The offices of the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association (KADREA) have been renovated, but the re-opened space offers more than simply a fresh coat of paint.
What is now called the KADREA Hub opened its doors in the past few weeks.
“It’s more than a physical building, but what we’re celebrating is the physical space,” said KADREA president Wendy Runge.
The KADREA Hub is a central location for relevant information about all things real estate and a central place for KADREA members and others to access technology for training and professionalism.
The organization began work on the plan less than a year before completion, with a goal of updating offices that had not been renovated in 20 years.
“We wanted to start dreaming a little bit bigger about how we could be a central influence to not only our membership, but also our community,” Runge said.
With improved access to technology, KADREA members and staff will now be able to participate in training and classes on site, rather than being forced to rent space elsewhere, which had previous been the case.
“This gives us the opportunity to have all our required information in house,” Runge said.
Beyond KADREA’s membership, the space is available for other groups, including the City of Kamloops, Venture Kamloops, Thompson Rivers University, and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.
“Those are our stakeholders,” Runge said. “People who have an interest in real estate in general, who we like to partner with to promote the Realtor brand.”
The renovations had little disruption on the KADREA offices, though staff did have to vacate for six weeks.
The KADREA Hub is located downtown at 101-418 St. Paul St.