Surrey (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) kicked off a yearlong celebration commemorating 100 years of supporting its members in their mission to guide, advise and protect homebuyers and sellers.

Founded first as the New Westminster Real Agents Association, with only 13 members, the FVREB now represents more than 4,100 professional REALTORS® serving one of the fastest growing regions in BC, encompassing North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Mission, and Abbotsford.

“On this day, back in 1921, we saw the humble beginnings of what would eventually become the fifth largest real estate board in Canada,” said Larry Anderson, President of the FVREB. “This is a monumental occasion for our Realtor and Broker members, our staff, and numerous industry and community stakeholders all of whom we owe a deep debt of gratitude for their support in helping us achieve this significant milestone.”

The FVREB has been a relentless pioneer, innovator, and disruptor locally, provincially, and nationally, on behalf of its growing membership in the Fraser Valley. In 1999, FVREB was instrumental in introducing and developing WEBForms®, an online database for real estate forms and transaction management. WEBForms® revolutionized client service and was eventually adopted as a national standard by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

“There aren’t many member-focused organizations that can celebrate a centennial of service,” said Baldev Gill, FVREB CEO. “It is a huge honour to mark this anniversary alongside our current members and staff while at the same time, recognizing the incredible contribution of the thousands of members and staff who built us.”

As part of its yearlong celebrations, FVREB has a series of events and activities focused on raising awareness of the critical role Realtors have and will continue to play in building strong, vibrant, sought-after communities.

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