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The BCREA Blog is a platform for sharing the latest education news, economics statistics, issues relating to the profession and links to valuable resources for REALTORS®, stakeholders and the public.

    • Government Relations

    BCREA's Tax Calculators: Now Mobile!

    Published May 24, 2016
    Did you know that BCREA has an online tool to help you and your clients determine the taxes payable on the purchase of property in BC? Three calculators are available for your use, and they're now also accessible on your mobile device.
    • Government Relations

    New Contract Changes Related to Assignments to Benefit Consumers

    Published May 17, 2016
    Positive changes have recently been made to BC Contracts of Purchase and Sale which will help real estate consumers decide whether they want their contracts to be assignable.
    • Government Relations

    Water Sustainability Act: Groundwater Protection

    Published Apr 20, 2016
    On February 29, groundwater licensing began as the first phase of implementation of the new Water Sustainability Act in BC. Learn more about potential licensing requirements and regulations.
    • Real Estate Sector

    BCREA's First Youth Leadership Network Event: A Great Success!

    Published Apr 07, 2016
    On April 6, BCREA hosted its first Youth Leadership Network (YLN) event to support REALTOR® leadership development and encourage young leaders to get involved in organized real estate leadership opportunities. Learn more about this and other upcoming YLN events.
    • Real Estate Sector

    Assignments: Best Practices

    Published Apr 07, 2016
    The issue of assignments is a hot topic with the media and elected officials these days. Learn more about what you can do as a REALTORS® to ensure that you're using the best practices.
    • Real Estate Sector

    New "About BCREA" Video

    Published Feb 17, 2016
    BCREA has created an "About BCREA" video to introduce BCREA to its members and partners, share what we do, describe the services we provide and demonstrate where REALTOR® dues go.
    • Government Relations

    Old Floodplain Maps Put British Columbians at Risk

    Published Dec 03, 2015
    Only 21 per cent of BC communities and First Nations have access to a floodplain map that’s ten years old or less, according to the BC Floodplain Map Inventory Report, published in October by BCREA. Learn more.
    • Education

    A New Kind of PDP Offering: PDP OnDemand

    Published Jul 10, 2015
    BCREA is pleased to announce the first two PDP OnDemand offerings: Episode 1 of the Strata Talks series, which explores depreciation reports and Episode 1 of the Broker Talks series, which looks at broker FINTRAC audit experiences.
    • Education

    New Online, 6-credit PDP Course: Customer Service Excellence and the REALTOR® Brand

    Published Jun 16, 2015
    Join renowned industry trainer Gerald Clerx and real estate industry facilitator Charles Holmes as they share proven techniques and tools to take your customer service from ordinary to extraordinary.
    • Government Relations

    Input Wanted: Examples of Wetlands Conservation

    Published Jun 03, 2015
    The Okanagan Basin Water Board is looking for innovative examples of long-term protection of wetlands or other conservation values on private land in the Agricultural Land Reserve. Learn more and provide your examples.
    • Education

    Brokers: Enhance Your FINTRAC Compliance – Have Your Office Take the New FINTRAC Course

    Published May 11, 2015
    A new online FINTRAC course, FINTRAC: Compliance for REALTORS®, Brokers and Broker Managers, is available for 3 PDP credits through REvia: the Real Estate Knowledge Network.
    • Education

    Expanded PDP Online Learning Opportunities

    Published May 05, 2015
    Worried about meeting your education requirements? It's now easier than ever to fulfill your Professional Development Program (PDP) requirements by taking some or all of your credits online.
    • Government Relations

    National Disaster Mitigation Program Begins

    Published Apr 23, 2015
    In January, Public Safety Canada announced that the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) would begin in April 2015. At last, on April 17, more information was released in a call for proposals from provincial and territorial governments.
    • Real Estate Sector

    Client Incentives for Purchasing an Older Home

    Published Apr 01, 2015
    It can be a challenging task for a REALTOR® to convince a client that an “aged” house could be a diamond in the rough and for many, the idea of tackling a renovation is a nonstarter. Learn a few useful tips to assist when helping your clients with the purchase of an older home in BC.
    • Economics

    Implications of Falling Oil Prices for the BC Housing Market

    Published Feb 05, 2015
    The recent dramatic fall in oil prices has far reaching implications across all facets of the Canadian economy. We have already seen a surprise cut in interest rates from the Bank of Canada, with possibly more to come, as well as a deep decline in the Canadian dollar.
    • Education

    Launch of the New Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course

    Published Feb 03, 2015
    On behalf of the Real Estate Council of British Columbia, BCREA launched the new Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course this January. Feedback to date indicates that the new course will bring a higher standard of knowledge, practical skills and professionalism to BC licensees.
    • Government Relations

    Disaster Mitigation Funding on the Way

    Published Jan 19, 2015
    The federal government and the insurance industry have seen costs related to flooding and severe weather increase significantly in recent years and have announced that the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) will begin on April 1, 2015.
    • Economics

    Multi-family Housing Expected to Dominate New Home Construction

    Published Dec 11, 2014
    A myriad of factors can impact housing demand. A change in interest rates, the level of employment, wages, taxation and even consumer confidence can have a marked influence on the demand for living space. However, over the long term, population growth is perhaps the most significant indicator of housing demand.
    • Education

    New Applied Practice Courses Resources for Managing Brokers

    Published Nov 25, 2014
    BCREA is pleased to announce that to help bring a higher standard of knowledge, practical skills and professionalism to BC licensees, its new Applied Practice Courses will go live in 2015. To help managing brokers be in the know about these redesigned courses for their new licensees, BCREA has made several resources available.
    • Get to Know BCREA

    Interested in Serving as a BCREA REALTOR® Director?

    Published Nov 10, 2014
    BCREA has opened the call for REALTOR® applicants for three Director positions on the Association’s 2015-2016 Board of Directors.