCAST: Challenges and Opportunities in a Hot Market During COVID-19 (February 2021)

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On this month’s episode of Open House by BCREA, host Tony Joe is joined by Vancouver-area REALTOR® Phil Moore, and lawyer and BCREA Legally Speaking author Brian Taylor to talk about the challenges Realtors are facing in a hot market during COVID-19, and how to turn some of those into opportunities. [div id=”buzzsprout-player-8031027″][/div] [script src=”https://www.buzzsprout.com/831562/8031027-challenges-and-opportunities-in-a-hot-market-during-covid-19.js?container_id=buzzsprout-player-8031027&player=small”

Updated Guidance for Real Estate Practice During COVID-19

UPDATE (January 14, 2021): As the spread of COVID-19 continues to be a concern, restrictions from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) on social gatherings and non-essential travel, and a requirement for masks in public indoor spaces are still in effect until at least February 5, 2021. Updated guidance on safer showings from BCREA, the Real

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

VIDEO: Help Your Clients Understand the Property Disclosure Statement

BCREA has created a video for REALTORS® to share with clients to help them better understand the Property Disclosure Statement (PDS). The PDS is one of the most frequently used standard forms and it allows sellers to disclose facts about the condition of the property so that buyers can make informed decisions when considering purchase

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

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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

PODCAST: Episode 9 – Does Racism Exist in Real Estate?

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On Episode 9 of Open House by BCREA, we ask the question: does racism exist in real estate in Canada? Joining our discussion and to help explore solutions we welcome three guests: Bethany King, a Black Toronto-area Realtor who is advocating for change; Satnam Sidhu, a BC Realtor with 40 years of experience and time spent

Managing Online Communities While Returning to Operation

With Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan underway, REALTORS® may encounter concerns or criticism from consumers, especially online. In the latest episode of Open House by BCREA: Returning to Work and Risks to REALTOR® Reputation, Ari Indyk, VP Crisis and Risk at Edelman, provides advice on mitigating and responding to consumer concerns as we navigate

Real Estate Regulatory Changes on the Way

Last year, Minister of Finance Carole James announced that the BC Government intends to integrate the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate and the Real Estate Council of British Columbia into the BC Financial Institutions Commission (BCFSA) by 2021. Minister James, 2019 BCREA President Michael Trites and BCREA CEO Darlene Hyde at BCREA’s 2019

PODCAST: Episode 5 – Conducting Business During COVID-19

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Episode 5, Conducting Business During COVID-19, features a conversation with Kim Spencer, also known as the “Ethics Guy.” He is a PDP instructor and Manager of Professional Standards at the Real Estate Boards of Greater Vancouver, and on this episode discusses moral, ethical, and practical questions related to REALTORS® working during the COVID-19 pandemic. [div

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

LTSA Continues to Meet Demand

More than 8500 applications processed this week While Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) has introduced social distancing measures in their offices, such as restricting access to staff, direct access pass-holders and Registry Agents, it’s keeping up with customer demand and expects to remain open for business. In a statement posted on

PODCAST: Episode 2 – The Changing Landscape of Strata Insurance in BC

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[div id=”buzzsprout-player-2854297″][/div] [script src=”https://www.buzzsprout.com/831562/2854297-the-changing-landscape-of-strata-insurance-in-bc.js?container_id=buzzsprout-player-2854297&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 2, The Changing Landscape of Strata Insurance in BC, features a

Three Tips for Managing REALTOR® Risk from Leslie Howatt of E&O

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Whether it’s home insurance for homeowners, life insurance for families, or business insurance for business owners, insurance is a big part of life. Former international soccer star David Beckham reportedly had his legs insured for 195 million dollars. And it makes sense – if you’ve got something you value, you protect it. But Beckham’s protection

Real Estate Transparency to Build Public Confidence

On September 27, Attorney General David Eby and Minister of Finance Carole James announced a two-pronged approach to review money laundering in real estate. BCREA shares the government’s concerns about potential vulnerabilities, and we immediately reached out to offer insights into both reviews. For 18 years, REALTORS® have been subject to federal anti-money laundering regulations

Supporting Efficiency and Confidence in Real Estate

BC’s approach to real estate licensing is unique. Since 2016, we’ve had two regulators: The Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) makes rules related to licensing and real estate practice and oversees and directs the operations and activities of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. The Council administers the Real Estate Services Act,

Rental Housing: A Vital Component of the Housing Market

REALTORS® do more than buy and sell homes—they care deeply about the communities in which they live, work and play. That’s why, through BCREA, REALTORS® advocate for provincial policies that support a thriving rental housing market. BCREA supports increasing the supply of rental stock to ensure that British Columbians have access to housing options. We