OREA ESA Message by President Ettore Cardarelli

  Dear Member,  For over sixty years, OREA, and the OREA Real Estate College have been the provider of real estate education in Ontario.  In March of 2016, RECO issued an RFP for the selection of an organization to deliver its new Registration Education Program. However, following an extensive RFP process, RECO has informed us … Continued

Portrait of an Effective Teacher

I’m just not into James Joyce.  I never managed to read A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I’m told it’s an awakening and rebellion against religious conventions—not the stuff of dramatic import that I would find intriguing. One basic Joyce theme does ring true, the notion that an epiphany can dramatically alter … Continued

A Teacher’s Lullaby

Teaching puts me to sleep. Yes, it’s true. After 40 years on the education scene, I still find, beyond everything that is professionally reasonable, teaching sessions at workshops, conferences, and academia that are more potent than the strongest off-the-counter sleeping pill. One more yawn and my jawbones will veer off in separate directions. In elementary … Continued

Changes to pre-registration education

Important changes are coming to pre-registration education that will boost the knowledge of new entrants to the profession. The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) is making these changes with support from the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), the current education provider. Beginning April 1, 2016, aspiring registrants will have to complete five courses before … Continued

Featured Alumnus: Jodie McNabb

    Being patient and sensitive to other people’s needs and situations are important traits for real estate professionals. These traits are what garnered Jodie McNabb a new moniker from one of her clients. We invite you to join the College Alumni Program and read Jodie’s profile to discover the what and the why of … Continued

Unregistered Persons: DOs and DON’Ts

Whether you refer to them as unregistered persons (Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002) or unregistered assistants (in real estate practice), individuals not registered with RECO as either brokers or salespeople are limited in the scope of activities permitted and must not perform any task that generally falls under the definition of a trade. … Continued

Career Night Retrospective

It’s been nearly six years since OREA Real Estate College began hosting its successful career nights, free fact-filled events that provide prospective students with information on how to become real estate professionals. Only one career night, in Don Mills, was held that first year in 2010. Since then, the College has hosted 42 career nights … Continued

Uncommon Common Sense

“Yesterday I died.” It’s a common feeling among students subjected to communication and teaching styles based on ‘common sense’. “First tell them what you’re going to say. Then, tell them. In the end, tell them what you said, again.” This is sheer nonsense. I doubt this recommended, repetitive rubbish was ever true. It continues to … Continued

College wins REEA award

The Real Estate Educators Association (REEA) has awarded the 2015 Education Program of the Year Award to OREA Real Estate College for its blended learning curriculum of Real Estate as a Professional Career, the first course in the registration education program. This award recognizes the educational program deemed the most successful effort of the year. … Continued

You Ought to be Blogging

The real estate profession shows no signs of waning in spite of the explosion of the Internet. However, constantly changing technology does impose new demands on those practitioners who value professionalism, survival, and making money. Technology, like real estate, is all about people. To blog is to connect genuinely with people in our digital era. … Continued