History of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver | www.rebgv.org

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) is one of Vancouver’s earliest professional associations. The Board has been in continuous operation since 1919 when 10 local real estate brokers formed the Vancouver Real Estate Exchange.

Although they were in direct competition, they realized their profession and young city would benefit by their willingness to cooperate. Despite many changes over the decades, that collaborative spirit continues to motivate us today.


1885 – Vancouver’s first mayor is a real estate agent.   Learn more »

1888 – The first Vancouver Real Estate Board is formed. Representatives from 25 companies created and sign a formal constitution and bylaws. This Board would collapse after almost three months and 24 meetings.

Early Real Estate Office1919 – Ten local real estate brokers become the first subscribers to the newly formed Vancouver Real Estate Exchange Ltd. By the end of the year, that number would jump to 30.   Learn more »

1920 – Prompted by the Real Estate Exchange, a Real Estate Agents’ Licensing Act is proclaimed by the Provincial Government. Two years later, the first real estate license law was established to set minimum standards of practice expected of those licensed under that act.

1927 – The Vancouver Exchange adopts a bonding process for consumer protection. All subsequent applications for agent licenses must be accompanied by a bond from a bonding company satisfactory to the department.

REBGV Office1948 – The Vancouver Real Estate Exchange Ltd. was renamed the Vancouver Real Estate Board.

1950 – The Cooperative Listing Bureau, later renamed the Multiple Listing Service®, is established by the Vancouver Real Estate Board.

1958 – The Real Estate Act is passed, culminating some seven years of effort, consideration and research by the Board’s elected members.

1964 – The Board introduces an IBM automated system to record major details of listing contracts, eliminating hand-recording of listings and allowing for new and different ways to prepare information for REALTORS®.

Inside the office1973 – Presidents from the Vancouver Board and the Westminster County Real Estate Board (now the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board) agreed to jurisdictional boundaries as they exist today, and a combined listing service used by members of both boards.

1977 – Real estate enters the computer age with the launch of our first computerized Multiple Listing Service®. It is the first of its kind in Canada. REALTORS® could now rely on computers to get market information to and from the public rather than wait for printed material to be delivered. These listings had more detail, accuracy, and readability and reduced production time. This technology was freely shared with more than 30 Canadian real estate boards and associations.

1996 - The website mls.ca is launched. It allowed the public to search and view properties for sale across Canada. The site was renamed www.realtor.ca in 2008.

1996 – The Board launches the website www.realtylink.org as an advertising vehicle for residential and commercial property listings.

1996 – The Board creates the first REALTORS Care® program, an umbrella under which our members initiate giving programs such as the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive, the REALTORS Care® Shelter Drive, the REALTORS Care® Blood Drive, and the REALTORS Care® Awards. The program is later adopted by other boards across the country and by the Canadian Real Estate Association.  Learn more »

1998 – The Board creates the member intranet site, realtorlink.ca, with founding partners: Fraser Valley, Calgary, Toronto and Victoria real estate boards, an the BC and Ontario real estate associations. The intranet site was created so that members had easy access to the professional information and tools they need. It proved so successful that, in 2001, the national member association (Canadian Real Estate Association) expands the site for use by all the real estate boards and associations across Canada.

2004 – The MLS® system, MLXchange, is implemented in partnership between the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Calgary, Edmonton and Chilliwack and District real estate boards.

2007 – The Board earns the National Quality Institute’s Canada Awards for Excellence – Gold Level.   Learn more »

2009   In its annual list of the Best Companies to Work for in BC, BC Business magazine ranks the Board as the top organisation to work for in the non-profit/professional association/public sector category and as the sixth-ranked company overall in the under 100 employees category.   Learn more »

2010 – The Board received the 2010-2012 Canada Awards for Excellence Order of Excellence-Quality, the highest award presented by Excellence Canada. The Governor General of Canada is the Vice-Regal Patron of the Canada Awards for Excellence, making this the most prestigious awards program in the country.   Learn more »

2013 – The Board has, for the third time, received the highest award presented by Excellence Canada.  Learn more »

2014 - It's been 20 years since the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive began with Realtor volunteers collecting and distributing blankets and clothes to the area's homeless and working poor.  Learn more »

2016 - The Board achieves gold certification from Excellence Canada's new Excellence, Innovation, and Wellness program. Learn more »