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BCREA Standard Forms Housekeeping Amendments Spring 2022

Update: This post was updated on May 18, 2022. Find out more about the changes and the rationale in the Housekeeping Amendments Launch Package – May 2022 found here. (REALTOR Link® login required). While BCREA attempts to do an annual standard forms launch, from time-to-time housekeeping amendments come up where it makes sense to make the

Standard Forms – A Valuable Copyrighted Members-Only Resource

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) administers and manages a set of standard forms, standard clauses and related educational resources for use by REALTORS® in real estate transactions in British Columbia. A sub-set of the standard forms are jointly owned by BCREA and the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch (CBABC), including the Contract of

New Video Explains the Fee for Service Retainer Agreement Form to Consumers

BCREA has created a new video to help REALTORS® explain the Fee for Service Retainer Agreement form to consumers. This form is used by consumers to hire a brokerage to provide specific services tailored to their needs.  [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/bABvXnWPc0k” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] This video explains when to use the Fee for Service

Latest Tutorial Videos for REALTORS® Explore Five Standard Forms

In BCREA’s latest release of tutorial videos for BC REALTORS®, we explore five key standard forms: the Co-Listing – Joint Representation form, the Contract of Purchase and Sale Addendum / Amendment form, the Disclosure of Referral Payment form, the Fee for Service Retainer Agreement form, and the Tenant Occupied Property – Buyers Notice to Seller

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

Get to Know the 11 New Standard Forms and Schedules Coming This November

BCREA continues to help REALTORS® enhance their professionalism and adapt to changing best practices with a new Standard Forms release. This release will include 11 new standard forms and schedules as well as multiple clauses and form revisions. To help managing brokers and associate brokers prepare their Realtors for the change, BCREA will be holding

BCREA’s 2021 Standard Forms Release Coming This Fall

This fall, BCREA will release 11 new standard forms, multiple clauses and revisions to a significant number of forms. The new forms will include First Nations Reserve Lands Leasehold Properties, Cancellation of Buyer Agency Exclusive Contracts, Property Disclosure Statement – Strata Properties – Bare Land Strata and more. New clauses will cover issues like transacting

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 Tutorial Videos for REALTORS® Explore Fee Agreements

In BCREA’s latest release of tutorial videos for BC REALTORS®, we explore three important standard forms: the Fee Agreement Buyer Pays (Buyer and Seller Not Represented) form, the Fee Agreement Seller Pays (Buyer and Seller Not Represented) form, and the Fee Agreement Seller Pays (Buyer Represented Seller Not Represented) These tutorial videos are intended to

Get to Know BCREA Standard Forms: The Backbone of Real Estate Transactions

As a new REALTOR®, knowing which forms to use for a transaction may seem daunting at first. To ensure Realtor success and confidence, BCREA collaborated with the province’s ten real estate boards, lawyers, and other industry experts to draft and update standard forms for Realtors in BC. These forms are the backbone of real estate

Tips for Using Clauses and Amending Contracts of Purchase and Sale #541

Standard form contracts of purchase and sale are very useful in real estate transactions. They are familiar, well-tested, and cover off all the basics and much more. However, real estate is complicated and the one-size-fits-all approach may not fit every situation. In cases where a standardized contract of purchase and sale does not entirely address the specific needs of the transaction adding terms and conditions – or

New Video Explains the Co-Listing Form – Joint Representation to Clients

BCREA has created a new video to help REALTORS® explain the Co-Listing Form – Joint Representation to their clients. This form is used to amend a Listing Contract when the sellers want the property to be listed jointly by more than one brokerage. [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/hwy9fOsu7G0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] This video explains the

New Toolkits Available for Limited Dual Agency Agreements

BCREA has launched two new toolkits in the Standard Forms Resource Centre to help REALTORS® navigate dual agency scenarios. The toolkits cover the Limited Dual Agency Agreement (Competing Buyers/Tenants) and the Limited Dual Agency Agreement (Buyer/Tenant and Seller/Landlord). Each of the toolkits include an introduction to the form, FAQs, an annotated version of the form,

New Video Explains the Co-Listing Form – Separate Representation to Clients

BCREA has created a new video to help REALTORS® explain the Co-Listing Form – Separate Representation to their clients. This form allows multiple sellers with opposing interests to each have their own designated agent(s) to represent them in the sale of a property.  [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/hTsWP-9JRJQ” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] This video reviews the difference between joint and separate representation, the circumstances under which a client may choose to enter into a co-listing agreement with separate representation, and the potential benefits of this type of arrangement. The

Standard Forms Spotlight: REMINDER – The BCREA Individual Identification Information Record Has Been Retired

When the latest FINTRAC amendments came into effect on June 1, 2021, we retired the BCREA Individual Identification Information Record as it no longer meets brokerages’ record keeping obligations. Please use the FINTRAC forms provided by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) or your brokerage to ensure you continue to meet these obligations.   Although this form has

BCREA Explores Four Standard Forms in New Tutorial Videos for REALTORS®

In BCREA’s latest release of tutorial videos for BC REALTORS®, we explore four key standard forms: the Co-Listing Form – Separate Representation, the General Release and Authorization to Pay Deposit Funds form, the Notice of Condition Waiver / Declaration of Fulfillment form, and the Lockbox Acknowledgement, Consent, Release and Indemnity form. These tutorial videos are

Standard Forms Spotlight: Buyer’s Deposit Paid by a Third Party

The BCREA Standard Forms team has received several great questions about what to do, if anything, when a buyer’s deposit is paid by a third party, such as a family member or a client’s business account. To help ensure REALTORS® are aware of their obligations, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on third-party

Standard Forms Spotlight: Client Identification and CREA Form Changes

With the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada’s (FINTRAC) latest regulatory amendments coming into effect on June 1, BCREA will retire the one-page BCREA Individual Identification Information Record as of May 31. The FINTRAC amendments redefine when brokerages enter into business relationships and as such, this one-page form will no longer meet brokerage’s

BCREA Individual Identification Information Record to be Retired Ahead of June 1 FINTRAC Changes

BCREA’s Individual Identification Information Record will become obsolete as of June 1, 2021, when the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada’s (FINTRAC) latest regulatory amendments come into effect. These amendments will change reporting obligations for brokerages under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (the Act). With that in mind,

New Video Explains Seller’s Disclosure of Material Latent Defects Form to Clients

BCREA has created a new video for REALTORS® to share with their clients to help explain the Seller’s Disclosure of Material Latent Defects form. This form allows a seller and their Realtor to disclose any known material latent defects prior to buyers making an offer. [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/hKLR_YXmGcI” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] The video

BCREA Releases New Form to Address Risk of Subject-Free Offers

BCREA has created the Buyer’s Acknowledgement of Information – Recommended Conditions form to help REALTORS® document that they have advised buyers of the increased risks and possible consequences of not including some or all of the recommended conditions in an offer. The form also allows Realtors to document that clients have been advised to obtain

New Standard Form Toolkits Available for Three Fee Agreement Forms

BCREA has created three new toolkits on the Standard Forms Resource Centre to help enhance REALTOR® knowledge of the following three fee agreement forms: Fee Agreement Buyer Pays (Buyer and Seller Not Represented) Fee Agreement Buyer Pays (Seller Represented Buyer Not Represented) Fee Agreement Seller Pays (Buyer and Seller Not Represented) All three toolkits include

UPDATE: New Form Helps Brokerages Meet Anti-Money Laundering Requirements

UPDATE (March 24, 2021): Minor changes have been made to the Why Do REALTORS® Ask for Your Personal Information consumer video to provide greater clarity on the process for receipt of funds and to update the reference to the Individual Identification Information Record. All other aspects of this video remain unchanged. In September, BCREA released

Water Sustainability Act – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

At BCREA, we often receive questions from REALTORS® and consumers related to standard forms.  We’ve received several great questions about groundwater licensing and the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) as it pertains to the Property Disclosure Statement. Below, you can find three frequently asked questions on the topic, with answers provided by a member of the

What the Co-Listing Separate Representation Form Means for REALTORS®

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor BCREA’s Co-Listing Separate Representation form was developed so that multiple sellers who have opposing interests are able to engage different brokerages – or different agents within the same brokerage – to represent their interests in the sale of a property. The Co-Listing Separate Representation amends certain sections of the Listing

New Tutorial Videos Focus on Common Standard Forms

BCREA has added to its suite of video tutorials for REALTORS® on key standard forms with the launch of three new video series: Contract of Purchase and Sale Listing Contracts Buyer’s Agency Exclusive Contract The Contract of Purchase and Sale series explains some of the most important aspects of this standard contract that is a central

New Videos Highlight Key Areas of Contract of Purchase and Sale

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor Given that the Contract of Purchase and Sale (CPS) is a foundational document to any real estate transaction, REALTORS® need to know the fine details that can make or break a Contract of Purchase and Sale. To that end, BCREA has created a new tutorial video series that reviews key aspects

Top Three Questions About the Privacy Notice and Consent Form

Privacy laws in British Columbia require that informed consent is obtained before collecting, using, and disclosing the personal information of individuals. BCREA created the Privacy Notice and Consent form to support REALTORS® in providing disclosure and documenting the informed consent of consumers regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of their personal information. Having a consumer

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

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

REALTORS® Invited to Webinar to Discuss New and Revised Standard Forms

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

Last week, BCREA released seven new standard forms, three new clauses, and a significant number of revisions to existing forms as a part of our Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release. As a part of our ongoing efforts to ensure Realtors and managing brokers are provided with relevant information to support you in understanding these changes

New and Revised Standard Forms Now Available on WEBForms®

The new and revised standard forms and clauses included in BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release are now available on WEBForms®. Seven new standard forms, three new clauses, and a significant number of revised forms have been released, as BCREA continues to help Realtors enhance their professionalism and adapt to trends and changing best practices.

Get to Know the New and Revised Standard Forms Coming in September

With less than a month to go before BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release on September 16, REALTORS® now have the opportunity to view advance copies of the new and revised forms, clauses and accompanying resource guides. BCREA has developed a pre-launch package that includes previews of the new and revised forms and clauses (watermarked

Forms 2020: New Standard Forms and Clauses

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor As part of BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release, seven new standard forms and three new clauses will be released on September 16, 2020. Find out more about BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release at bcrea.bc.ca/forms2020. The following is a summary of the upcoming new standard forms and clauses with

Forms 2020: Revised Standard Forms

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor As part of BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release, ten revised standard forms will be released on September 16, 2020 Find out more about BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release at bcrea.bc.ca/forms2020. The following is a summary of the revised standard forms with brief descriptions outlining why they were created

Forms 2020: Updated Signature Blocks

By Ellen Baragon, Guest Contributor As part of BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release, the signature blocks on more than 20 standard forms have been updated and will be released on September 16, 2020. Find out more about BCREA’s Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release at bcrea.bc.ca/forms2020. After a recent review of the brokerage signature blocks

PODCAST: Episode 10 – Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release Preview

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On Episode 10 of Open House by BCREA, we preview the Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release with BCREA Professional Services Manager Jennifer Lynch. In our conversation, we outline what new and revised forms and clauses are coming, and how you can begin to familiarize yourself with the forms now. [div id=”buzzsprout-player-5176396″][/div] [script src=”https://www.buzzsprout.com/831562/5176396-fall-2020-standard-forms-release-preview.js?container_id=buzzsprout-player-5176396&player=small” type=”text/javascript” charset=”utf-8″][/script] This

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

Standard Forms Resource Centre Now Available: Here’s What You Need to Know

BCREA Standard Forms Resource Centre

BCREA’s new Standard Forms Resource Centre is now available for REALTORS® and managing brokers! The comprehensive platform is the new go-to for standard forms training materials and resources and was created to help REALTORS® and managing brokers make the most of BCREA standard forms and raise the bar professionally. To access the Standard Forms Resource

Managing Brokers Invited to Webinar on Fall 2020 Standard Forms Release

Managing brokers are invited to a webinar hosted by BCREA

On September 16, BCREA will release seven new standard forms, three new clauses and a significant number of revisions to existing forms. Managing brokers are invited to join the virtual Managing Broker Community of Practice on Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00 am to learn more about the upcoming standard forms release. To register for the

PODCAST: Episode 8 – A REALTOR®’s Guide to Radon Gas

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Episode 8 of Open House by BCREA, A REALTOR®’s Guide to Radon Gas, features a conversation about radon gas and real estate with Dr. Noah Quastel, Director of Law and Policy for Healthy Indoor Environments at the BC Lung Foundation. Radon gas isn’t new, but it’s certainly something that Realtors continue to learn about. BCREA

Standard Forms Spotlight: What You Need to Know About BCREA Standard Forms

This is the first post in “Standard Forms Spotlight,” a regular series of blog posts that will help REALTORS® enhance their understanding and build their knowledge of the many intricacies around provincial standard forms and clauses used in real estate transactions in BC. Learn more about what you can expect in the monthly series here.

Live Online Course and FAQ Created for REALTOR® Education About Radon Gas

Radon gas is an odourless and colourless radioactive gas that occurs naturally throughout BC

With questions about radon gas recently added to the Property Disclosure Statement in April 2020, REALTORS® may be looking to brush up on their knowledge about the odourless and colourless radioactive gas that occurs naturally throughout BC and which, if accumulated in homes and other buildings, can become a health risk. As a result, BCREA,

Property Disclosure Statement Revised and Released Alongside New Online Course

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), in collaboration with the provincial Standard Forms Committee, BC’s 11 real estate boards and other stakeholders, has updated the Property Disclosure Statement (PDS). The updated PDS is now available on WEBForms®. What are the changes to the form? As a response to several issues impacting the BC real

BCREA Creates Notice & Acknowledgement Form for Use During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) has created a new Standard Form, the Notice & Acknowledgement form, for use by REALTORS® during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is now available on WEBForms®. With the practice of real estate having changed since the outbreak of COVID-19, your clients may have many questions and concerns over how

PODCAST: Episode 4 – COVID-19 Standardized Clauses, and Financial Support

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[div id=”buzzsprout-player-3304732″][/div] [script src=”https://www.buzzsprout.com/831562/3304732-covid-19-standardized-forms-and-financial-support.js?container_id=buzzsprout-player-3304732&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 4, COVID-19: Standardized Clauses, and Financial Support, features conversations with BCREA’s

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

Revised Council Disclosure Forms Better Meet Consumer Needs

Recent changes to three Real Estate Council of BC mandatory disclosure forms are a significant improvement on previous versions, which were launched as part of the June 2018 Rule changes. The revised forms, which came into effect September 30, 2019, include the Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services, Disclosure of Risks to Unrepresented Parties and Disclosure to Sellers of

The First Law of Holes #517

Will Rogers defined the first law of holes as follows: “When you find yourself in a hole; stop digging.” A recent discipline decision of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia1 suggests the licensee involved should have taken Mr. Rogers’ advice. The licensee acted as the designated agent of the seller in the sale of

Changes to Improve Transparency Within Real Estate Transactions

In an effort to make BC’s real estate industry more transparent, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) has introduced additional disclosure statement requirements regarding assignments of strata purchase agreements. While these changes are targeted at developers who market strata lots in developments properties, it’s important for REALTORS® who are involved in the

The Section 9 Trap #507

When a residential listing agent receives an offer in the standard form, Contract of Purchase and Sale (CPS), the licensee should always cross-check Section 9 and any related wording against the seller’s title. In the CPS, Section 9 promises that at completion the seller will deliver clear title, subject only to the following exceptions: subsisting

Rule Changes – Overview

On June 15, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate’s (OSRE) finalized Rule changes will come into effect. The Rule changes will include new requirements for licensee language proficiency, remuneration disclosure, a new relicensing education course, a ban on dual agency and new rules for conflicts of interest when acting for multiple clients. As

Offer vs. Option vs. Contract of Purchase and Sale #499

Some conditions precedent are so imprecise or subjective that they prevent the formation of a contract. Pending the weak subject’s removal, we have only, in law, an offer. Removing the subject in question amounts to accepting the offer. Until the buyer delivers written notice removing the offending subject by the subject removal deadline, there is

Vacant Possession #495

Vacant possession means no one else is exercising possession rights in the property. Section 5 in the standard form Contract of Purchase and Sale (CPS) promises a buyer vacant possession, unless a REALTOR® otherwise records the presence of a tenant. Every year, the Real Estate Council of British Columbia (the Council) disciplines REALTORS® for failing

Licensees Liable for Not Determining Seller’s Non-resident Status? #493

On March 25, 2017, several local newspapers ran a story with the alarming headline, “House buyer beware: Landmark court ruling will shake real-estate industry.”1 The story referred to a February 10, 2017 BC Supreme Court judgment2 and left licensees wondering about this decision’s impact on their duties to ascertain the Canada residency status of sellers for the

Implied Representation that Rents Lawful #149

Legally Speaking

By Gerry NeelyB.A., LL.B. A purchase was made of an Ontario apartment block under an agreement which set out the rent payable for each suite. There was no express representation that the rents were established lawfully. The new owner found himself facing demands by tenants for a rental review and a rollback of rents claimed to

Tenancies, Subject to Existing #101

Legally Speaking

By Gerry NeelyB.A. LL.B. Lower interest rates have helped fuel a sharp increase in demand for properties in Victoria and the Lower Mainland, and I trust, throughout the Province. The increased demand has led to fewer listings and that will result in increased prices if demand continues. No one now anticipates that this increased demand