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

Get Yourself a Mentor

Plop! You’ve graduated and landed, hitting the ground running. Poof! You’re registered and now you’re a real estate professional. Not so fast my dear rabbit. In this instance, you are better off trotting with the turtles. You cannot disregard that schooling is to knowledge what mentoring is to mastery of skills. Succeeding in academia is … Continued

From Registration to REALTOR®

Stephanie Killeleagh chose to become a REALTOR® because she could not imagine a career that did not involve interaction with people. She also did not want a career that involved “getting stuck behind a desk.” “I don’t think there’s any other career for me,” says the OREA Real Estate College graduate. “I’m seeing homes, I’m … Continued

How not to take awful listing photos

One of my pet peeves is seeing really bad (and I mean really bad) listing photos. You know which ones I’m talking about, we’ve all see them.  With the agent’s face in the bathroom mirror. Or the shot that was oh so clearly taken from inside the agent’s car. In fact some of these photos … Continued

Virtual Meetings: Taking the Plunge

Many organizations are now holding some of their meetings with attendees joining in remotely, using conference services and web meeting software. These virtual meetings save time and travel costs. They can be an environment-friendly alternative to face time. And they reduce the number of commuters stuck in traffic.  Modern technology makes virtual meetings feasible, but … Continued

The Golden Rule of Learning

You get what you want by giving others what they want. This is a recurring theme in any course on behavioural psychology. It is a powerful message delivered differently by various authors and with dazzling humour by some talented presenters. Many advocates of influencing people positively present their material with an aura of scientific precision. … Continued

The Way Forward

It is constantly changing and uncertain. It feeds on correction and adjustment. What?  Social relationships? No. Well, perhaps but that is not what I am talking about. Real estate. Real estate is a minefield of tweaking and tuning. And, real estate professionals are shell-shocked participants who must wonder if constancy is a concept of self-ostracized … Continued

Get Students Involved

“You walk into the classroom, like you were walking onto a yacht. You’re so vain, you probably think this lesson is about you. You’re so vain, I’ll bet you think this lesson is about you. Don’t you? Don’t you?” Apologies to Carly Simon. Even with high-tech computer bells and whistles, a lecture is a lecture … Continued

The Cloudy Future of Real Estate Education

There are scores of pundits preaching about the biggest trends reshaping our institutions and society. We are being “Apple-ized” or “Android-ified.” Social networking is the place to be. Virtual realities are said to be supplanting bricks and mortar. Texts and tweets echo through the airways. Tablets. Wi-Fi. Mobile platforms. The list of technological innovations is … Continued

Out and About

… with the OREA Real Estate College As students slowly settle back into school, the OREA Real Estate College will be out and about, hosting career nights and attending different university fairs. Join us at one of our events listed below and discover the exciting world of the real estate profession. College representatives in attendance … Continued