Have You Signed Up for Ontario REALTOR® Party Updates?

Ontario Realtor Party Logo

Have you heard about the Ontario REALTOR® Party? No, it is not a political party, but rather, a group that strives to unify REALTORS® to speak with one voice to promote the dream of home ownership and protect the real estate profession.

There is always something to do to help promote the issues important to home owners and REALTORS®. No matter how big or small the task, your efforts will make a difference! Click here to get involved today.

Are You Ready for the New Ontario Standard Lease?

Ontario Standard Lease Agreement

All residential leases signed on or after April 30, 2018 must be on the new Ontario standard lease form.

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act makes it mandatory to use the standard lease template that is currently available only through the Government Forms Repository. According to information provided by the Ontario Real Estate Association (and sent by OREA to all members on March 21, 2018), OREA Form #400 – Agreement to Lease Residential can be used only to set up the terms of the lease and the standard lease template must be used to formalize the actual lease.

OREA is in the process of reviewing their Form #400 – Agreement to Lease Residential – and its associated clause for any revisions they may need.

Be sure you know the terms of the standard lease form for Monday, April 30, 2018!

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Rich Reporting with GeoWarehouse

Did you know that GeoWarehouse rich reporting offers access to recent searches, deeper report insights and accurate visuals? You can also use the GeoWarehouse live measurement tool, see full sales history for any property, and gain real-time statistics on ownership, area demographics, and site/structure. To learn more, watch the video below!

GeoWarehouse Rich Reporting

Ontario REALTOR® Party Courses

The Ontario Real Estate Association and the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington are pleased to be offering two FREE groundbreaking courses to our members – ORP 101: An Introductory Course on Grassroots Advocacy and ORP 201: An Introductory Course on Campaigns and Elections.

Both courses will be offered on Monday, March 26, 2018 at The Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre (555 Bay St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 1H1), with ORP 101 starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by ORP 201 starting at 1 p.m. Lunch will be made available to all attendees at 12:30 p.m.

ORP 101 provides basic foundational knowledge of government relations, including: an understanding of the behind the scenes workings of Queen’s Park, how to set up a meeting with an MPP, and how to stay in touch with your MPP to build a relationship. ORP 101 is designed to empower our members to engage with provincial leaders on matters of interest to home owners and Ontario REALTORS®.

ORP 201 provides basic foundational knowledge on how provincial elections and campaigns work, including: the difference between a general election and a by-election, and the different roles on a campaign. ORP 201 is designed to get our members more involved in the election process.

To register for this FREE session, please click here.

 

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Suzanne L Nominated for Prestigious Award!

Congratulations to Susanne Lemaich L (RE/MAX Escarpment Real Estate Inc.) on her nomination for a YWCA Women of Distinction award!

Suzanne was nominated in the category of Community Leadership, and deservedly so!  She is a six-time Canadian and two-time World Women’s Snooker Champion, 2007-12 Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association president, founder of the Women’s Snooker Association and she served as an international discipline committee member. Suzanne founded Breakfast with Santa (jointly operated with Good Shepherd), volunteered with elderly care and heads up a local snooker league.

Suzanne has been a RAHB member since 2008 and is an Accredited Senior Agent (SRA). Suzanne has volunteered her time at RAHB as well as in the community – she has served on the Government Relations, Arbitration, Professional Standards and Member Area Representation committees.

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Save Commonly Used Clauses in CREA WEBForms®

CREA Webforms

Did you know that you can save commonly used clauses in CREA WEBForms® so you can access them quickly?

Creating, accessing and viewing clauses in CREA WEBForms® is easy:

  • Login to CREA WEBForms® on your mobile device at WEBForms.ca.
  • Click on Clauses in the main navigation.
  • Create, edit or view any clauses.

You can also create a master kit of commonly used forms and clauses.

You can then use these master kits to create transaction kits, build custom clauses or edit existing ones to tailor real estate forms to fit your needs.

Is Your System Compatible with WEBForms®?

Have you seen the new CREA WEBForms®? Before you start using the new and improved WEBForms®, make sure that your device meets the new system requirements. (Please note that the new WEBForms® is not compatible with the Microsoft Edge browser).

WEBForms® System Requirements

Operating Systems

Recommended operating systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Windows 7 Service Pack 1
  • Mac OS 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, or 10.10

Operating system that meets the minimum requirements:

  • Mac OS 10.6.8

Browsers

Recommended browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 10 or 11
  • Safari 6, 7 or 8
  • Firefox latest version
  • Google Chrome latest version

Browsers that meet the minimum requirements:

  • Internet Explorer 9
  • Safari 5.1.10

If you have any difficulties or encounter an error on WEBForms®, please contact CREA Member Support at support@crea.ca or 1.888.237.7945.

Kijiji is Joining the REALTOR.ca DDF® Network

Kijiji

This February, CREA will welcome Kijiji, the popular online classifieds site, to REALTOR.ca’s Data Distribution Facility (DDF®) network of real estate advertising websites.

If your brokerage has opted in to take advantage of the REALTOR.ca DDF® real estate advertising websites, you can soon have the ability to send your MLS® listing content to Kijiji at the same time as REALTOR.ca and all of the other 11 approved real estate advertising websites.

Additionally, you will be able to measure traffic to your listing content on your selected real estate advertising websites, including Kijiji, via your existing workspace on member.REALTOR.ca.

Want to learn more? Visit the DDF® How-to Guide on REALTOR Link®.

RECO Call for Nominations

The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) has issued a call for nominations for the RECO Board of Directors. RECO is looking for candidates who are passionate about the profession and how it is regulated, with a commitment to consumer protection.

This year, three Industry Directors will be elected to serve on RECO’s Board of Directors until May 2021, one for each region.

Who should run for RECO’s Board of Directors?

RECO is seeking candidates who possess the skills, experience and expertise necessary to perform the Board’s strategic leadership and oversight responsibilities. In order to accomplish this work, Directors are expected to use their best efforts to help RECO achieve its goals and fulfill its mandate. That means being informed about key issues, participating in key discussions, and showing commitment to the Director role.

What should you expect as a Director?

The Board of Directors meets approximately six times a year. In addition to Board meetings, Directors normally chair or serve as a member of at least two committees, and may be asked to attend conferences and other events as a representative of RECO. A potential Director should take these time commitments into consideration.

How do you submit your nomination?

Visit http://www.reco.on.ca/about/2018-election/ for all the forms and information you need to submit your nomination.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 26, 2018 at 2 p.m.

RECO 2018 Nominations