Top 10 Blogs in 2016

OREA Real Estate College posted 50 blogs in 2016, which garnered a total of more than 13,000 page views. Of course, some blogs were more popular than others. In descending order, the top 10 College blogs of 2016 were: 10.   Consider Real Estate – Real estate is a dynamic profession. This blog explored three … Continued

10 Reasons Why You Should Work With a REALTOR®

What better way to start the new year than with a top 10 list? Following are 10 reasons why house hunting (buying and/or selling) is better with a REALTOR®: Realtors are experts in the field, having completed an extensive course of study. Realtors are governed by the Real Estate Council of Ontario, and must adhere to … Continued

Home Staging 101

It’s officially winter. So, what better time than to focus inward, to preparing a home to make it presentable and ready for showing. In its simplest form, home staging means making a home presentable for presentation. Please note, the tips that follow are not intended to replace the services of a professional home stager. Tip … Continued

Featured Alumnus: Josey Vogels

A cottage in Paudash Lake, purchased in 2005, spurred Josey Vogels and her husband, Daniel, to trade in their urban lifestyle in Toronto for a simpler life in the country three years later. At that time, Josey was a freelance writer and relationship advice columnist; her husband was a freelance photographer. The couple’s original plan … Continued

Say hello to Sarah Higgins

  One piece of advice Sarah Higgins imparts to her students is the same piece of advice she received when she started as a salesperson nearly 14 years ago. “This older REALTOR® in my office came up to me and said, ‘Sarah, bank your first cheque’, and he was right because you don’t know when … Continued

And the answers are…

Do you know how to calculate the cubic feet of a structure? Do you need help calculating the following: If a buyer is facing $967.80 per month for principal and interest payments on her mortgage and also pays $458.35 per month on a demand loan, what is the minimum amount of annual income she must … Continued

Customer Service Unplugged

Customer service, how should it be done? That’s a cinch. Some people, however, would argue otherwise, contending it would be much easier to debunk the Big Bang Theory or define how the universe was created out of ‘nothingness’. Well, let’s leave such hyperboles to sitcom writers and renowned theoretical physicist and author Lawrence Krauss, respectively. … Continued

Featured Alumnus: Linda Brauner

REALTOR® Linda Brauner remembers when a real estate offer was contained on one legal-sized (double-sided) page, and salespeople wrote clauses in the allotted half-page on the front.  Today, the forms come in a series (eight series that focus on residential, commercial, buyer, seller, etc.), range from two to six pages long, have been translated into … Continued

Focus is the Key

Multitasking – engaging in multiple tasks simultaneously or sequentially (i.e., shifting from one task to another in rapid succession) – is costly and a waste of time. And, there are studies to prove it. Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London studied 1,100 workers at a British company, who found that … Continued

The Long and the Short of It

Such is our crazy busy life that even our short messages are viewed as too long. We are immersed in a world of communication laced with abbreviations and emoticons. While ‘U r ok’ messaging is the new graffiti, let’s not delude ourselves that it replaces poetry or that instant messaging is the toll bell of … Continued