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Rules of Cooperation to enforce a new “timely communication” standard, increase REALTOR® accountability over unlicensed assistants, and more…

Representatives from Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR) and the Fraser Valley and Chilliwack real estate boards have finalized a series of changes to the Rules of Cooperation that will come into effect on August 1, 2024.

The changes are a key part of our ongoing work to raise standards in the profession and implement recommendations from our professionalism white paper.

The changes focus on seven key areas.

Seven key changes

  1. Timely Communication standard: A member shall communicate with other members in a timely and effective manner.

  2. Accountability for unlicensed assistants: Members are responsible for the actions of their unlicensed assistants, administrators and employees, and members will be held accountable for all conduct and actions undertaken by these individuals on behalf of the member. 

  3. Upholding the reputation of the profession: A member shall not conduct themself nor permit their employees to conduct themselves in such a manner as to prejudice their own reputation, the reputation of the Board, or the reputation of the real estate profession.

  4. Broker obligation to report completion date changes: The Listing Brokerage must notify the MLS® Department immediately of any amendment to or extension of the completion date.

  5. Exempting residential land assemblies from CREA’s REALTOR® Cooperation policy: Listings that are part of a residential land assembly are exempt from CREA’s REALTOR® Cooperation Policy that specifies that all Realtors across Canada must place their residential listings on the MLS® System within three days of public marketing. A residential land assembly is defined as the combining of two or more adjacent residential properties to form a single site that current government policy may allow for development of a commercial property or a residential use with four (4) or more units. 

  6. Electrical inspection label for mobile homes: For Manufactured Homes/Modular Homes/Park Model Homes, a photograph of the CSA or BC Electrical Inspection label must be posted by the Listing Brokerage to the MLS® System as an associated document within 24 hours of the listing becoming active on the MLS® System. 

  7. Strata Properties – Form “B”: For each strata MLS® listing, the Listing Brokerage shall at the time of taking the listing obtain current relevant strata corporation documents, including but not limited to two (2) years of strata council minutes and strata corporation minutes, registered strata corporation by-laws, financial statements, registered strata plans, information concerning special assessments, either proposed or levied, and a current Information Certificate (Form “B”).

Once implemented, these changes will be required standards for all Lower Mainland Realtors.

Our perspective on these changes

“Through these changes, we are striving to clarify areas of confusion and, most importantly, eliminate behaviour and practices that commonly frustrate members and interfere with your ability to provide efficient and high-quality service to clients,” Jeff King, GVR CEO said. “In particular, we believe it is long overdue to require comprehensive strata documents at the time of listing, have greater Realtor accountability for the actions of their unlicensed assistants, and to establish a clear standard that members with active listings must respond to queries and communicate about their listing in a timely manner.” 

“If you encounter someone who chooses to disregard their professional obligations, we want to hear about it. We encourage members to hold each other accountable by reporting misconduct to We will also soon have a professional standards complaint form on WEBForms to streamline this reporting process.”

“Looking ahead, we also intend to implement new measures to expedite the disciplinary process for more minor infractions as a way to strengthen accountability and increase efficiency in the disciplinary process,” King said.


We’ll continue to communicate about these changes as we approach the August 1 implementation date. 

If you have questions about these new standards, please email us at


Is your child graduating from high school in 2024?

If you have a child in grade 12 in 2024, we encourage them to apply for one of our annual entrance scholarships!

Each year we award five $1,500 entrance scholarships to our members’ children entering post-secondary education.

We award scholarships based on performance in academics, athletics, fine arts, and community service. The recipients are chosen by a team of independent adjudicators.

Your child is eligible to apply if

  • you, as their parent or legal guardian, are an active member of Greater Vancouver REALTORS®

  • they’re currently in grade 12

  • they’ll be enrolled in full-time studies in fall 2024 in a program of at least two years’ duration leading to a recognized degree, diploma, or certificate at a university, college, or institute recognized by Universities Canada

Key Information

  • Deadline for applications is August 30, 2024. Adjudication will take place in September, and successful applicants notified in October.

  • Successful applicants will be asked to submit a certified copy of their final transcript (all grade 11 and 12 marks and provincial exam results). The applicant’s transcript will be mailed to them by the provincial government. The student’s school may also certify copies.

  • Applicants are advised to begin collecting required documents early, as some references may not be available during the summer.

Request your scholarship application here




Use these GVR resources to make sure you’re up to speed on GST in real estate

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a key factor in real estate transactions, applying to commissions, fees, and even some housing.

It’s important for Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR) members to understand how GST is applied so you can properly guide your clients.

Here’s a collection of resources you can use to ensure you’re up to speed on GST.

GST on housing fact sheet for Realtors

GST applies to the purchase of a new residential home in BC – but what exactly does the government consider a “new” home? And are there any rebates or exemptions?

To help you understand the rules around GST, we’ve compiled all this information and more into a fact sheet for Realtors.

You can also download a PDF version.

Need to know more? Take our course

Our GST for Realtors and Real Estate Transactions course provides you with a basic understanding of how the GST applies to your business. You’ll learn how it applies to both commercial and residential real estate transactions, and how you can determine if you have a GST situation that needs action.

You’ll also learn about risks and liabilities associated with the GST and when you should advise your client(s) to seek legal or professional tax advice.

This course also complements BCREA’s Tax Tips for Selling Real Estate course.

The next available date for our course:
June 25, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm via Zoom webinar

Register today.

MLS® rules around GST

Residential listings on the MLS® have an optional field for GST. This yes-or-no field gives you the option to let other members know if the listing price includes GST or not.

If you have a listing that GST applies to and you want to include GST in the listing price, we encourage you to use this field.

Note that all sales prices must be reported to GVR without the tax included even if your original listing included the GST in its price.

When in doubt, ask an expert

If you’re in doubt about GST, we recommend you ask an expert like an accountant, or ask your managing broker for advice.


UPDATE – new sale status, information coming to MLS® in July

The new sales statuses for MLS® listings will now be coming to Paragon,, and other platforms in July. We'll announce the exact date in the coming weeks.

These new statuses will help REALTORS®, homebuyers, and sellers get a better sense of how far along a listing is in the transaction lifecycle.

What are the new statuses?

There will be three new statuses:

  1. Active Under Contract – This optional status will be used when a listing has an accepted offer with subjects on it. If your brokerage has permitted use of this status, and you have the Agent Modify ability, you can change to this status on your own.

  2. Pending – Replacing the current “Sold” status, this status will be applied to listings that have an accepted subject-free offer, or once all subjects are removed.

  3. Closed – Listings will automatically move to this status at the end of their completion date.

The “Active Under Contract” status will be available to all members with agent modify ability, but your brokerage may apply rules on whether you can use it, or how you can use it. Please check with your office to see how they intend to use the status.

Please note that association staff will not be updating listings from Active to Active Under Contract.

More recent sold prices coming to

Along with the new sale statuses, we also plan on including more recent sold prices for listings on public-facing listing websites like

After the starting date in July, all listings with the new “Closed” status will automatically show their sale price.

We’ll provide more information on the new sale statuses and public facing sold prices in the coming weeks.

Questions? Please contact the MLS® department at


Bank of Canada Cuts Policy Rate for First Time Since March 2020

The Bank of Canada decided to reduce its target for the overnight lending rate from 5% to 4.75%. The move was widely expected by financial markets and marked the Bank’s first rate reduction since the onset of the pandemic four years ago, bringing rates down to where they stood exactly one year ago.

In a scheduled announcement on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, the Bank noted Canada’s economy picked up in the first quarter of 2024 but still came in weaker than anticipated. While growth in consumer spending, business investment, and the housing market remained solid, the Bank once again made note of the fact that employment has been rising at a slower pace than working-age population growth.

The Bank continues to focus on elevated shelter costs as a significant contributor to inflation. However, it also noted that both headline and core measures of inflation are showing signs of downward momentum and are close to historical averages.

With inflation now back in the Bank’s preferred range of 1-3% and increased confidence that inflation continues to move toward its 2% target, the Bank stated, “monetary policy no longer needs to be as restrictive” in its decision to lower the policy rate by 25 basis points.

The Bank of Canada will make its next scheduled interest rate announcement on July 24, 2024, as well as publish its full outlook for the economy and inflation in its next Monetary Policy Report.

Are you looking for interest rate information to share with your clients? Living Room has put together an article for prospective home buyers about what they should do if they’re buying a home in the current market, and why working with a REALTOR® is important.


Metro Vancouver home sales down in May while inventory continues to increase

VANCOUVER, BC – June 4, 2024 – The number of transactions on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) declined in May compared to what is typical for this time of year in Metro Vancouver1. This shift has allowed the inventory of homes available for sale to continue to accumulate with over 13,000 homes now actively listed on the MLS® in the region.

The Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR) reports that residential sales in the region totalled 2,733 in May 2024, a 19.9 per cent decrease from the 3,411 sales recorded in May 2023. Last month’s sales total was also down 19.6 per cent from the 10-year seasonal average for May (3,398).

GVR Stats Package for May 2024


Spring inventory continues to build in the Fraser Valley to levels not seen in nearly five years

SURREY, BC – Slower seasonal sales helped build inventory to its highest level since September 2019 in the Fraser Valley in May, creating more balanced market conditions for home buyers and sellers. The increase in supply over the past several months has further contributed to a softening of price growth, which is good news for buyers.

Active listings increased eight per cent from April to May to 7,904 — up 42 per cent over May 2023 and 19 per cent above the 10-year average.

Sales, however, remained seasonally slow, with 1,517 transactions on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listings Service ® (MLS®) in May, up 3 per cent from April, but down 11 per cent compared to May 2023. May sales were 21 per cent below the 10-year average.

FVREB Stats Package for May 2024

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