These affect you! 2 great changes to the Rules of Co-Operation for BC Real Estate for Sale

If you live or own property somewhere between Whistler to Hope in BC, then the changes to the rules of cooperation affect you.

BC is home to over 25,000 licensed realtor members of the 8 Real Estate Boards operating in the province. One of the primary marketing tools used by agents in BC is, which advertises properties uploaded to the Multiple Listing System (MLS) by the Real Estate Boards.

These boards get together to create rules of Co-Operation that allow the members to work under one unified set of rules. The regulations affect the conduct you should expect from a realtor and what we realtors should expect from each other.

On October 17th, three of the member boards, Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Chilliwack, agreed on changes that affect the areas from Whistler to Hope.

The changes made are as follows

      • Rule 4.02 Irrevocable Direction Regarding Presentation of Offers (IDRPO)- previously Direction Regarding Presentation of Offers (DRPO). Before the rule changes, one could sign a direction of presentation of offers but still accept an offer anytime. This allowed home sellers to accept bully offers or to cancel the DRPO altogether. The new rules now stipulate that once signed and uploaded; the direction must be carried out. It cannot be canceled at any time. Furthermore, a written copy must be uploaded and made available to the buyer’s agent.

      • The second change stipulates that if an offer is received during the irrevocable time period set out by the seller, the agent is not allowed to present the offer or share the offer’s details with the home seller during that period. Previously, an agent was allowed to share the terms of offers received during this time period.

    What this means for you

    Gone are the days when you’re told offers are presented on Tuesday only to find a sold sticker on the property before you ever got access for a viewing. If you’re told that offers are Tuesday, it MUST be Tuesday or somebody is getting a hefty fine from their Real Estate Board. Personally, I prefer presenting offers right away as I find that waiting three days increases the anxiety of the property seller and buyer. Nobody wants to wait up to a week on pins and needles to find out if they’ve made a sale.

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