Founded in 1921 as the "New Westminster Real Agents’ Association", the FVREB took on its current name in 1979 after multiple name and boundary changes through the years.
SURREY, BC – Although the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) was first established on the north side of the Fraser River and underwent five name changes during its rich 90-year history, its mission to serve local REALTORS® and the public has remained constant.
On October 19, 1921, “13 men engaged with realty business” resolved “that an association be formed known as the New Westminster Real Agents’ Association,” to establish standards of business practice and to elevate the industry in the eyes of the public.
Today, the FVREB – among BC’s largest and respected professional organizations – is made up of over 2,900 REALTORS® who live and work in North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford and Mission and specialize in residential or commercial real estate, strata, land development and real estate investment.
Upon receiving his real estate licence, Sukh Sidhu joined the Board in 1983 and is currently serving as its 58th president. “It’s quite humbling to look back and see just how far our Board and profession have evolved, but at the same time recognize that our goal as REALTORS® to give our clients the best possible service no matter what challenges we face has remained the same for almost a century.
“From the creation of our cooperative Multiple Listing Service® to the establishment of our national Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice, REALTORS® have consistently adapted because our clients rely on us as professionals to guide them through one of the most important business transactions they’ll ever make.”
John Woodward, now retired and living on Salt Spring Island, first joined the Board in 1952 and served as president in 1969. He not only remembers FVREB’s first MLS® system, his brokerage was the first in the Fraser Valley to introduce the MLS® tour in 1960. “We would meet at the old Dell Hotel in Whalley at 9 am every Tuesday and then together go look at all the new listings on behalf of our clients.
“The MLS® was the most important and influential development in our industry. It continues to be the perfect example of professionals cooperating for the betterment of the public.”
Members of the FVREB are also members of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). The term REALTOR® is a CREA trademark that symbolizes the high standards of service, professionalism and co-operation that its members adhere to when working on behalf of their clients.
The above photo, from FVREB’s archives, is from August, 1966. Staff surrounds the Multiple Listing Service® printer, which copied listing sheets daily for delivery to Fraser Valley brokerages.