The Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) is a regulatory agency of the B.C. government that protects consumers who are buying, selling or renting a home.
Individuals and brokerages providing real estate trading or management services must be licensed with RECBC (unless otherwise exempted). OSRE protects consumers from unlicensed real estate services activity under the Real Estate Services Act.
Unlicensed and non-exempt real estate services in B.C. are prohibited under the Real Estate Services Act. Unlicensed providers may charge opportunistic fees and commissions, and expose consumers to other potential misconduct.In order to protect consumers, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) investigates and takes enforcement action against companies and individuals that provide real estate services without appropriate licences or exemptions in B.C.
Although homeowners are allowed to sell their own properties without a licence, the use of online advertising services may lead to offers of unlicensed services. Suspected unlicensed real estate services can be reported to OSRE.