Bill 166, Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017 – Q&A

Yesterday, Bill 166, Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2017, passed third reading and received Royal Assent. To help Ontario’s REALTORS® better understand the legislation, OREA has drafted some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have any other questions about the REBBA Review and the next steps, please contact the Government Relations team at REBBAReform@orea.com. … Continued

Why Realtors® should Network?

Today’s blog contribution was written by Vishal Kapoor.  Vishal is a Real Estate Sales Representative in Oakville, ON.   Ask any Realtor® where they get most of their business from and the most common answer will be “Most of my business comes by referral”. And where do referrals come from? Referrals come from people they know and people who … Continued

New Rent Control Rules REALTORS® Need to Know

In April 2017, the Government of Ontario announced Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan, comprised of 16 new housing measures. As part of the Housing Plan, many of the measures focused on the rental-housing market and introduced Bill 124, the Rental Fairness Act, 2017. Ontario recently announced new rules pertaining to evictions. Effective, September 1st, 2017, when … Continued

OREA ADDS NEW POLICY EXPERTISE

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) today announced that Larissa Smit has joined OREA’s growing Government Relations team. “OREA is looking to strengthen our REALTOR® voice at Queen’s Park by enhancing the Association’s real estate and housing research capabilities. Larissa’s wealth of knowledge and experience will help OREA promote the Canadian dream of home ownership,” … Continued

How to SUPER-charge your buyers’ offer

Today’s blog contribution was written by Ayn MacDonald, ABR®, SRES®. Ayn is a Real Estate Salesperson in Ottawa.   In a sellers market, working hard for buyer clients has become instrumental in the success of your offer (over the competitors). There are many OTHER ways to ‘super-charge’ your buyers’ offer without increasing the purchase price. I’ve been … Continued

Why REALTORS® should Network?

Ask any Realtor where they get most of their business from and the most common answer will be “from referrals”. So, where do referrals comes from? Referrals come from people you know and people who know you. Friends and family Past clients Referral-based business alliances How do you get to know people other than your … Continued

Business Savvy Branding Prerequisites – Courtesy of OREA Emerge

In a competitive marketplace, your personal brand is one of your most valuable assets. There can be a lot more to branding than meets the eye. From technology, to systems, to strategy, your personal brand is a lot more than simply your franchise or your logo. OREA’s 2016 Emerge Conference featured a series of presentations … Continued

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