Seven tips to show your professionalism

  The following is the second instalment in a series of tips on showing professionalism. Here are seven ways to demonstrate your professionalism to real estate colleagues.   Never bad-mouth another salesperson. Although real estate is a competitive business, you should always speak respectfully about other REALTORS®. Always take the high road. If a seller you’ve … Continued

That’s a RAP: New government relations initiative

A new initiative has been launched that aims to enhance the advocacy efforts of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) so that the REALTOR® voice is heard loud and clear in government circles. The REALTOR® Advocacy Project, also known as RAP, will focus on government relations and is a strategy to implement and lead lobbying … Continued

Managing in the lean seasons

When your phone is not ringing and the real estate market seems as frozen as the snowdrift on your front lawn, don’t despair. Seasoned REALTORS® know that the lean times won’t last, as long as you take steps to manage your business and finances. Although winter is typically a slower period in real estate, that … Continued

Nine things to do in real estate’s slow season

  Winter is often a quiet period in real estate. Don’t waste this time. There are many ways to spend these hours wisely that will help you in your real estate career and save you some hassles during the busier times of the year.     Develop your annual action plan. Set business goals; specify … Continued

Call for candidates – OREA

Interested in running for a position on OREA’s 2017 Board of Directors? The following positions are up for election: four Provincial Directors (made up of one each from the Western, Eastern, Northern and Central Ontario Areas), and two Directors-at-Large. Submit your candidacy forms to OREA’s Chief Executive Officer, care of Lanjun Wang, CPA, CA, Partner, … Continued

Ed Barisa retires as CEO of OREA

After 16 years as Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association, Ed Barisa has announced his retirement. His last day will be Dec. 1. The REALTOR® EDGE newsletter spoke with him as he reflected on his years at the helm of OREA. Q: What have been some of your favorite things about working … Continued

The rise of heritage conservation districts

By Robert Hulley One has to wonder if members of the provincial government in 1975 predicted the huge success that would result from the legislation they passed to create Heritage Conservation Districts (HCD) in Ontario. Today there are 124 HCDs in existence, containing more than 22,300 properties — with six more districts pending designation. An HCD … Continued

Venues announced for fall technology series

Locations have now been confirmed for technology and business strategy events for real estate professionals this fall. You can keep up to date with emerging technology and market trends in real estate by coming to one or more events in a series offered across Ontario. The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) is reprising its popular … Continued