About Us

About Us

BCS Real Estate is Western Canada’s leading independent commercial real estate appraisal company. Our reputation for excellence in product quality, professionalism and service to clientele is unmatched.

BCS Real Estate was founded in 1978 and is one of the largest ICI appraisal companies in British Columbia. Founder Geoff Burgess is Partner Emeritus, and remains active in the arbitration field. The company is managed by Senior Partners Sandra Cawley, who heads the appraisal and consulting divisions, and Paul Sullivan, heading the property tax division. More recently, the company added six senior appraisers as principals. These include Lonnie Neufeld, Ryan Wong, Brian Keenan, Ryan Tung, Brady Fleguel and Stefan Lozinsky. More information on our principals is found in the biography section of the website.

BCS Real Estate is a full service real-estate advisory company. We have three areas of focus: commercial real estate appraisal, property tax management & planning, and real estate consulting. We are dedicated to helping our clients capitalize on opportunities and optimize returns on their real estate investments. Using a comprehensive and proprietary data base, our experienced team of specialists provides AACI accredited appraisals in diverse and unique properties. Examples include:

  • Proposed developments
  • Office Buildings
  • Business Parks
  • Apartments
  • Residential Subdivisions
  • Master Plan Communities
  • Mixed Use Projects
  • Industrial Buildings
  • Shopping Centres
  • Hotels
  • Multi-Phased Land

We offer a complete array of real estate related services including:

  • ICI Appraisals
  • Development Advisory Services
  • Community Amenity Change
  • Due Diligence
  • Expropriations
  • Litigation
  • Land Apportionment Splits
  • Property Tax Appeals
  • Pre-Role Tax Consulting
  • Rent Renewal
  • Arbitration
  • Highest and Best Use Market Studies
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Insurance Evaluations

BCS Real Estate promotes and supports new graduates in this industry. Many of our appraisers enter our in-house training programme which provides comprehensive exposure to all aspects of commercial real estate. We work with our new hires as they achieve their ACCI accreditation. In addition to our in house programs, we encourage continuing education to all of our team.

The individuals within our team maintain professional affiliations, and are active involved with a number of real estate related organizations including:

  • Appraisal Institute of Canada (AACI)
  • The Real Estate Institute of British Columbia (RI)
  • The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
  • The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
  • The Canadian Property Tax Payers Association (CPTA)
  • Urban Development Institute (UDI)
  • Canadian Property Tax Association (CPTA)
  • Fair Tax Coalition
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • BC Apartment Owners and Managers
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)

The BCS Real Estate team has a wide range of specialised expertise. With extensive market experience and knowledge of the market we are well positioned to assist clients both in making the business and real estate decisions.

Contact Us
Main: 604.689.1233
Email: info@bcsre.ca
"Our firm always relies upon BCS Real Estate to provide thorough and accurate appraisal reports"
- private investor

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