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April's Presidents Report

Blog by Mark Andersen | May 2nd, 2011

President's Message May 2011 Well I don't know about you, but I have had about...

President's Message May 2011

Well I don’t know about you, but I have had about enough rain and cold for this year…it’s time for some sunny days and a little heat.


In reviewing April’s numbers I couldn’t help but notice a striking resemblance to the sales numbers for this same time frame for 2010. We are still experiencing market numbers being down again for the month of April, not only locally, but also from across our province, yet province wide there is a higher number of listings. We all know that this is an advantage to those who are buying (Buyer’s Market). At this time, we must reiterate to our clients who are selling, that they need to have a very sharp pencil when putting a price on their home, as the competition for sales is high, as is the number of listings.


What seems to be causing this effect on our market? A few suggestions being kicked around by the economic folks around the industry are; people have been bracing for potentially three elections; they are watching to see what will happen with the upcoming BC-HST referendum, and/or the long dreary winter that doesn’t want to let go of its grasp.


As professionals we need to keep spreading a positive message. That we have lots of inventory to choose from; our interest rates remain very competitive, and that we need to sell something to feed our families (maybe don’t use that last line). But I think you understand that we need to remain positive and focused moving forward.


With the Federal election now behind us and the confidence vote of the Canadian citizens to see a majority Government lead us, we now hopefully can move forward with a feeling of stability throughout ALL of Canada, bringing with this a comfort level that we will move ahead in a positive way. But that being said, we need to insure we stay close to our federal MP’s so they understand our local issues, and that we are part of the voice of our Canada. Hopefully ALL parties can now put their differences behind them and move ahead to create a Canada that will remain in the world’s eyes as one of the best economic countries in the world to live, work, and visit. This will drive us forward.


In closing, I would like to update you on the results of the BCREA elections held in Vancouver on May 3rd:


The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is pleased to announce that Rick Valouche, a Vancouver REALTOR® and former President of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), has been elected as its 2011-2012 President.  


“In today’s world of change, BC REALTORS® continue to have an important connection to the communities they live and work in. During my term as BCREA President, I look forward to helping advance the Real Estate profession and maintain the continued relevance of REALTORS®. It is an honour to have the opportunity to dedicate my time and support the profession’s commitment to quality of life through the Association’s many initiatives.”  Rick Valouche


Joining Valouche as Officers of the Association are:

  • Vice President Jim McCaughan
  • Past President Moss Moloney
  • BCREA’s Chief Executive Officer Robert Laing

 New Directors are:

  • Jake Moldowan (Region IV-REBGV)
  • Kelvin Neufeld (Region V- FVREB/CADREB)
  • Dick Pemberton (Region II- OMREB/KREB/KADREA/SOREB)
  • Paul Penner (Region V- FVREB/CADREB)
  • Scott Russell (Region IV- REBGV)

Returning as Directors are:

  • Barbara Gallie (Region III-VIREB/VREB/PRSCREB)
  • Jennifer Lynch (Region III-VIREB/VREB/PRSCREB)
  • Joe Pearson (Region II- OMREB/KREB/KADREA/SOREB )
  • Delores St. Amand (Region I- BCNREB)
  • W. Dave Watt (Region IV-REBGV)



I would like to wish you all success in your business and enjoy a great month of May with your family and friends.


Thanks, Mark