OREA Real Estate College posted 50 blogs in 2016, which garnered a total of more than 13,000 page views. Of course, some blogs were more popular than others. In descending order, the top 10 College blogs of 2016 were:
10. Consider Real Estate – http://bit.ly/2cUkrfY
Real estate is a dynamic profession. This blog explored three reasons why people should consider a career in real estate.
9. Qualifying A Condo – http://bit.ly/2cUlX1E
How can REALTORS® help clients interested in buying a condo in a particular building/ complex? They discover everything they can about the property. This blog presented nine questions Realtors should ask.
8. Brokers of Record: The Buck Stops with Them – http://bit.ly/2dmVevt
All brokerages in Ontario must designate a broker of record, an individual who ensures that the brokerage and its employees (brokers, salespeople, other persons) comply with the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, and standards are maintained. This blog outlined the duties of a broker of record.
7. Featured Alumnus: Shalini Bahadur – http://bit.ly/21WOOCX
Shalini Bahadur, salesperson, is an independent contractor with Royal LePage Terrequity Realty Brokerage, Toronto. She is also a member of the OREA Real Estate College Alumni Program. This blog provided a sneak peek about Shalini and how she became a real estate salesperson.
6. How to market your services to FSBOs – http://bit.ly/29mY2po
Selling their own home is the homeowners’ prerogative but this does not mean Realtors should not prospect to FSBOs (‘For Sale by Owners’). This blog provided three factors Realtors should consider when prospecting to FSBOs.
5. Program Change Will Boost Student Knowledge – http://bit.ly/2d7t48E
Students who enrolled in the real estate education program on and after April 1, 2016, are required to complete five mandatory courses in the pre-registration segment instead of three. This blog described the revised program and outlined the reasoning behind the changes.
4. Unregistered Persons: Dos and Don’ts – http://bit.ly/2cUU6wu
Real estate is a regulated profession. This means that individuals not registered with RECO as either brokers or salespeople are not permitted to perform any task that falls under the definition of trade in the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002. This blog provided a list of activities unregistered assistants can perform (DOs) and cannot perform (DON’Ts).
3. Home Staging 101 – http://bit.ly/2iI6qp7
In a nutshell, home staging means making a home (or property) presentable for showing. This blog provided seven tips on making the home ready for showing.
2. Accessory Apartment: Is It Legal – http://bit.ly/2dcQ5Tr
An accessory apartment is a self-contained unit with kitchen and bathroom facilities within a house, rendering the house a two-unit residential property. This blog explored the benefits and challenges of accessory apartments, also known as second units.
1. Top 10 Reasons to Hire A REALTOR – http://bit.ly/2cOMnEg
Buying and selling a property is a time-consuming, complex, and sometimes emotional endeavour. This blog provided 10 reasons why buyers and sellers should hire a Realtor.
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