Featured Alumnus: Rita Fung

As a child, Rita Fung loved to assemble toy model homes because she found seeing something put together from start to finish a rewarding experience. Today, the Ottawa broker for RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group helps people find real homes. Real estate is Rita’s third career. To learn more about Rita and how she assisted a … Continued

Learning Tools to Help You Succeed

We can all use a little help at times. OREA Real Estate College offers learning tools that will help you gain a better understanding of course content, prepare you to write exams, transition to the real world of real estate trading, and keep current with College news and events from any location. Gain a better … Continued

Blended Learning: Just the Facts

Nearly two years have passed since OREA Real Estate College unveiled its new active learning methodology, which became known as blended learning. Much has been accomplished since the first pilot launch in November 2014. Here are the facts: Fact 1: Blended learning is active learning Blended learning comes in many forms. But, regardless of the … Continued

Featured Alumnus: Cindy Williamson

Sometimes, a person chooses a profession. At other times, a profession chooses the person, which is what happened with Cindy Williamson, a salesperson with RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc., in St. Catharines. Cindy started working for a brokerage part-time as a business development manager. Several years later, she decided she would rather be “out in … Continued

Communication Skills: How do you fare?

The subheading of the introduction of Dianna Booher’s book, Communicate with Confidence!, is “Communication is a life-or-death matter.” The second sentence is “that’s not an overstatement.” No two sentences can be more apropos in a profession such as real estate.  Communication skills in real estate means establishing a rapport with clients and gaining their trust … Continued

Featured Alumnus: Vignes Sinnadurai

Flexibility is often the reason given by salespeople about why they chose a career in real estate. Indeed, flexibility is why Vignes Sinnadurai chose real estate, who used to work in the field of information technology. The salesperson with Homelife Top Star Realty Inc., Markham, says real estate has enabled him to balance family and … Continued

How to market your services to FSBOs

The good news is – homeowners want to sell their homes. The bad news is – homeowners don’t want to hire a REALTOR®, for whatever reason, to sell their homes. While it is the homeowners’ prerogative to sell their own homes (and plenty of information exists on how to do so), Realtors should not be … Continued

Look Who’s Talking

Number of users (as at June 21, 2016) – 32,079 Number of discussion threads – 75,293 Number of posts – 94,763   In the last 48 hours: Number of new users – 15 Number of new discussion threads – five Number of new posts – 22   Yes, the statistics for the online discussion forums … Continued

Featured Alumnus: Shane Silva

Blackburn Hamlet, a suburban in Ottawa’s east end, had 2,481 homes in 2005, a fact that Shane Silva can attest to personally because he and his wife and children hand-delivered flyers to each of those homes for about one year. Today, Shane Silva is the owner and broker of record of HomeLife Capital Realty Inc., … Continued

Glitches on Title Searches

Consider a title search on a property as a background check – records in the public land registration office are inspected to determine the current state of title to the property and ensure no encumbrances exist that may prevent buyers from taking full possession of the property. What is title searching? In a nutshell, then, … Continued