BCREA Blog

BCREA Blog

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.

    • Education

    BCREA has a new cpe course instructor: Welcome, Faizal!

    Published Oct 05, 2012
    Join us in welcoming Faizal Valli as a new instructor for the cpe course Tax Tips for Selling Real Estate.
    • Economics

    The Impact of Changes to Mortgage Rules on BC Home Sales

    Published Oct 01, 2012
    The Federal government has tightened mortgage regulations four times since 2008, with each intervention followed by a sharp decline in home sales.
    • Education

    New Directions for Professional Development Education

    Published Sep 20, 2012
    To meet the evolving needs of the real estate profession, BCREA is working on an exciting new learning path structure of recommended learning opportunities to support provincial education.
    • Economics

    Outlook for Canadian Monetary Policy

    Published Sep 20, 2012
    The Bank of Canada remains caught in a delicate balance. The trajectory of the output gap and the stickiness of consumer prices would under normal conditions, and under conventional monetary economics (see chart below), have pushed the Bank towards tightening interest rates.
    • Education

    BCREA Instructors – Preparing for Exciting Changes in the PDP Classroom

    Published Sep 14, 2012
    BCREA is working hard to ensure that our applied practice course and Professional Development Program (PDP) instructors are well supported and prepared to realise BCREA’s vision of a twenty first century education program for licensees and REALTORS® throughout the province.
    • Economics

    US Federal Reserve Announces QE3

    Published Sep 14, 2012
    In a widely anticipated move, the US Federal Reserve announced yesterday that it will conduct a third round of quantitative easing (QE).
    • Economics

    Northern BC Could Use A Little More Exposure

    Published Aug 29, 2012
    With most of the media attention focused on the Vancouver and Toronto real estate markets, it is easy to miss some of the truly good news stories like the surging real estate markets of Northern BC. So far in 2012, sales through the BC Northern Real Estate Board have risen 14 per cent while average prices are up over 5 per cent.
    • Practical Points

    HPO Resources for Homebuyers

    Published Aug 16, 2012
    Looking for resources to assist you, as a homebuyer, or to assist your clients, as a REALTOR®, in the process of buying a new home? Check out the numerous resources available from the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO).
    • Economics

    Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement Tomorrow

    Published Jul 16, 2012
    When the Bank of Canada announces its interest rate decision tomorrow morning, it will no doubt choose to keep its target overnight interest rate at 1 per cent where it has been held for the past 23 months.
    • Education

    BCREA-BC Northern R & D Partnership - A learning innovation!

    Published Jul 13, 2012
    On June 15, BCREA and the BC Northern Real Estate Board offered the first real time (synchronous) in-person and online presentation of a cpe course.
    • Economics

    Tracking the BC Economy

    Published Jul 10, 2012
    Because data for provincial GDP growth is only released annually and at a significant time lag, BCREA's economics team has developed a tool to track economic growth on a monthly basis.
    • Economics

    Federal Government Changes to Mortgage Lending

    Published Jun 22, 2012
    For the fourth time in the past four years, the Federal Government has announced further action to restrict mortgage credit. Learn more about the new measures.
    • Economics

    Canadian Consumer Price Inflation

    Published Jun 22, 2012
    Canadian retail sales declined 0.5 per cent in April, offsetting a similar increase in March. Weakness in the retail sector was broad-based with 8 out of 11 retail sectors recording declines. Click here to learn more about Canadian consumer price inflation.
    • Education

    Newly Hired Instructor: Cam McLeod!

    Published Jun 19, 2012
    Cam McLeod recently joined BCREA’s instructor community as a Unit 10 instructor within the Residential Trading Services Applied Practice Course offered in Prince George.
    • Education

    Leaving Us… Ed Rektor

    Published Jun 15, 2012
    • Economics

    One of These Things is Not Like the Other

    Published May 28, 2012
    • Economics

    April BC Labour Market Check-Up

    Published May 11, 2012
    • Economics

    Tracking the BC Economy

    Published May 03, 2012
    • Economics

    What a difference a day makes

    Published Apr 19, 2012
    • Education

    Updates – The Virtual Real Estate College Project

    Published Apr 17, 2012