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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
CREA will be discontinuing their “WEBForms® Classic” version as of Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
To prepare for the change to the new version of WEBForms®, why not begin using the new version now? It’s easy to get to the new site: when you go to WEBForms® Classic, you will see this notice – just click on the red button that says Try the new version of CREA WEBFORM® now! and you will be redirected to the site.
Beginning this week (July 30, 2018), CREA will be adding school catchment areas to the neighbourhood info on REALTOR.ca. You will be able to find the catchment area by selecting a school name from the school list in the neighbourhood section of a listing advertisement on REALTOR.ca. Catchment area is one of the most requested features for REALTOR.ca from both REALTORS® and consumers.
This change will be rolled out over two releases; the Hamilton area is in the first release scheduled for the week of July 30.
CREA’s scheduled rollout is:
The first release will cover the catchment area in these areas:
Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau, Edmondton, Quebec, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, St. Catharines-Niagara, Halifax, Oshawa, Victoria, Windsor, Saskatoon, Regina and Sherbrooke.
On August 30, the second release will cover:
St. John’s, Barrie, Kelowna, Abbotsford-Mission, Sudbury, Kingston, Saguenay, Trois-Rivieres, Guelph, Moncton, Brantford, Saint John, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Lethbridge, Nanaimo, Kamloops, Belleville, Chatham-Ken, Fredericton, Chilliwack.
CREA will be discontinuing their WEBForms® Classic version as of Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
To prepare for the change to the new version of WEBForms®, why not begin using it now? It’s easy to find the new site: when you go to WEBForms® Classic, you will see the notice shown below – just click on the red button that says Try the new version of CREA WEBFORMS® now! and you will be redirected to the site.
Note: This article was updated on July 18 to reflect the new date of August 8 for the discontinuation of WEBForms® “Classic”.