Welcome to the Designated Agency Website! This website has been created to help British Columbia REALTORS® better understand Designated Agency and assist with questions they may have on practical matters associated with the change.
Designated Agency became the industry standard in British Columbia on June 1, 2012. Why? Since the introduction of Limited Dual Agency, REALTORS® in the same brokerage have acted as if they were the sole agent for the seller or buyer rather than the limited dual agent of both. While inconsistent with limited dual agency, the practice was widely accepted by both the profession and the public...leading to an industry decision to align BCREA standard forms with actual practice. The essence of the resulting system of "designated agency" is that the brokerage has contractual duties to the buyer or seller who has engaged it and agency duties are provided by the REALTOR® appointed by the brokerage as the "Designated Agent" for that client.