What is a Local Real Estate Board?

Our premium selling system features local board MLS® listings on all 11 real estate boards in BC.

Our innovative brokerage dramatically improves your ability to sell your own property, allowing you to save thousands in the process. When we say "local real estate board", we don't mean that our service is somehow limited to a local audience, we mean that our service can also include maximum exposure to your local audience, which is something that many of our competitors don't, won't, or can't offer.

Many of our clients don't want to be on their actual local real estate board, and can ask us to load their listing via a real estate board that is NOT in their direct area. This helps to reduce the number of agents who will engage with them as a private seller, and it also lessens the chance of a REALTOR® being involved with the buyer - acting as the buyer's agent. Some sellers don't like or trust agents and refuse to even work with them totally. Each seller also has that right, believe it or not.

Regardless of whether your listing is on your local board, ALL of our MLS® System listings are available to ALL buyers and agents on REALTOR.ca, and each listing shows up in the local search results for whichever area in Canada the buyer is searching for a property in on REALTOR.ca.

Local board listings are also visible on the local real estate board's back-end system that operates throughout the various regions of BC. If you have chosen to include the local board for your area, your MLS® listing will ALSO be fully visible to the local real estate agents in your area, and to the general public on the REALTOR.ca website which is available to buyers world wide.

Several local boards in BC are subject to additional board fees. Click the button below to see the fee schedule for each real estate board.

Local Board Fee Schedule - Click to View

With this enhanced service, you get maximum exposure with the buying public on Canada's largest real estate network via the REALTOR.ca website nationally, and with the REALTORS® and the buyers who are working with them to locate a property right in your direct area as well.

Our local board MLS® listings are included in the new & updated MLS® listing notifications that go out to the REALTORS® and to buyers who are using the (PCS) Private Client Services system. These notifications are sent out to agents and buyers whenever new MLS® listings are added, and when updates occur to those same listings.

Please click here for more info on PCS - a very important element of our service.

So what is a local real estate board anyway?

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We have put together this additional information to help sellers better understand what a real estate board is, and more specifically, what it means to them while selling a property privately on the MLS® (Multiple Listing Service) System in Canada.

Each province is divided into multiple real estate boards. The various boards represent the local REALTORS® who practice real estate throughout the province. These boards collect dues from the REALTORS® who belong to them, making them quite territorial because there is a lot of money at stake here.

Each province also has a provincial board. In British Columbia, there are 11 separate boards with the Vancouver board or (REBGV) for short, having the largest membership at just over 14,000 agents. There is also a provincial real estate board in BC called BCREA - with over 22,000 members.

AB, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, all have multiple local real estate boards, and we list MLS® properties on 99% of them. Canada also has a national real estate board referred to as CREA - with over 100,000 members.

Not sure which board your property belongs to?

Try finding your city in the list below to see if our database has it assigned to a local board yet. (Please contact us if your city doesn't return any results, and we will get it matched up ASAP.)

Wikipedia describes the various types of Real Estate Boards throughout Canada as:

Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) "CREA's members are known as 'REALTORS', which means they are members of their provincial real estate association or members of both their local real estate board and CREA, depending on the province.

"A real estate agent may become a member of a local board within the CREA, which confers the agent with membership in the CREA. Local boards are represented by a provincial association within the CREA. The local boards operate the multiple listing service for their market. There are 101 real estate boards in Canada.

"Both the Multiple Listing Service or MLS trademark and the REALTOR trademark are owned by REALTOR Canada Inc, a subsidiary of CREA. Local real estate Boards or Associations operate a local database under a licensing agreement with the national association. CREA also operates the REALTOR.ca (previously MLS.ca and ICX.ca) web site.

"Property owners who do not want to fully engage the services of a REALTOR, can hire one to only list their property on the MLS system.

"In these instances, the property owner is responsible for ensuring the listing information is accurate and agrees to handle all other details of the transaction directly. The seller may have to pay a commission to the buyer's real estate agent, if the buyer uses one. Approximately 90% of real estate transactions in Canada in 2009 were conducted via the MLS."

The act of listing a property privately on the MLS® is often referred to as a "Mere Posting Service", which is the service For Sale By Owner Inc. provides to hundreds of sellers throughout Canada each month.

We hope that the above explanation helps you to better understand what a real estate board is, and how it pertains to the act of selling a home privately on the MLS®.

Please Note: If you are comparing our service to those of many of our competitors, make sure that they are also loading your listing to the actual local real estate board in your area - so you are comparing apples to apples. :)

Please contact us if you have any questions about our selling system.