Become the Neighbourhood Expert

This guest blog contribution comes from Lauren Catlin. Lauren is a Realtor® with Royal LePage State Realty, Brokerage in Hamilton, ON   As a new salesperson, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all there is to learn. Real estate is more than just buying and selling houses. Our clients will also look to us to … Continued

Do we really make a difference?

I was in a beautiful, small Ontario town attending a well organized, volunteer-based community event. One of our members, who had received some of our volunteer leadership development training, was on the Board of Directors of the local Chamber of Commerce. That member was no longer a volunteer on the local real estate board but … Continued

The benefits of volunteering in real estate

by Jane Hurst Serving as president of my real estate board for a year brought me many personal and professional benefits. The experience was a highly positive one, and many of the benefits were unexpected. Although I am outgoing by nature, this position enabled me to develop greater confidence and an enhanced ability to network. … Continued

Successful Motorcycle Ride for Charity

This year’s REALTORS Care Foundation Motorcycle Ride for Charity was a tremendous success. Our riders had fantastic weather as they rode from Toronto to Ottawa and made many stops along the way. Some of this year’s first time riders in this fundraising event were totally amazed by the outpouring of support and the warm welcomes … Continued

Ontario Home Starts Move Higher in February

Ontario preliminary Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) of home starts across urban centres grew for a third consecutive month in February. An estimated 62,600 residential housing units broke ground, up from 48,400 units in January. While multi-family home construction, which includes semi-detached, townhome and apartment units, was the largest contributor to the February strength, single … Continued

More Stability in Ontario Housing Markets

Ontario housing activity has stabilized in recent months and housing demand will show a modest recovery through the latter part of 2011 and into 2012, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). Highlights of the Ontario forecast include: • Ontario economy lags activity in rest of Canada during 2011/12 after leading in 2010. … Continued