The Calgary Real Estate Board – creb®

The Calgary Real Estate Board, who’s acronym is CREB® is  located at 300 Manning Road NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8K4 since 2001 and is a cooperative of approximately 5300 members at time of this writing.  You can see it on the east side of Deerfoot Trail between 16th & 32nd Avenues NE.    The Calgary Real Estate Board was founded in the latter part of the 1920’s but did not establish itself permanently until 1943.   The Calgary Real Estate Board is instrumental in providing services to it’s members, and in addition to develop leadership and industry direction.

Only members of the Canadian Real Estate Association – CREA may call themselves REALTORS®.  To become a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association, you must firstly become a member of the local real estate board.  In Calgary it is the Calgary Real Estate Board.

Calgary Real Estate Board To become licensed as a real estate associate in Alberta, the first time candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Achieved a minimum of a Canadian high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Successfully completed licensing education: the Real Estate Associates Program (REAP)
  • Successfully completed the provincial qualifying exam
  • Sponsorship of a licensed real estate brokerage and eligible member of the Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB)
  • Clear & certified criminal record check

For more information about what life as a real estate agent might look like, and specifically becoming a REALTOR®, please visit this link – Becoming a Realtor.

Candace Collins - Receptionist at the Calgary Real Estate Board

Candace Collins – Receptionist

What would a board be without a full complement of support staff?  There are a number of front-line full time employees who help to keep things running smoothly in this very busy place.

The Calgary Real Estate Board building has many departments located on three floors accessible by elevator, and in the basement is the mailroom and computer lab. The other floors house all the departments which make the organization function.   On the main floor, there is Reception, Member Services, Professional Standards, Calgary Real Estate News (CREN), Cashier, and the Charitable Foundation, and cafeteria, along with a number of offices and board rooms utilized by the many committees.

Calgary Real Estate Board REALTOR® store Support Staff

REALTOR® Store Support Staff (Left to Right)
Sharon Hawkes, Jenna Bodin, Kate Schwarz & Sam Randhawa (Manager)

There is almost always courses in progress up at the Calgary Real Estate Board. So much so, that even in this new building, they are bursting at the seams and have purchased the building directly east of them to allow additional parking when the lot is full, and for future expansion.   When I first became licensed as a Real Estate Agent in April of 2000, The Calgary Real Estate Board was located downtown, on 5th Avenue SW between 7th and 8th Streets.   There was very little room to park there, so I’m delighted it’s moved to a more favorable location.

Calgary Real Estate Board Cafeteria

Calgary Real Estate Board Cafeteria Staff provides great food!
Russell & Moe

DEPARTMENTS AND COMMITTEES

Board Development Committee – Consists of seven members; the immediate past President, three Past Presidents and three members at large.  The role of this committee is to review applications to ensure thy meet established criteria, and to encourage members to apply for positions on the Board of Directors.  They also interview and inform the candidates of their respective responsibilities and commitment required to be a Director of the Board.

Board of Directors – The Board of Directors are elected by the members to ensure that the Calgary Real Estate Board’s mission and objectives are adhered to and achieved.

COMMITTEES

Commercial Committee – Consists of ten active commercial members, elected for a term of two years and a Director Representative appointed by the Board of Directors

Condominium Committee – Consists of no more that six active members of the Calgary Real Estate Board, with a minimum of two years experience in condominium real estate.  Committee members are appointed in collaboration with the Staff Liaison(s) from Member Services.

Convention Committee – Organizes an annual CREB® convention which promotes goodwill and camaraderie amongst fellow REALTORS®

Education Committee – Recommends education related policies to the Board

Executive Committee – Provides strategic and financial direction to the Board of Directors

Governmental Affairs Committee – Government Liaison

Calgary Real Estate Board Cathedral Ceiling & Artists Sculputure

View from the 3rd floor looking down onto the Calgary Real Estate Board cafeteria