February marked the Board’s most successful Conference & Trade Show to date. Over 600 B.C. REALTORS® attended the event to learn, network, and see keynote speakers including national icon Commander Chris Hadfield.
Later that spring, the Board announced that the next MLS® system software would be Paragon® by Black Knight Financial Services, with implementation set to begin mid-2015. Paragon® will offer a more modern user experience with increased functionality and a wider range of features for the Board’s members.
In July, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) went into effect in an effort to reduce unwanted electronic marketing. In cooperation with the new legislation, the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) created a number of resources that would help Fraser Valley REALTORS® comply to the updated regulations.
During the summer, the Board surveyed members about their current and past community volunteer efforts. The results showed that, of those who responded, over 95% had volunteered in the past. Additionally, over 70% of respondents indicated that they were currently volunteering in 2014.
The REALTORS Care® celebrated its 20th consecutive year in November and supported over 17,000 working poor and homeless people in our region through donations of blankets and warm clothing.
Also in November and in cooperation with CREA, the Board released a new version of their REALTOR®-only web platform REALTOR Link®, offering a cleaner, more efficient experience for members in need of resources and tools.
For the fourth consecutive year and fifth time overall, the Board donated to five local food banks on behalf of its members. As in previous years, the donation is divided proportionately based on the number of REALTORS® represented in each community with $9,450 going to the Surrey Food Bank; $4,200 going to the Langley Food Bank; $3,900 going to Sources White Rock South Surrey Food Bank; $2,730 to the Abbotsford Food Bank; and $630 to St. Joseph’s Food Bank in Mission, for a total of $21,000.
The Board also donated an additional $5,000 to The Residence in Mission, a facility which provides aging residents with care, health support, and a home if needed.