Cut volunteers a bit of slack

For 32 years I have been amazed at the contributions that REALTORS® make as volunteer leaders at their local, provincial and national associations. I don’t know of any other profession that earns its income by commission and gives up as much time as Realtors do, not only to their own trade association but to many … Continued

Top 5 Social-Media Silly Slips and Snafus

Social media has changed the way Realtors do business. Gone are the days of exchanging business cards with a Realtor at a conference and filing the card away for the day you have a referral, and equally gone are the days of handing out business cards at a trade show in the hopes that sellers … Continued

CPP enhancement instead of ORPP means savings for REALTORS®

Thanks in part to lobbying from business groups including OREA, this week, the provincial government pulled the plug on the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) in favor an expanded Canadian Pension Plan (CPP). The change came after a meeting between provincial finance ministers and the federal government earlier this week. For OREA members, this change … Continued

Consumers and Industry Professionals Help Realtors Enhance their Business

  The Emerge Conference is back with an information-packed, results-focused agenda. This year Emerge is stopping in Kingston, Oakville, Barrie, Windsor and Niagara first stop will be Sault Ste Marie on September 22, 2016 The theme of this year’s conference is “Unlock your Business Potential with a Customer-Centric Strategy”. Emerge 2016 will help REALTORS® understand … Continued

A Volunteer Speaks Out About Recruitment

  I was speaking to an experienced REALTOR® who had been a volunteer on his board for many years. We were talking about the difficulty of recruiting new volunteers, so I asked for his opinion and this was his advice:   Don’t lie. When you’re asking someone who is a commissioned sales person to give … Continued

Support the motorcycle ride for charity

Motorcycle season is upon us, and that means the Ontario REALTORS CARE® Foundation is gearing up for a good cause. The Motorcycle Ride for Charity, organized by the Foundation, will take place on Wednesday, July 6 to raise money for homeless shelters and charities across the province. This year marks the 11th annual ride. The … Continued

The Power of Case Studies

Everyone loves a good story. Infusing case studies with storytelling, not just factual issues, provides students with opportunities to solve problems applying creative and critical thinking skills. We never want to dictate understandings. We want students, different as they may be, to understand meaning, draw inferences, and interpret information to discover universal experiences and truths. … Continued

Premier Wynne Announces Cabinet Shuffle

Yesterday, Premier Wynne unveiled her new 30-member cabinet at Queen’s Park. Although many ministers remain in their previous positions, the cabinet shuffle is highlighted by new ministers and ministries. Notably for real estate in Ontario, Ottawa-Orleans MPP Marie-France Lalonde was appointed Minister of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS). OREA works closely with MGCS since it … Continued