Throwback Thursday: Home Ownership Matters

Home Ownership Matters to people, to communities and to Ontario

It has been almost five years since OREA launched its very successful “Home Ownership Matters” campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to promote greater support for affordable home ownership to candidates, political parties and key decision makers.

Thanks to OREA’s public relations and adverting efforts, our message was picked up by major news outlets and more importantly, by key decision makers. Thanks to the “Home Ownership Matters” campaign, all major Ontario political parties included home ownership and housing friendly policies in their election platforms.

The message of affordable housing continues to resonate today and OREA continues to communicate this important message to government.

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Throwback Thursday: Home Ownership Matters

Happy National Volunteer Week

OREA’s volunteers play a significant role in the success of our association and industry through their dedication, expertise and leadership. Our MLTT campaign last year is a good example of how our 64,000 members and committed volunteers can mobilize and impact policy decisions in Ontario.

Across the province, volunteer leaders serving as PAC chairs and government relations committee members dedicate countless hours to building strong relationships with our communities and elected officials to contribute positively to our province.

On behalf of the GR team, we’d like to thank all our volunteers across Ontario.

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Happy National Volunteer Week

Featured Alumnus: Jen Alvarenga

Jen Alvarenga’s first foray into real estate occurred when she was attending Carleton University, in Ottawa, as an international student from Honduras. Instead of buying a car with the money her father had given her, she decided to buy a condo. It was 2005 and she hasn’t looked back since. And, along the way, she was fortunate to have several mentors who guided her career.

To learn a little bit more about Jen’s first purchase and her mentors, we invite you to join to the College Alumni Program. Jen is this month’s featured alumnus.

The alumni program has a dedicated, members-only website that includes features:

•  discussion boards; most recent discussion board is Share your top 3 open house tips

•  links to real-estate specific media

•  online members’ directory

•  free audio podcasts; most recent topics include—Being Responsible for Your Success, Choosing the ‘Right’ Brokerage, and How to Build a Successful Real Estate Team

•  factsheets on select topics (e.g., what to include in a listing presentation, successful negotiation tips, and top 10 reasons consumers should hire a REALTOR®)

The website also features networking events where members can reconnect with old classmates and instructors, and meet new colleagues. The next event is on May 18, 2016.

To join the Alumni Program, go to http://bit.ly/1IryRuO. Please note: you must be a graduate of OREA Real Estate College and a member of OREA to join.

 

 

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Featured Alumnus: Jen Alvarenga

Featured Alumnus: Jim Datlen

Jim Datlen has always been in the ‘service’ profession.

First, it was the restaurant industry when he was still in high school; then it was the hotel industry for nearly 25 years. Today, he’s a broker for Century 21 Millennium, Brampton, the only place he’s worked since becoming registered as a salesperson in 2007.

Although Jim had been thinking of a career change for a few years, something happened that prompted him to make the move. To discover what happened to Jim that spurred him to switch professions, we invite you to join the College Alumni Program and read Jim’s profile in the featured alumni section.

The alumni program has a dedicated, members-only website that includes features:

•  discussion boards; most recent discussion board is Share your top 3 open house tips

•  links to real-estate specific media

•  online members’ directory

•  free audio podcasts; most recent topics include—Being Responsible for Your Success, Choosing the ‘Right’ Brokerage, and How to Build a Successful Real Estate Team

•  factsheets on select topics (e.g., what to include in a listing presentation, successful negotiation tips, and top 10 reasons consumers should hire a REALTOR®)

The website also features networking events where members can reconnect with old classmates and instructors, and meet new colleagues. The next event is on May 18, 2016.

To join the Alumni Program, go to http://bit.ly/1IryRuO. Please note: you must be a graduate of OREA Real Estate College and a member of OREA to join.

 

 

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Featured Alumnus: Jim Datlen

Things to think about in the new year

I once read that there are 3 kinds of people;

1) Those that make things happen

2) Those that watch things happen

3) And…those that say “what just happened”

 Which one are you?

If you are a Realtor and want to choose one of those 3 options, maybe you should consider volunteering on your local board. But why? It’s going to take time, you have other priorities – family, friends, not to mention your business.

Please let me offer 3 good reasons;

1) You will learn what is really happening in the real estate business –trends, new techniques, technology apps, how to stay out of trouble

2) The board will pay for your volunteer leadership training which will also translate to better business practices, more referrals and more business

3) You will have the satisfaction that you made a difference in making your profession better – how often does that happen?

Take a look at the 3 kinds of people again….can you afford Not to volunteer?

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Things to think about in the new year

Miss Real Estate Manners – Part 4

This is the fourth installment of tips on courtesy in real estate, taken from guidelines produced by the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® (LSTAR). The following article in the REALTOR® EDGE newsletter is excerpted from the “Common sense” section of the guidelines with permission from LSTAR.

Real estate is a reputation business. What you do today may affect your reputation and business for years to come. Bear this in mind: in professional life, where career and business depend on the way you deal with your peers and clients, courtesy is of paramount importance. Here are 10 tips that focus on common sense in real estate.

Identify yourself as a Realtor in all contacts with the public and other Realtors.

Urge your buyer to get pre-qualified. Showing homes that buyers cannot afford, or that do not meet their needs, is an exercise in futility for all parties, including yourself.

Learn the facts about a property before showing it. If you do not know something, say so. You may be legally responsible for misrepresentation of a property or facts. (Disclose, disclose, disclose!)

Share important information about a property, including the presence of pets, security systems and whether the sellers will be present during the showing.

Notify the listing brokerage if there appears to be inaccurate information on the listing or complete an Association DIS form.

Avoid the inappropriate use of endearments or other condescending language (e.g., no calling your colleague “Dearie” or the buyer “Luv”!)

Do not prospect at other Realtors’ open houses or similar events.

Exhibit honest, ethical behaviour when showing another brokerage’s listing.

Allow only registered persons to conduct showings on your behalf. Having an unregistered friend or spouse “cover” for you is in violation of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act. If a complaint is made, you may be subject to discipline and very steep fines. It’s unprofessional and, frankly, it’s hardly worth it.

The above tips are excerpted with permission from the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®. Read LSTAR’s full Miss Manners document here.

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Miss Real Estate Manners – Part 4

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 be so widely accepted that the adage has entered the realm of common sense used as a banner of justification and rationalization.

Learning, listening, and understanding require engagement, passion, and drama. We tune out robotic principles and approaches that use repetition as its underlining architecture. In our world of explosive information, we can’t waste time ‘killing’ our students with reciting, retelling, and recapping, unless boring your audience is your unspoken objective.

Storytelling, replete with key knowledge, open to questioning, discussion, and debate is the uncommon common sense that is acutely needed.

Enough said.

 

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Uncommon Common Sense

Show us how you get #ActiveOakville

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 – for immediate release

Show us how you get #ActiveOakville

Residents encouraged to get active and share photos and videos to win great prizes!

Love swimming, skating, hiking or cycling? Share your active moments with the Town of Oakville on social media and you could win a $100 credit toward any Recreation and Culture program and other great prizes.

Entering the contest is easy. Take a photo or video of your active moment and tag @townofoakville on Twitter or on Facebook using the #ActiveOakville hashtag for a chance to win.

Looking for ways to get active? Oakville offers a variety of amenities and outdoors spaces that invite you to get moving. Take advantage of our pools, skateboard parks, fitness programs, harbours, hiking trails or special events to capture your #ActiveOakville moment. Visit the Active Oakville drop-in program page for weekly drop-in sports, fitness, skate and swim times.

Random draw prizes include a $100 Recreation and Culture credit, Wubble Bubble Balls, free passes and more!

Visit #ActiveOakville contest page for more information and contest details.


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Less is more

For all the years I’ve designed training programs, I’ve often caught myself trying to teach too much in a session. Turns out, that’s quite common.

We trainers often feel that if we add more content, people will learn more. In fact, it’s more likely that they will learn less. That’s because when we jam too much content into a session we don’t give people the time to get to the point where they actually learn it. They hear it, start to think about it and then we move onto the next topic. As you can see, that’s a problem.

In this Debrief trainer blog I talk about this tendency and make some suggestions for how to avoid it. If you have any suggestions please add them in the comment section below.

 

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Less is more

A year in the life of a realtor

Each year, OREA Research invites members to take its Member Profile survey to help us understand who Ontario REALTORS® are and how they conduct business. In 2014, 3,100 REALTORS® answered our survey.

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If you are interested in joining OREA’s Research Panel, where you will be invited to take part in online surveys on a variety of topics that matter to Ontario REALTORS®, please email: OREAresearch@orea.com

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A year in the life of a realtor