OREA Webinar

Join OREA for PART 2 of the 2019 OREA Forms Update, Answering Member Questions Webinar. This webinar is a comprehensive overview of the changes that have taken place to OREA Standard Forms and Clauses for 2019 AND provides answers to a host of Member Forms Questions. This year there are only 12 forms that did not receive any changes so don’t get caught off guard when filling out a form on your next listing or sale!

Register for the webinar

We are going to cover:

  • What’s New in 2019
  • What’s Revised in 2019
  • A Review of Forms to assist REALTORS with written Notification, Communication and varied Consents for trading accountability
  • A review of the New & Revised Clauses
  • Navigation of OREA Forms Resources to assist in day to day practice and enhancement of Forms knowledge
  • Helping Members use OREA Forms & Clauses in 2019, to avoid being caught off guard when completing their next Form!
  • Answers to frequent Member Form & Clause Questions

The session will include a 45-minute presentation, followed by Q & A period. The Webinar will be facilitated by Cassandra Agnew Walker, Head of Standard Forms at OREA, a former REALTOR®, OREA Director and Instructor. She has extensive facilitation experience with brokerages, boards and associations and exudes enthusiasm in Member Forms discussions.

Visit the orea.com Standard Forms landing page to view our comprehensive list of OREA Forms resources benefiting REALTOR® Members.
 
All OREA Standard Forms webinars, webcasts, forms explained files, tutorials and related resources are for OREA members only. 

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The Ontario Government is Consulting on REBBA Reform – and They Want to Hear From You!

The Ontario government launched a consultation on a broad range of possible changes to the Real Estate and Business Broker Act, 2002 (REBBA). The government is seeking feedback in many areas, including multiple representation, transparency in the offer process, and salesperson incorporation.

Feedback Survey

RECO encourages all brokers and salespeople to participate by reading the government’s consultation paper and submitting comments. Click here to read the paper.

Updating REBBA will ensure that the legislation keeps pace with the evolving real estate marketplace. To learn about RECO’s position on REBBA reform, check out Proposals for REBBA Reform.

The government will be accepting feedback until March 15, 2019.

For more information about the consultation process, please see the Ontario government’s news release.

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Changes to REALTOR.ca

On January 31, CREA will be releasing a maintenance update on REALTOR.ca. Changes will include launching redesigned email templates, including REALTOR.ca and DDF® leads; as well as enabling all listing REALTORS® to receive email notifications when their new listings go live on REALTOR.ca.

This maintenance will also allow members to know when their listings go live on REALTOR.ca, so they will be able to check data accuracy, start listing marketing campaigns that lead visitors to REALTOR.ca and connect with their clients. The refreshed REALTOR.ca lead emails will deliver the enhancements members have been asking for such as prioritizing listing’s address in the subject line and making the lead information easier to review.

The estimated duration is from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and there is a moderate potential impact to the site however no downtime is required.

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OREA’s 2019 Standard Forms and Clauses

OREA has made revisions to the 2019 Standard Forms and Clauses (see revisions below) and the new forms are now available via CREA’s WEBForms®.

Please use these new forms immediately for any new webkits that need to be created. The cutoff date for use of the old forms is Friday, February 1, 2019, after which RAHB will no longer accept the 2018 forms.

As of February 1, the new forms will be available in the Realty Shoppe.


Due to an extensive number of OREA Forms revised in 2019 (many of which were minor, correction or housekeeping), we are identifying herein the 2019 OREA Forms NOT revised from 2018 to 2019.

OREA strongly encourages Members to always use the current year OREA Forms, to ensure they are using the most up to date and accurate OREA Forms & Clauses available. Further, OREA recommends Members retrieve their OREA FORMS from an OREA Forms Third Party Licensee source, to ensure again they are accessing the most up to date and accurate OREA Forms.

www.rahb.ca/OREA-Standard-Forms-2019-Summary-of-Revisions.pdf  

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CREA Seeking Candidates for 2019 Board of Directors

CREA is looking for experienced and skilled REALTORS® to put their names forward as candidates for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

Positions available:
Director-at-Large
Three Director-at-Large positions are available – each for a two-year term

Regional Director
Four position are available – each for a two-year term – one each from the following regions:

  • British Columbia/Yukon
  • Manitoba
  • Quebec
  • Atlantic Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland & Labrador)

Qualifications:

  1. Be a REALTOR® member
  2. Have been a REALTOR® for at least five years
  3. Have a minimum of three years’ experience within the last 10 years sitting on a board of directors of a Canadian not-for-profit corporation or a public body
  4. Not be disqualified by the Act
  5. For Regional Directors, be licensed in that Region
  6. If elected, must have completed leadership courses as set out in CREA policy within one year of being elected
  7. Complete the candidacy documents in the form provided by CREA.

 

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 7, 2019.

The Director-at-Large elections will take place at CREA’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

The Regional Director elections will take place prior to the CREA Annual General Meeting at a time and place to be determined.

Click below for more information or to put your name forward for Director-at-Large.

More Information

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New CREA WEBForms® Release Schedule

CREA and Lone Wolf Technologies are partnering to deliver new CREA WEBForms® making it easier for members to manage deals from offer to close. In April 2019, the new CREA WEBForms® will be released in Ontario.

To help familiarize members with the new CREA WEBForms® 2019, REALTORS® will be able to switch between the different versions until December 2019, at which time, the classic version of CREA WEBForms® will be unavailable.

If you have any questions, please contact Blair Armstrong, CREA WEBForms®  Product Manager  at barmstrong@crea.ca.

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Tax Fairness for Real Estate Professionals

The 2nd reading debate on the Tax Fairness for Real Estate Professionals Act, 2018 will be held at Queen’s Park on October 18 from 12 – 4 p.m. The bill, if passed, would permit personal real estate corporation (PRECs) in Ontario.
OREA is encouraging REALTORS® to attend and demonstrate how important this bill is to grassroots members. OREA is also offering a free lunch served in the legislative dining room of Queen’s Park and will cover your travel expenses if you attend.
If you would like to attend, please e-mail Wendy Stewart or call at 905.529.8101 x295 by Wednesday, October 17.
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CREA Redesign of REALTOR.ca

On October 17, 2018, CREA will release a completely new redesign of REALTOR.ca.

In addition to visual enhancements on both the desktop and mobile site, the release will include the following changes:

  • An optimized and refined search experience which includes:
    • More prominence for the most used search fields;
    • Complete removal of all sub-areas;
    • A “Type-Ahead” feature on the location field for recent searches;
  • School catchment areas are now displayed on the map.
  • New top level navigational to help users’ better access the tools they need;
  • New financial calculators;
  • Addition of REALTOR® and brokerage images on listing cards;
  • Improvements to CAPTCHA handling.

This scheduled event will take place between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. and is not expected to impact users connections.

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RAHB @ CREA PAC Days

From September 30 to October 2, RAHB was in Ottawa for CREA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Days. RAHB President Jack Loft, RAHB CEO George O’Neill, Government Relations Chair Nicolas von Bredow, Government Relations Vice-Chair Margaret Reid, and RAHB Manager of Communications & External Relations Wendy Stewart heard several informative speakers discuss housing and the issues affecting affordability. These speakers included:

  • The Honorable Joe Jordan, former Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Senior Associate at Bluesky Strategy Group
  • Perrin Beatty, President & CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce who spoke on USMCA
  • David Colletto, founder partner of Abacus Data who presented data from a millennial survey. (More information about this survey can be found at http://abacusdata.ca/housing-affordability-is-the-top-issue-for-millennials-who-are-looking-to-achieve-the-dream-of-homeownership/)
  • PAC Days Media Panel, consisting of Chantal Hebert, Don Martin and Rob Russo
  • MPs Karen Vecchio and Roger Cuzner
  • The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of the Official Opposition
  • The Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Political Pundit Panel, consisting of Kathleen Monk, Tim Power and Lisa Kinsella

CREA also presented two major recommendations/asks that PAC reps were to address with their MPs during meetings scheduled in Ottawa:

  1. Increasing the First Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit from $750 to $2,500
  2. Evaluating policies that affect home ownership, i.e. consider the stress test in a regional perspective

For more information on these recommendations/asks, as well as resources for if you speak with your MP, please click on the buttons below:

Brochure for MPs FAQs for Recommendations/Asks

The meetings with three of RAHB’s MPs (Bob Bratina, Scott Duvall and David Sweet) went very well, with each MP being supportive of the recommendations and asks. Mr. Sweet went so far as to recommend that the First Time Home Buyers’ Tax Credit be increased to $5,000.

Unfortunately, RAHB reps were unable to meet with the other MPs who represent RAHB’s market area due to scheduling conflicts:

  • The Hon. Karina Gould (Burlington)
  • David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre)
  • The Hon. Filomena Tassi (Hamilton-West – Ancaster – Dundas)
  • The Hon. Lisa Raitt (Milton)
  • Diane Finley (Haldimand-Norfolk)
  • Dean Allison (Niagara-West)

RAHB will continue to reach out to our MPs over the next year as we lead into the next federal election, and we encourage RAHB members to do the same. If you have any questions about CREA’s PAC Days or the resources above, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy Stewart at wendys@rahb.ca.

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New RAHB Stats Package Coming Soon!

RAHB’s monthly stats package will soon have a new look! Thanks to the feedback we received from the RAHB Statistics Survey and the work of the Statistics Task Force, we will be offering members an updated, comprehensive package of statistical information that will include the most-used features of our current package plus additional information and new area breakdowns.

One of the additions will be CREA’s Home Price Index, or HPI. This new tool shows long-term trends for different housing types and will provide valuable data down to the neighbourhood level.

Learn more about the HPI by viewing CREA’s video and watch for more information about the new statistics package in the coming weeks.

 


The name of the winner of the $25 Tim Horton’s gift card has been drawn, and we will soon announce the members name.

 

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Reminder: Webforms®

CREA WEBForms® Updated – Please note that CREA will be discontinuing the “Classic” version of WEBForms® on Thursday, August 9 – the date has been changed from August 8, as reported earlier.

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