The two categories of behavior for C. pallida males are patrolling and hovering. These strategies are also used to find mates. In one category (the patrollers), male bees will patrol 3–6 centimeters above the ground in search of sites where buried virgin females will emerge. When a male bee finds such a site, he will dig 1–2 centimeters through the soil by gnawing at the surface with his jaws and using his forelegs to remove dirt from the excavation. If a female is found, he will attempt to mate with her either on the surface or at a nearby flower or tree. Other patrollers will sometimes attempt to steal a digging spot that another bee has found. If a bee has already found a female, another patroller bee may separate the male from the female so that it can copulate with the virgin. More often than not, the female (once found) will mate with either the male that found her or with an intruder.
The process of integrating the province’s various Centris databases began approximately five years ago and was completed in June 2008. All transactions concluded through a real estate broker who is a member of a real estate board are added to the new provincial database. The Québec Federation of Real Estate Boards (QFREB) uses this database to publish press releases and other publications on market conditions, including the Centris Barometer – Residential Market, which provides an overview of key performance indicators associated with the resale market (i.e., sales, new listings, median prices, number of days on the market, etc.). These indicators are calculated according to consistent, stringent rules so that statistics can be comparable across geographic areas.
Real estate brokers are subject to the Real Estate Brokerage Act and must comply with various measures to ensure your protection: they must meet the requirements of the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ), contribute to the Real Estate Indemnity Fund and hold professional liability insurance. They are responsible for the real estate transaction.