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December 2021

Meet a Member

Whether you have years of experience or are new to the industry, REIBC is your key to career advancement and connection with the real estate industry. Professional members have achieved the RI designation, which provide employers and clients with instant confirmation of advanced levels of education and experience.

Joshua Lasta, RI
Newsletter_Images/joshua_lasta_photo.jpgJoshua began his career in 2018 as an appraiser in the public sector. Prior to that, he had some exposure to the financial and insurance aspects of real estate while working at a bank. Even while working at the bank, he was always inexplicably drawn to real estate and often found himself reading up on the latest journals. He finally pursued his interest and took the leap into real estate after a colleague suggested it. Now, he works as a residential appraiser at BC Assessment in Vancouver and has recently accepted a transfer to Kamloops. He chose to become an RI because of the invaluable network the REIBC offers. He believes belonging in a discourse community is a remarkable opportunity and he looks forward to enriching his career experience through building connections and relationships.

In his spare time, Joshua enjoys travelling and would love to visit New Zealand again, as it’s a paradise for explorers alike without any wild predators. Tofino is also high on his list, as he would like to improve on his surfing, after standing up on the surfboard for the first time last summer.

Welcome Joshua.

Member News

David Podmore, RI

Newsletter_Images/David_Podmore_-_cropped.jpgConcert Infrastructure Founder and Chair, David Podmore, OBC, is the recipient of the 2021 Champion Award presented by The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). The Champion Award is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to public-private partnerships in Canada and recognizes David’s contribution to delivering essential public-private partnership (P3) infrastructure projects across Canada. This year, the award was presented virtually at the 29th CCPPP Annual Conference on November 17. 

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2021 Presidents’ Luncheon – Positioning for the Next Global Event

Newsletter_Images/speakers_at_PL.JPGOn December 9, 2021 REIBC held their first in person event since December of 2019. It was attended by over 150 people and we were pleased to have such a great turnout.  The discussion was very interesting with Norm Taylor of CMLS and Bob Ransford, RI of Century Group - moderated by André Gravelle, RI. Everyone enjoyed the event and we will have a full report on the discussion and what was learned in our Spring Edition of the Input magazine.

Three lucky winners were selected for our door prizes:

Three lucky winners were selected for our door prizes: Dean Pelletier, RI (Assistant Director, Parks Recreation and Cultural Services, City of Burnaby) won a Purdy’s Chocolates basket; David Wong, RI (Property Negotiator, Metro Vancouver) won a Purdy’s Chocolates basket and a copy of John D’Eathe’s novel Laundering the Dragon and Tom Prasol (Co-Founder and Senior Mortgage Consultant, 4Front Mortgages) won a $300 basket from Lindt Chocolate and a voucher for a free hotel stay on us.

Thank you to everyone in attendance and we look forward to our next event.


REIBC Events

Housing Outlook 2022
Thursday, January 20, 2022 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Economic Forecast 2022
Thursday, January 27, 2022 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Industry News

Unexpected tax changes for small business owners in BC

Unexpected tax changes have left small business owners in BC in a lurch. A set of businesses have lost the ability to claim property tax relief on air space, which is the right to build into the vertical space above a property. In the case of the Boardroom, a snow, skate, wake and surf equipment store, the property taxes are increasing by $15,889, from $45,745 in 2021 to $61,634 in 2022. Margins are being squeezed tightly, from these additional tax costs as well as increases to minimum wage and medical services plan payments. Read more about this story on the Vancouver Sun.

SFU CITY 101: Planning For Non-Planners: What You Need To Know About Community Planning

Short Online Course in January 2022, Taught by Eric Aderneck

Back by popular demand, this short online course will be offered again in January 2022. Registration is now open.

This course is an introduction to the practice of urban planning and how to build more sustainable, vibrant, and inclusive communities and physical environments.

Students will learn about the matters, purpose, and practice of urban planning in Canada, British Columbia, and the Metro Vancouver region. This course offers a special focus on planning and development issues in the region, and the planners’ role in building cities, and the interrelationships between the physical, environmental, economic, social, and built considerations in planning at different scales. The course will include defining urban planning and planning theory and history, explaining why and how we plan, and outlines the role of participants, stakeholders, and decision-makers in the planning and development processes.

For more information, click here.

REIBC wishes you all a very Happy Holiday Season and all the best in the New Year!

Please note that the REIBC office will be closed from December 24th to January 4th.

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