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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.

    • Real Estate Sector

    REALTORS®: Register Now for a .REALTOR Domain Name

    Published Jan 27, 2014
    Interested in a domain name that defines the REALTOR® profession? Sign-up now for a list that will give you priority registration for a .REALTOR domain name.
    • Economics

    Employment in BC fell in 2013...or did it?

    Published Jan 23, 2014
    According to the Canadian Labour Force Survey, BC shed roughly 9,000 jobs through October while the Canadian Survey of Employment, Payrolls, and Hours points to a healthy net gain of close to 35,000 jobs. So, which is right?
    • Education

    Four NEW PDP Courses: Off to a Great Start!

    Published Jan 22, 2014
    In November 2013, BCREA launched four new Professional Development Program (PDP) courses. These new courses offer relevant, just-in-time information with practical takeaways that give REALTORS® an opportunity to work on their business rather than working in their business.
    • Education

    The New PDP is Here

    Published Nov 01, 2013
    November 1, 2013 marks the launch of the new Professional Development Program (PDP) for REALTORS® in BC. BCREA wishes to thank our 11 member boards, our REALTOR® liaisons and committee members, and all the staff and volunteers who have helped to roll out the exciting new products and services.
    • Economics

    Where the Jobs Are (and Are Not)

    Published Oct 29, 2013
    The BC labour market in 2013 can be charitably described as sluggish. Through the first nine months of the year, employment is unchanged from 2012. However, employment totals hide significant variation at the industry level.
    • Education

    Customize Your PDP Experience: the New PDP Learning Paths

    Published Sep 25, 2013
    Every BC REALTOR® has unique educational needs. For the launch of the New Professional Development Program (PDP) this November, BCREA has developed Learning Paths to help REALTORS® customize a PDP experience that is right for them.
    • Government Relations

    Making Progress on BC Floodplain Mapping

    Published Sep 17, 2013
    The Floodplain Maps Working Group met recently to discuss priorities and next steps. The results of that discussion and other developments are offered in the second quarterly progress report on the Action Plan.
    • Economics

    Checking in with the BC Economy

    Published Sep 11, 2013
    The first half of 2013 is unfolding more or less as forecast. Economic growth has been sub-par for several months and job creation has subsequently lagged. BC consumers have all but closed their wallets, leading to the lowest rate of growth in retail sales since the 2009 recession. However, we are beginning to see encouraging signs that the economy is, if not turning the corner, at least on more solid footing.
    • Education

    Grow With Us: New PDP Coming November 2013

    Published Aug 27, 2013
    BCREA and its 11 member boards are proud to announce significant improvements to the PDP, which will begin to roll out in November 2013.
    • Real Estate Sector

    Check Out BCREA's New Quality of Life Video!

    Published Aug 08, 2013
    BCREA is thrilled to announce that its new Quality of Life video is now available online to help REALTORS®, member boards and the Association demonstrate their commitment to improve Quality of Life in BC.
    • Education

    BCREA and REBA Launch Managing Broker Research Project

    Published Aug 07, 2013
    BCREA and the Real Estate Brokers Association (REBA) are undertaking a Managing Broker Education Research Project.
    • Economics

    Got to Admit It's Getting Better

    Published Jul 19, 2013
    The Vancouver housing market seems to have bottomed out recently following close to a year of very weak demand. However, demand has picked up considerably since May.
    • Government Relations

    Moving Forward: Floodplain Maps in BC

    Published Jul 15, 2013
    In April, BCREA published its Floodplain Maps Action Plan, which outlines 21 key actions to update existing floodplain maps around the province and keep them current.
    • Economics

    Interprovincial Migration: Go East! (But Stop at Alberta)

    Published Jun 27, 2013
    In 2012, BC finished the year with the largest net outflow of inter-provincial migration in over a decade. Generally, the main reason is jobs and BC has been falling behind other provinces when it comes to creating jobs.
    • Government Relations

    Floodplain Mapping: Planning to Avoid Disaster

    Published Jun 25, 2013
    While the BC government offers aid to Alberta in its time of crisis, BCREA and other stakeholders urge action in this province.
    • Practical Points

    Council Rule Change: Updated Standard Forms

    Published Jun 17, 2013
    REALTORS® should note that in compliance with the Real Estate Council of British Columbia's new Rules 3-3.1 and 3-3.2, several revised BCREA standard forms will be available on July 2.
    • Economics

    Exploring the Case for a Rate Cut

    Published Apr 29, 2013
    The April 2013 Bank of Canada monetary policy report (MPR) included a significant lowering of the Bank's growth and inflation forecast from their previous projection in January.
    • Education

    BCREA Signs On for Fall 2013 Launch of the New National Real Estate Virtual College

    Published Mar 22, 2013
    BCREA is pleased to announce its three-year investment in the new National Real Estate Virtual College that will launch this fall.
    • Economics

    How Much Does Chinese Economic Growth Matter to the Vancouver Housing Market?

    Published Mar 12, 2013
    Economists at the Canadian Conference Board wrote about the strong impact that the Chinese economy has on the Vancouver housing market. While we agree that the Chinese economy has an impact on the Vancouver market, we would argue that the impact is far less direct than was implied.
    • Economics

    Tracking the BC Economy - 2012 Real GDP Growth

    Published Mar 06, 2013
    Provincial economic data is available at an annual level only and with a very long lag. Therefore, the BCREA economics team has developed a monthly growth tracker to estimate monthly growth in BC real GDP.