When life gives you lemons, how do you make lemonade?

We’ve all heard the saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.  But in a busy profession like real estate, especially in today’s red hot market, REALTORS® don’t have time for the “lemons” of life. So what do you do if you are served a lemon? Maybe this “lemon” was a sign that you need … Continued

What YPN means to me

In 2011, President Barb Sukkau invited me to become the first chair of the OREA Young Professionals Network. At that point, I had never heard of it. I didn’t know what it was or what I was supposed to do. Who would be part of this network and how would we get people enrolled? There … Continued

Are you fit for a team?

I recently travelled to the National Association of REALTORS® conference in New Orleans where I soaked up a ton of information to help me in my business. But my favourite session of the conference was all about teams. Not just about how a team should be structured but how to determine if someone is “fit” … Continued

You learn something new everyday

The old saying “you learn something new every day” seems to ring true in our line of work.  Real Estate is an ever changing industry and every day we are faced with new challenges and new information. This past week I experienced a “new” issue; an issue with plumbing.  I always thought lead or galvanized … Continued

Taking your inbox to ZERO!

While attending reBARCampTO this past April, Jimmy Mackin helped me realize that I was an email hoarder.  Now, a month later, I am happy to report that the information I learned from Jimmy has been put to good use…and my inbox is at ZERO! It wasn’t a simple task getting rid of all those emails, (when I … Continued

Introducing 2013 YPN Chair Anna Vozza

2012 was an amazing year and kick off of the OREA Young Professionals Network.  We grew quickly and currently have over 1000 members on our Facebook Page. All of our events across the province were a huge success and well attended.  None of these events could have happened without the volunteers that took time to … Continued

How to Cultivate and Build Relationship on Social Media

The Inman Agent Reboot in January allowed me the opportunity to finally see Katie Lance (@katielance), CEO & Owner of Katie Lance Consulting, in person!  I had read Katie’s blogs and followed her on twitter so I was excited to hear her speak about relationship building on social media. I use social media myself for … Continued

Taking Your Website from Static to Stand Out

At Agent Reboot in New York City this past January, I had the opportunity to see Nicole Nicolay (@nik_nik), founder and CCO of Agent Evolution talk about how to take your website from the same old static site to a site that stands out from the rest and helps you generate more leads. After reviewing … Continued

OREA YPN Is For You!

On April 16th and May 8th the OREA Young Professionals Network held the first two of their 6 area events across Ontario by hosting round table discussions and a networking event in both Hamilton and Orillia.   Topics covered at the events included Working by Referral, social media strategies for REALTORS®, your voice at Queen’s … Continued

Another Successful YPN Meeting

WOW!  Another successful meeting of the OREA Young Professionals Network Committee.  What a GREAT group of dedicated volunteers! New Committee Members I’d like to welcome two new members of the committee who come to us from the OREA Board of Directors.  Welcome to Past-President Barb Sukkau and Western Ontario Provincial Director Anna Vozza.  We are … Continued