Recap: Why Hire a REALTOR®

The reasons for hiring a REALTOR® to purchase or sell a property are manifold. In September 2011, this blog presented 35 typical actions and research steps (an abridged list) for a successful residential real estate transaction. These actions are intended to highlight two points: buying and selling a property is complex and time-consuming. Let’s revisit … Continued

Top 10 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®

  Selling your own home is not brain surgery, according to some, who advocate eschewing the services of a REALTOR® to save on paying the commission. Of course selling your own home is not brain surgery, but it is complex and time-consuming. Hire a REALTOR® and secure the following advantages: 1.  REALTORS® can determine what … Continued

Not Business As Usual – Essential Services Message to OREA Members

Dear OREA Member, COVID-19 is the fastest moving, most dramatic issue I have seen in my lifetime. That means that governments make quick decisions, and all the implications are not immediately clear. As you know, the Ontario Government ordered most workplaces to close-down effective Tuesday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. This measure is to prevent … Continued

OREA TO RECO: Continuing Education Program a Major Step Backwards

“An Open Letter from OREA President Ray Ferris and CEO Tim Hudak to Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) concerning the quality and standards of the Continuing Education (CE) Program.”   February 17, 2017 Mike Cusano, Chair Kate Murray, CEO Real Estate Council of Ontario West Tower, 3300 Bloor St W #1200, Etobicoke, ON M8X … Continued

Open Letter to Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti

   February 13, 2017 Mayor Frank Scarpitti City of Markham 101 Town Centre Boulevard Markham, Ontario L3R 9W3 Dear Mayor Scarpitti, On behalf of the Members of the Toronto Real Estate Board, from across the GTA, and the Members of the Ontario Real Estate Association, we are writing with regard to Motion 1, included on … Continued

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

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

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

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