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February 2018

Member Renewals

It's that time of year again! Your renewal notice will be sent out tomorrow, March 1st. 

Ensure you can login to your account. If your contact information has recently changed, make the change in your profile or give us a call for assistance. You can reach us at 604-685-3702 or 1-800-667-2166 ext. 102. Due to privacy we do not have access to your passwords. If you've forgotten yours, you will have to reset it; just click on forgot password.

Meet A Member

Meet Trudy Carbonneau, RI

TrudyCarbonneau.JPGI began my career in real estate as a conveyancing secretary in the lower mainland. As life moved me across the Province, I attended the College of the Rockies and obtained a Business Administration (Accounting Major) Diploma.

In 2003 I started with BC Assessment on the Admin Team. Soon after I started the series of appraisal courses and graduated with a Diploma in Urban Land Economics and in 2010 received my RI designation.  I currently work in the Cranbrook office of BC Assessment on the IC & I and Strata Team.

I recently enjoyed a trip to Maui with family only to return to mountains of snow in Kimberley. Talk about one extreme to the next!

Among many things, I enjoy hiking, camping, cooking and spending time with my family and friends.

Meet Larry Serko, RI

LarrySerko.JPGI started my career in 1986 as a Residential Appraiser in Vancouver working with Rescan Properties while going to school at Langara College.  In 1987, I finished school for the educational requirement for the AACI designation and was hired by Kent MacPherson Appraisals where I articled and worked as a Residential and Commercial Appraiser.  I focused on partial takings and Right-of-Way work. I became an RI in 1991 and in 1994, I opened my own firm Serko Property Services where I specialized in Real Estate development and Right-of-Way acquisitions/negotiations.

In 2009, I took a position with BC Hydro, as a Senior Property Representative, based out of Vernon.  Currently, I am the work leader in my department, the work is vast and varied as we manage BC Hydro Right-of-Ways.  I am typically acquiring Rights and dealing with ongoing property issues, developments and approvals.  I believe that the RI designation is a prestigious designation and a necessity to have with the work I do.  

I love negotiating and dealing with most aspects of real estate.  My job is challenging, demanding and fulfilling, with no two days being the same.  BC Hydro is a great company to work for, and I feel that I have the responsibility to represent the Crown Corporation in a respectful and professional manner.    

When I’m not working, I spend as much time as I can with my wife Wendy and our two children, Tasia and Landon, plus our dog Bella.  Given the choice, we enjoy family time with friends and extended family at our cabin on Okanagan Lake. We are an active family with many interests ranging from most water sports to travelling to destinations with warmer climates.  My personal hobby is classic cars. I have a 1971 429SCJ Mach1, which I have spent countless hours rebuilding, which I now take to local car shows.  

Would you like to be profiled in next months' newsletter? Let us know!

Member News

Lita Powell, RI


In the Real Estate Services Act, REIBC is given an appointment to the Real Estate Foundation Board. This position is a three year appointment beginning April 1, 2018 and the member for 2018-2021 that has been selected by the Board of Governors is Lita Powell, RI.

Lita  has been a Governor for the Real Estate Institute and was most recently on the board of the Northern Initiative Development Trust. Lita has been a member of the REIBC for the past 27 years.

She brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. Thank you and Congratulations Lita!

Daniel John, RI

On February 5th, 2018, REIBC President-Elect, Daniel John, RI, was elected to the Board of Directors at the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and will serve a two-year term as Director-at-Large. 

Daniel has been a residential realtor for over 12 years at Sutton Group Seafair Realty, and is also a Real Estate Instructor at Langara College. Daniel has been a member of the REIBC for the past 6 years and been on the board for the past 5. 

Congratulations Daniel!


2018 AIC-BC & REIBC Valuing Diversity Conference

Logo-ValuingDiversity_sj.jpgRegistration is well underway for the 2018 Valuing Diversity Conference. This years' conference is taking place at the Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan in Kelowna from May 10-12, 2018.

This day and a half multi-disciplinary conference features sessions on the City of Kelowna's evolution, first nations assessment and taxation, mortgage rule changes, natural disasters and it's effect on real estate markets, real estate fraud, discounted cash flow analyses, data, and google earth. 

Click here to view our full conference program for more details on each session and their speakers.  Early bird registration closes on March 30th and discounted hotel rates are only available until April 3rd so don't miss out! Register today and save!  


BCIT Meet the Pros Commercial

BCIT_Meet_the_Pros_Feb22_2018_Group_Shot.jpgOn February 22nd the REIBC hosted the Commercial Meet-the-Pros event for the real estate students of BCIT.  With 9 professionals and 15 students in attendance it was a perfect opportunity for the students to engage in small groups with each  professional, allowing it be the most well-rounded meet-the-pros. 

A great big thank you to Fahad Abrahani, RI; Justin Allin, RI; Michael Drouillard, RI; Michael LaPorte, RI; Jillian Mann, RI; Brian Meakin, RI; Mike Meakin, RI; & David Nishi-Beckingham, RI for sharing your expertise with the students.

We also thank our sponsors Concert Properties Ltd, CMLS Financial & Turner Meakin Property Management for their generous support!

Webinar Series

Late last year the REIBC surveyed members requesting help finding topics of interest to them that they would like to learn more about. We received many great ideas and as a result have begun a webinar series that will bring you an informative webinar 10 months this year.

On February 22nd Brad Currie, RI, Verico Coastal Pacific Mortgages spoke on the Mortgage Rule changes that took effect on January 1, 2018.  If you missed this webinar or any of our most recent webinars, we have them available for purchase on our website; click here.

Our next webinar is taking place on March 29 with presenters David Hutniak, CEO LandlordBC and Andrew Sakamoto, Executive Director at The Tenant Advisory & Resource Centre. Registration will open soon.

Charity Golf Tournament 

Registration for the 25th Anniversary REIBC Charity Golf Tournament is now open! This years' tournament is taking place on June 18th, 2018 at the Richmond Country Club.   Click here to register.

25th_Anniversary_Logo.JPGOver the past 25 years, the REIBC has donated more than a half a million dollars to charity thanks to the generous support of many sponsors, some of whom have participated in the tournament from the very beginning.  We get updates from Make-A-Wish on how our recent donations are granting wishes for kids who are living with life-threatening illnesses and we often share them in our newsletters! 

Last month the Make-A-Wish Foundation shared a heart-warming video with us, shedding light on the difference that the dollars raised at our golf tournament is making for kids and their families. Check out the video here.

Let's make a record this year! Click here to register or donate!

REIBC Events

Speakers: David Hutniak & Andrew Sakamoto
March 29, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00pm
Save the date!

AIC-BC & REIBC Valuing Diversity Conference, 2018.
May 10-12, 2018
Delta Grand, Okanagan Resort
1310 Water Street, Kelowna
Check out the program here.

REIBC Chapter Events

Chapter Week of Recognition
April 16 - 20, 2018
More info to come...

Career Opportunities

Senior Land Acquisition Officer - Ministry of Forests Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development

Associate Director, Real Estate (Operations) - City of Vancouver

Property Acquisition Coordinator - Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Properties and Legal Assistant - TimberWest Forest Corp.

Property Management Agent – TransLink

Members Seeking Employment

We recently launched a new page on the REIBC website for members looking for employment. If you are an Associate, Professional or Nominee member looking for a career - tell us a little about yourself here.


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