Mark McVey and Cam McLeod are at the offices of the BC Northern Real Estate Board this week teaching new Realtors® how to become great Realtors®.
We thought it would be a good opportunity to explain what’s involved in getting a real estate licence, so the next time you’re looking to buy or sell a home in British Columbia, you know what a qualified Realtor® has to offer.
For someone to be able to call themselves a Realtor®, they have to meet the licensing and education requirements set out by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia. This is to ensure that when BC residents hire a Realtor®, they can feel confident that they are hiring a qualified professional.
Before they can be licenced, all Realtors® have to meet the Council’s “Good Reputation Guidelines” which include criminal record checks.
All trainee Realtors® have to complete the Real Estate Trading Services Licensing Course. This course covers the legal aspects of real estate in British Columbia as well as topics such as professional liability, ethics, building design and construction, contracts, interest rates and mortgages, taxes, real estate appraisal, marketing and technology.
After passing the licensing exam, new Realtors® move on to either a residential or commercial Trading Services Applied Practice Course depending on whether they are training to become residential or commercial Realtors®. These courses are run by the British Columbia Real Estate Association.
The residential applied practice course is a week long program broken into 10 units ( 2 per day). Mark is teaching two units this week and Cam is teaching one.
Mark and Cam recognize the value of mentorship, and as partners at Team Powerhouse Realty, it’s an important part of what they bring to the company. Training and a supportive work environment creates a stronger team, and a strong team offers superior service to clients.