OREA Request for Proposal: REALTOR® Services for OREA Building Purchase and Sale

OREA is seeking qualified REALTOR(S)® in Ontario to represent OREA on: the sale of the real property wherein OREA’s head office is currently located (99 Duncan Mill Road); the purchase of real property suitable for OREA’s head office given OREA’s pending downsizing from its current head office property; and, if necessary, any interim lease required to fill the gap between the sale of OREA’s current head office building and OREA’s use of the new head office location.

Interested Proponents can now visit the OREA Request for Proposal: REALTOR® Services For OREA Building Purchase and Sale (the “RFP”) web site at www.orea.com/buildingrfp. Access to this web site is limited to OREA members only.

As a precondition to submitting a response to this RFP (a “Proposal”), each Proponent must:

  • Register their intent to submit a Proposal by filing the provided Notice of Intent to Respond form with OREA; and
  • Sign and register the provided Confidentiality and Protection of Personal Information Agreement with OREA.

Both of these documents must be registered with OREA via email by 3 p.m. EST on March 9, 2020 as set out in section 1.4 of the RFP or as otherwise specified by OREA.

If you do not file the Notice of Intent to Respond and Confidentiality and Protection of Personal Information Agreement in full compliance with section 1.4 and 1.5 of the RFP your Proposal may be disqualified by OREA for purposes of this RFP.

The RFP Proposal submission deadline will be 3 p.m. EST on March 31, 2020.

The above dates are subject to change in OREA’s sole and absolute discretion and any date change(s) shall be communicated by OREA via e-mail.  OREA may consider, not consider, deny and/or grant any request for extension of a deadline in its sole and absolute discretion.

All questions on the RFP process and related documents must be directed to the following OREA contact person:

Natasha Lemire-Blair, Vice President Membership and Technology
Email:  Natasha@orea.com with copy to buildingrfp@orea.com

WEBForms® Status Hub

Please note that this message is sent on behalf of CREA. All comments will be directed to RAHB staff. To message CREA please e-mail support@crea.ca or call 1-888-237-7945


CREA and Lone Wolf Technologies, want to apologize for the inconvenience and consequent stress the WEBForms® transition has caused. CREA acknowledges the launch of WEBForms® has made the platform difficult for members to use and negatively impacted REALTORS®’ ability to conduct business.

CREA is actively working to resolve these issues and to improve this multi-faceted platform so WEBForms® becomes a product members can trust and depend on.

CREA wants to be more transparent about the status of specific fixes and adjustments they are working on. With this in mind, they have created the WEBForms® Status Hub to provide updates on the solutions and improvements in progress. This hub will also show past solutions and improvements that have been implemented already.

Click the button below to stay up to date on WEBForms® issue resolutions and upcoming improvements.

WEBForms® Status Hubs

CREA encourages you to bookmark this page as it will be updated regularly with the status of these fixes.

CREA thanks you for your patience.

Questions? Contact Member Support

If you have any questions, you can reach CREA WEBForms® support team by emailing support@crea.ca or by calling at 1-888-237-7945. The CREA WEBForms® Member Support hours have also been extended to the following times:

Monday to Friday—8 p.m. to midnight (EST)
Saturday and Sunday—8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST)

WebForms® Update

CREA, with their partner Lonewolf, has managed to resolve some issues that have been reported regarding WebForms®, and CREA is also aware of other issues that still need to be addressed. CREA is working diligently to roll out fixes to forms and enhancements to the software.

Fixes and changes that have been implemented to date:

  • When users are adding clauses to certain forms, the software now accommodates the overflow text by automatically adding pages as required at the bottom of the form;
    • Some users reported receiving an error message when they entered an MLS® number, meaning certain listings weren’t being found by the system for auto-population into forms. CREA has made some programming adjustments so that members won’t be met with the same error going forward;
  • The system disabled out-of-date forms within templates to protect the user from creating a transaction with an out-of-date form. Unfortunately, this meant that users had to remove the disabled form, replace it with the new version and reinsert their clauses. This functionality was changed, and new forms will now automatically replace the old versions within user templates while retaining the content the user had saved in the old version of the form;
  • CREA has made hundreds of adjustments to various forms across the country with respect to both formatting and auto-population based on user feedback.

Thanks to feedback from across the country, there is a list of software enhancements that CREA is working on with Lonewolf, such as:

    • No longer automatically increasing font sizes when printing or e-mailing documents. However, when necessary, the software will continue to shrink fonts to not lose any content (Legacy WEBForms® would simply truncate the text, leaving content out of documents);
  • The Form Editor will be enhanced, making it easier to insert clauses throughout your documents, and provide a more seamless flow between pages;
  • Users will be able to download editable forms, and with their own editor tool they will have the ability to edit the forms offline;
    • The Clause Manager tool will be overhauled to include features such as the ability to insert date and time pickers directly into the clauses, as well as other improvements to the formatting capabilities;
  • The User Interface itself will see some changes to improve the intuitiveness of the icons and the general workflow.

Please continue to let CREA know when you encounter challenges or issues with the new CREA WEBForms®. CREA’s Members Support Centre can bereached by phone at 1-888-237-7945 or by e-mailing support@crea.ca.

CREA provides WEBForms® support until Midnight EST on weekdays, and until 10 p.m. EST on weekends.

CREA WebForms® Issues – Update

PLEASE NOTE: This message is posted by RAHB on behalf of CREA. The comments are monitored by RAHB staff and if you have any feedback for CREA you can reach them at support@crea.ca or      1-888-237-7945


CREA has two new updates about WEBForms®.

1) “Add page” function working 

CREA WEBForms® experienced a technical issue last weekend with some of the new 2020 Ontario forms. When the “Add page” function was selected, the content of the form was removed when the form reloaded. This issue was resolved Monday, January 6, and content now remains when a new page is added to a form.

2) Old Ontario forms replaced

With the release of the new 2020 Ontario forms previous versions of those forms were removed from any existing templates that had been created. In the past, users would have had to manually replace any forms that have been updated and redo any content they had entered in the old version of those forms.

CREA is currently working through the revised list of forms and are automatically replacing them while retaining the previous content in your templates.

While CREA continues to prioritize forms by popularity and those requiring additional user-entered content (for example, Form 100), 20 of the most popular forms have been replaced.

CREA will continue to automatically replace the old versions of the forms within your templates over the next couple of weeks. If you find old versions of forms within your templates are no longer available when you create a transaction you can still manually add the new version of the form you require to your transaction.

Moving forward, anytime a new version of a form is released, that new version will automatically be replaced within a template and will retain any information the user had included in the previous version of the form.

CREA apologizes for the challenges this created over the last few days when working on contracts with your clients and other team members.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support as CREA work through the growing pains of a new system. Please continue to let CREA know when you encounter challenges with the new CREA WEBForms®.

If you have any questions, CREA Member Support Team is here to help. You can reach them by email at support@crea.ca or by phone at 1-888-237-7945.

CREA WEBForms® Member Support extended hours:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (EST)
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST)

CREA WEBForms® Issue Resolved

We have two new updates to inform you about CREA WEBForms®.

1) “Add page” function working 
 
CREA WEBForms® experienced a technical issue last weekend with some of the new 2020 Ontario forms. When the “Add page” function was selected, the content of the form was removed when the form reloaded. This issue was resolved Monday, January 6, and content now remains when a new page is added to a form. 

2) Old Ontario forms replaced

With the release of the new 2020 Ontario forms previous versions of those forms were removed from any existing templates that had been created. In the past, users would have had to manually replace any forms that have been updated and redo any content they had entered in the old version of those forms.

We’re currently working through the revised list of forms and are automatically replacing them while retaining the previous content in your templates.

While we continue to prioritize forms by popularity and those requiring additional user-entered content (for example, Form 100), 20 of the most popular forms have been replaced.

We will continue to automatically replace the old versions of the forms within your templates over the next couple of weeks. If you find old versions of forms within your templates are no longer available when you create a transaction you can still manually add the new version of the form you require to your transaction.

Moving forward, anytime a new version of a form is released, that new version will automatically be replaced within a template and will retain any information the user had included in the previous version of the form. 

We apologize for the challenges this created over the last few days when working on contracts with your clients and other team members.

Thank you for your patience and ongoing support as we work through the growing pains of a new system. Please continue to let us know when you encounter challenges with the new CREA WEBForms®.

If you have any questions, our Member Support Team is here to help. You can reach them by email at support@crea.ca or by phone at 1-888-237-7945.

CREA WEBForms® Member Support extended hours:
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. (EST)
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST)

Notice of the 2020-2021 CREA Board of Directors Elections

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is seeking experienced and skilled REALTORS® to put their names forward as candidates for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors. As part of the application, you will have an opportunity to include any additional materials you would like displayed on REALTOR Link® to support your candidacy application (eg. letters of reference, resume, photo, etc.). The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 21, 2020.

POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Director-at-Large:
There are three Director-at-Large positions available (each for a two-year term).

Regional Director:
There are four Regional Director positions available (each for a two-year term)–one from each of the following regions: Alberta/Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Atlantic Region (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador).

QUALIFICATIONS OF DIRECTORS:

Persons wishing to be elected either as a Director-at-Large or a Regional Director must:

  1. Be a REALTOR® member;
  2. Have been a REALTOR® member for at least five (5) years;
  3. Have a minimum of three (3) years’ experience within the last ten (10) years sitting on a Board of Directors of a Canadian not-for-profit corporation or a public body;
  4. Otherwise not be disqualified by the Act;
  5. In the case of a Regional Director, 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 and
  7. Complete the candidacy documents in the form provided by CREA

The deadline for candidate submissions is Friday, February 21, 2020.
 
The Director-at-Large elections will take place at CREA’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The Regional Director elections will take place prior to the CREA AGM at a time and place to be determined.

Click here to be a part of the future of real estate in Canada!

IMPORTANT NOTICE EFFECTING MEMBER ASSISTANTS

RAHB has identified an issue in WEBForms® that was created when CREA updated the default landing page to WEBForms® 2019 last week. The issue affects member assistants; specifically their ability to work as the REALTOR® and/or for migrating member’s transaction kits from the Legacy version to WEBForms 2019.

However, RAHB has found the following solution.  If you are a member assistant and require access to a REALTORS® transaction kits in the Legacy version of WEBForms® to read or to migrate to WEBForms® 2019, please follow the steps outlined below. Please keep in mind, after January 2, 2020 you will no longer have access to the Legacy transaction kits.

  1. Log in Matrix. Ensure you are “Working as” the REALTOR®

You will automatically be redirected to the members Legacy version, which will be available until cutover to WEBForms® 2019 on January 2, 2020.

  1. Click on the WEBForms® Kit Name.

 

  1. Click the “Send Kit to WEBForms® 2019” link.

When the transaction kit has been copied over to WEBForms® 2019, you will see the following message:

Please note, the transaction kit will have been copied over to the new WEBForms® 2019 as a read-only file. You can add editable forms to these kits, but the original forms that were migrated over, will remain read-only. Please note, new transaction kits must be created in WEBForms® 2019 as of December 16, 2019,

 

CREA is also offering WEBForms® support. You may contact them on their toll free number 1.800.842.2732 with questions or concerns during the follow hours:

 

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight

Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 

Should you have any further questions you may also contact the MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650 or e-mail support@rahb.ca

WEBForms® 2019 – Coming January 2, 2020

There are only a few days left before CREA retires the WEBForms® Legacy version on January 2, 2020.  Please keep in mind, after January 1, 2020 you will no longer have access to the Legacy transaction kits. As a full member of RAHB, if you wish to migrate any of your transaction kits from Legacy to WEBForms® 2019, please follow the steps outlined below:

1.         Login to WEBForms®. The new default will bring you to WEBForms® 2019.

2.         Click the blue “Go to Legacy” tab.

3.         Click “Sign into Board/Association”.

4.         Click on the WEBForms® Kit Name.

5.         Click the “Send Kit to WEBForms® 2019” link.

When your transaction kit has been copied over to WEBForms® 2019, you will see the following message:

Please note, the transaction kit will have been copied over to the new WEBForms® 2019 as a read-only file. You can add editable forms to these kit’s, but the original forms that were migrated over, will remain read-only. Please note, new transaction kit’s must be created in WEBForms® 2019 as of December 16, 2019,

CREA is also offering WEBForms® support. You may contact them on their toll free number 1.800.842.2732 with questions or concerns during the follow hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight

Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Should you have any further questions you may also contact the MLS® Help Desk at 905.667.4650 or e-mail support@rahb.ca

CREA WEBForms® 2019

More than 40,000 members have already created a transaction using CREA WEBForms® 2019. As CREA moves closer to retiring WEBForms® Legacy, they are eager to support members as they transition to the new platform.

If you haven’t yet made the switch, take a moment to learn more about the decision to upgrade the platform by watching this video from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) Vice President and Technology Committee member Cliff Stevenson.

To further facilitate this transition, CREA is planning a couple of adjustments to help members take the plunge:

  1. On December 4, 2019, CREA flipped the landing page experience for all users. That means, as of December 5, 2019, everyone who accesses WEBForms® will land in the new CREA WEBForms® 2019 environment. Rest assured you will still be able to go back to the legacy version until the official cut-off on January 2, 2020.
  2. On December 16, 2019, WEBForms® Legacy switched to “Read Only Mode”. This means that members will still be able to access and edit existing transaction kits, download forms and migrate kits, but it will no longer be possible to create new transaction kits in Legacy. Preventing new transaction kits from being created in a system that is two weeks away from going offline is a safeguard against a member creating a transaction kit one day and not having access to it the next.
  3. Finally, before the end of the year, CREA will be issuing a maintenance release for CREA WEBForms® 2019. This release will include the convenient “Dynamic Paging” feature, meaning members will no longer need to start with multi-page schedules or use the “add page” function; pages will be added automatically as needed.

Getting started is easy and often takes less than an hour. In fact, you can dip your toes with these videos outlining the basics in just five minutes.

  1. Migrating old transaction kits from the legacy version of WEBForms® to CREA WEBForms® 2019. (Note: your transactions will be editable, but forms will migrate over as flat documents.)
  2. Creating a Basic Transaction (outlining the quickest way to create a basic transaction.)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CREA Member Support Team at support@crea.ca or 1-888-237-7945. The CREA WEBForms® 2019 Member Support Team has extended its hours and is now  available from 8 a.m. to midnight (EST) on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST) on weekends.

OREA Forms Webinar Series – Taking the Mystery out of Forms

OREA will be hosting a forms webinar on November 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. (45-minute presentation + Q & A period). The topic is: Ask Your Forms Questions – We Answer.

Standard Forms are vital tools for enhancing Member professionalism adding integrity in trading activity of a Member. At OREA, we understand Forms are an essential part of any real estate transaction and they can be difficult to understand and use.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions in this special 45-minute session, entitled ‘Ask Your Forms Questions, We Answer’. You can submit questions in advance relevant to helping you in your daily business, simply email StandardForms@orea.com .

This Webinar is led by Cassandra Agnew Walker, Head of Standard Forms joined by Lou Radomsky, Forms Legal Counsel.

To register, please click the button below.

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If you are unavailable on the date of the Webinar, you can listen to the recording at your leisure after the recording is uploaded to orea.com Standard Forms Webinar landing page.

Mark Your Calendar for Future Dates: :
Dec 1: Time to review the 2020 Forms Annual Summary of Revisions file on orea.com
Dec 18: Webinar ‘Annual Update 2020 Forms’, time 1:00 p.m.

As mentioned above, to assist in our November Webinar planning, we encourage you to send Forms Questions or Discussion Points in advance to StandardForms@orea.com.

Scotiabank has Joined REALTOR.ca DDR® Advertising Network

CREA has partnered with Scotiabank to bring REALTOR® listings to their completely digital mortgage experience: Scotiabank eHOME.

On November 14, users of Scotiabank eHOME will be able to search for homes powered by REALTOR.ca within Scotiabank eHOME. For listings to appear on Scotiabank eHOME, brokerage owners must first adjust their REALTOR.ca DDF® permissions if they have not already done so.

Brokerage owners can update their REALTOR.ca DDF® settings here.

Working with Scotiabank:

  • increases national exposure for REALTOR® listings;
  • creates an opportunity for high quality leads; and
  • reinforces the trusted REALTOR® brand.
We’re here to help. Contact boardsupport@crea.ca with any questions.

2020 OREA Board of Directors Election

All qualified Ontario REALTORS® are encouraged to seek election to the 2020 OREA Board of Directors on February 25, 2020 at the Ontario Real Estate Association Annual General Meeting of the Assembly to be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y9.

Two Directors-at-Large and three Provincial Directors (one each for Central, Northeastern and Southern Ontario) will be elected. Directors will serve a two-year term.

One Provincial Director for Northern Ontario will be elected to serve for one-year of the unexpired two-year term, filling a vacancy for that position.

Linked below is a set of materials regarding the election procedures for the 2020 OREA Board of Directors (the “Election Package”). The Election Package includes:

  1. Notice to all Ontario REALTORS – Call for Candidates
  2. Information for Candidates – 2020 Election of OREA Board of Directors
  3. Candidate Submission Form and Candidate Declaration Form
  4. Copy of the Special News Bulletin: “Call for Candidates – OREA Board of Directors” will appear at https://www.orea.com/News-and-Events/Newsletters/EDGE-Newsletters.

 

Please Note:

Candidate Submissions – Interested candidates must submit their name in writing and signed by the candidate on the form provided by OREA, and provide other ancillary documentation to the attention of:

Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Real Estate Association
c/o Andrew Popert, PwC | Partner, Assurance
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
PwC Tower, 18 York Street, Suite 2600, Toronto ON M5J 0B2
Telephone: 416-687-8901

Deadline for receipt of candidate submissions is no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 11, 2019.