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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.

    • Economics

    Interest Rates Heading Lower Again?

    Published Feb 28, 2014
    Improving economic growth, an increase in inflation and the dreaded taper were supposed to send long-term interest rates higher in 2014. Yet, through the first month of the year, Canadian interest rates have plummeted. So what happened?
    • Practical Points

    Search HPO Registries on the Go

    Published Feb 27, 2014
    Property research on your mobile device is now easier than ever, thanks to improvements to two Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) online registries.
    • Real Estate Sector
    • Government Relations

    BC Archaeology Regulations: What to Know

    Published Feb 27, 2014
    Given the potential costs and limitations to developing property containing a protected archaeological site, REALTORS® must ensure that known, protected sites on a property are disclosed as part of a real estate transaction.
    • Get to Know BCREA
    • Real Estate Sector

    Looking for what it takes to WOW clients?

    Published Feb 24, 2014
    BCREA's excited to announce a new Facebook page as part of its Journey of Discovery project. . Aptly titled "Extraordinary Moments in the Consumer Real Estate Experience," the posts tell the story of the incredible experiences REALTORS® are creating for clients, as well as highlighting ways to create even better experiences.
    • Real Estate Sector
    • Government Relations

    Help for First-Time Buyers

    Published Feb 19, 2014
    Effective for registrations on and after February 19, 2014, the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) exemption threshold under the First Time Home Buyers’ Program is increased to $475,000 from $425,000, with the partial exemption/phase out applying between $475,000 and $500,000.
    • Education

    Broker Education Research: Feedback Request

    Published Feb 06, 2014
    From July to October 2013, BCREA and the Real Estate Broker Association (REBA) conducted a Managing Broker Research Project to provide insights into the values and priorities of BC managing brokers regarding REALTOR® education. In order to identify and confirm strategic next steps, REBA and BCREA would now like BC REALTORS®’ feedback on the research findings.
    • Practical Points

    CMHC's Affordable Housing Resources

    Published Jan 30, 2014
    Did you know that Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) website provides access to some of the most comprehensive affordable housing information available in Canada?
    • 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.