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October 2017 Newsletter

REIBC Charity Golf Tournament 

cheque_presentation.JPGREIBC presented the proceeds from the 2017 Charity Golf Tournament to The Make-A-Wish Foundation this past month.  To present the cheque was Tournament Chair Rob Reichelt, RI & REIBC President Troy Abromaitis, RI. Two Board members from the Make-A-wish Foundation of BC & Yukon were on hand to accept the cheque. 

The cheque in the amount of $36,156.36 brings the REIBC's donation amount to a total of almost a half a million dollars raised for the kids since the tournament began.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this years' tournament!

The REIBC continues to receive updates on the great wishes that are being granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon as a result of many charitable donations, including dollars from REIBCs Charity Golf Tournament. 

Click here to read about Amelia. Amelia suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. Her wish was to go camping.

Meet the BCIT Real Estate Association Executive 

Richard Taunton, President: Richard has always been taught to push outside his comfort zone, constantly expand his knowledge, and give back to the community. As such, Richard is currently working for Capital West Mortgage Inc. as a Commercial Mortgage Underwriter, and continuing his studies at BCIT part-time, while serving as President of The Association. When not working he can be found on the ice playing and coaching hockey, or in the gym. With everything going on, Richard is the most excited to be leading the well-rounded, and extremely capable Board through the upcoming year.                   Richard_Taunton.JPG
Luca_Bortolazzo.jpg Luca Bortolazzo, Vice President: Luca’s desire to expand his knowledge and passion for the real estate industry developed as he began his studies at BCIT in the fall of 2016. Having had multiple summer internships with Cushman & Wakefield Vancouver, Luca has been able to learn first-hand the intricacies of what it takes to become successful in Vancouver’s competitive real estate market. Aside from Luca’s interest in real estate, he also enjoys anything soccer related, being social with friends, and working out at the gym. Luca is looking forward to helping contribute towards the overall success of the BCIT Real Estate Association.

Nathalie Fernandes, Vice President of Events: Nathalie Fernandes is a second year Marketing – Real Estate Student at BCIT. She has considerable sales experience from a previous door-to-door sales position, as well as her time working at a cold calling centre. Nathalie has also organized events for hundreds of people. She continues utilizing this skill through her current positions as the VP of Events for the Real Estate Association, as well as an Events Coordinator at BCIT’s Maquinna Residences. On her down time, Nathalie enjoys the Vancouver lifestyle of skiing in the winter and hiking (leisurely) in the summer. Nathalie is excited to learn more and thrive in the Vancouver real estate industry.                       Nathalie_Fernandes.jpg

Trevor_Hesleton.jpg Trevor Heselton, Vice President of Finance: Trevor is 23 years old, born and raised in Vancouver, and has succeeded in many areas of his life. He is currently in his second year of the Professional Real Estate program at BCIT and is leading the clubs financial expectations. Trevor does not work during the school year because he dedicates his efforts to his studies, however outside of school you can find him on the ice and on the floor playing hockey. Being an assistant captain for both his men’s hockey teams has given Trevor the competitiveness and leadership skills necessary for holding this board position. During the past few summers, Trevor has worked full time in customer service and labour workplaces. For hobbies, you can catch Trevor boating, camping, and exploring every hike he can find. Before BCIT, Trevor worked full time while managing to graduate with a diploma of business management from Douglas College. Trevor is excited to continue his studies in real estate and is always looking to grow not only as an individual, but as a teammate to this board.

Leanna Denny, Vice President of Marketing : Leanna is this years VP of Marketing for the Real Estate Association. Currently in her second year of studies at BCIT. Leanna has always been passionate about marketing, as it combines both creative pursuits and business strategies. After spending the last year working in administration for Re/Max, she is looking to apply some of the knowledge she has gathered from the industry and apply it to her position on the board. With her free time Leanna enjoys travelling, hiking, and photography. With her skills and experience, she is eager to work with her fellow board members to put together great industry events and networking opportunities for all members this year. Deanna_Lenny.jpg

Nathan_Lalonde.jpg Nathan Laronde, Vice President of Events: Nathan is 25 years old. He was born in North Vancouver and has grown up there as well. Nathan studied at Capilano University where he showed an interest in Anthropology and Psychology. Later, Nathan transferred to Simon Fraser University where he pursued his passion for Psychology. Finally, Nathan decided that he loved Anthropology more and finished his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Nathan has spent most of his life after high school studying at various post-secondary institutes while capitalizing on his free time in the summer by travelling and working. Nathan has worked an assortment of jobs, from roofing to bartending, and considers himself a hardworking, well-rounded individual. Nathan enjoys camping and anything involving a body of water. Continuing his education at BCIT in Professional Real Estate has been a new decision and journey for Nathan. He is excited to start in the working world.

Upcoming Events 

REIBC Webinar Series: LTSA Searches
November 30, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Save the date 
More info

REIBC Fraser Pacific Chapter Social/Networking Event
December 5, 2017 7:00pm
Langley Events Centre
7888 200th Street, Langley
More info

2017 Presidents Luncheon
Masters of Real Estate. Where are we? Where are we going?
December 14, 2017 11:30am -2:00 pm
Four Seasons Hotel
791 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Confirmed Panel : Avtar Bains, Neil Chrystal, and moderator David Podmore.

Check out who's coming! 

REIBC Events

BCIT Meet the Pros - Residential


On October 11 the REIBC hosted the annual BCIT Meet-The-Pros- Residential with the students of the BCIT Commercial Real Estate Diploma program. In attendance were about 20 first and second year students along with 5 professionals. A great big thank you to Daniel John, RI, Sutton Seafair Realty; Ten Tran, Collingwood Appraisals/Penny Keenleyside Appraisals; Mandy Hansen, RI, Insight Specialty Consulting, Troy Abromaitis, RI, Bucci Developments & Warren Fletcher, RI, Gateway Appraisals.

We also thank Campbell & Pound Real Estate Appraisers for their generous sponsorship!

AIC-BC & REIBC Victoria Chapter Lunch & Learn: Environmental Impact Assessment

49 members of the of the Appraisal Institute of Canada-BC Association and The Real Estate Institute of BC came together at BC Assessment’s Uptown Office for a lunch and learn event on Monday, October 23rd.  Brian White, from McElhanney Consulting Services presented on the world of environmental impact assessment.  Topics included: when are site assessments required?  What does the process look like? What are the roles of lenders, realtors and developers?


Joint Thompson-Okanagan Panel Discussion with AIC-BC, PIBC & REIBC

kelowna_jointevent2.JPGThe Thompson Okanagan Chapters of the AIC-BC, REIBC and PIBC enjoyed an evening on October 18th at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club where we had a panel discussion on affordable housing, market trends and demographics. Moderating the panel discussion was Laura Bentley, PIBC, City of Kelowna; she questioned each panel member on some hot topics. Panel members included: Doug Gilchrist - RI/City of Kelowna, Sean Hughes - UDI/AIC/RI/Kent-Macpherson Appraisals,  and Blake Laven-  MCIP, RPP - PIBC/City of Penticton. 

Highlights of the evening's conversation included municipal planning struggles with changes in demographics, continuous technology changes, and affordability; the gap between investors from local citizens, foreign buyers, and Lower Mainland buyers. It was a dynamic collaboration with each representative providing their own unique perspective. Well received by each chapter, we hope to do it again.

AIC-BC & REIBC Nanaimo Chapter Education Day

Nanaimo_Event.jpgA full day of professional development was co-hosted with the AIC-BC and REIBC Nanaimo Chapters at the Nanaimo Golf Course on October 26th.  Close to 40 members between the two organizations were in attendance. 

The morning started off with Rob Grey providing insight into the Real Energy Efficient Program followed by Sharon Horsburg and Rob Lawrance presenting on the new BC Step Code.  They challenged the members to start thinking about how green building initiatives could play a part in assessment and valuation. Eddie Goncalves and Ian Wellin provided information on the new mortgage stress test rules, penalty clauses, and the role that mortgage insurance plays when purchasing a home. During Eddie’s presentation a local police officer, Gary O’Brien, stopped by to talk to members about the Bikes for Kids program. In 2016 the program delivered 97 bikes to those children in need. Gary said this is a great way for our members to continue to give back to our local community. 

In the afternoon we listened to a presentation by Josh Gordon, Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, School of Public Policy.  Josh provided interesting data which highlighted how the influx of foreign money, low interest rates, geographic constraints, desirability and poor political oversight have been attributable to the housing crises. The last presentation of the day was by Janice Weninger. She provided information of what qualifies you and what does not to achieve farm classification and the associated process.  There is a lot more to it than just having a few chickens in the backyard to qualify.

The presentations throughout the day were followed by good discussion with lots of questions by the members. Thank you everyone for attending.

Career Opportunities

Property Agent - BC HousingProperty Manager - Vancouver Native Housing Society

TL Acquisitions and Leasing Agent (20170513) - TransLink

Property Manager - Churchill Property Corporation

Real Estate Coordinator - District of North Vancouver

Real Estate Course Specialist - UBC Sauder Real Estate Division

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.

Meet A Member

In the September newsletter member profile we made an error in the spelling of one of our members name. We apologize for the error. Our meet a member profile was for Nanaimo Governor, Cindy Nesselbeck, RI. You can read her revised profile here

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

Meet Umesh Chand, RI

Umesh_Chand.jpgUmesh Chand is a commercial Appraiser with B C Assessment. Umesh is also Co-Chair of the REIBC Fraser Pacific Chapter.

His career in real estate began in February 2011 when he joined BC Assessment as an Appraiser Trainee in the company’s Prince George Office. After moving to Canada from Fiji in 2005, Umesh settled in Edmonton. In late 2010 Umesh decided to move to warmer British Columbia. Prior to joining B C Assessment, Umesh was involved in economic policy research at the University of Alberta. So working as an Appraiser has been an exciting new practical experience for him outside of the university environment. 

Serving as a Chapter Chair has given him a great avenue to hone his leadership skills. He is keen on encouraging and enabling other members, particularly newer members of the institute, to be involved in Chapter activities.

Meet Jarret Krantz, RI

Jarret_Krantz_photo.jpgI began my career in real estate 10 years ago when I got the call from BC Assessment and offered an appraisal position in the Prince George office. Since then it has been an exciting whirl wind of activity both professionally and personally.

On top of learning and applying all the techniques of mass assessment at work, I quickly began working on my diploma in Urban Land Economics. I completed the program in 2012 and joined the REIBC shortly after. With my shiny new RI designation in hand, I was qualified and successfully promoted to a Senior Appraiser position at BC assessment. In early 2014 I accepted a Deputy Assessor management position and have been working in that role in the Prince George office ever since.

Similar to my professional life, my personal life has been exciting and eventful. In the past 4 years my wife and I; got married, welcomed our first son Marek, welcomed our second son Kian, and now are patiently awaiting the arrival of our 3rd child due in mid November.

For the past 2 years I have been fortunate enough to sit as the Cariboo Region’s chapter chair and have really enjoyed the networking opportunities that come with that.

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