The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) today announced a five-pillar approach to address housing affordability for renters, homebuyers and homeowners across British Columbia.
BCREA’s five pillars include timely recommendations to:
“REALTORS® understand the importance of housing affordability in creating strong communities,” says Robert Laing, BCREA CEO. “Through these five pillars, BCREA’s recommendations provide a clear pathway toward making homes more accessible and affordable for British Columbians.”
BCREA’s recommendations are supported by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC. “Many of the BCREA proposals on market housing affordability are shared priorities and goals of CHBA BC,” says Neil Moody, CEO. “These actions on supply and building costs help industry deliver a more affordable product for homebuyers, provide more choice for buying or renting, and decrease extra costs for buyers like the Property Transfer Tax.”
More information on BCREA’s five pillars can be found on the Association’s new website: www.bchousingaffordability.ca
BCREA is the professional association for over 22,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients.
To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.
Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett today proclaimed April 2017 as “Safe Digging Month” to create awareness of smart and safe digging practices.
Telecommunications, water mains, sewer lines and, in some cases, electricity lines are buried beneath the ground and out of the public eye so it is important to “click before you dig.” Following safe-digging protocols helps prevent injuries, damage to infrastructure and inconvenient outages.
Uncontrolled digging can lead to interrupted service for emergency response, which can lead to injury or even death. The “click before you dig” campaign reminds us that these disturbances are avoidable. Determining where underground lines are and marking them helps ensure safe digging.
Across Canada April is Dig Safe Month. Here in B.C. the B.C. Common Ground Alliance is in full support of the “click before you dig” campaign as it strives to ensure the highest level of worker safety, public safety and damage prevention is being achieved.