July 4, 2012

Volume 20, No.27
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REALTORS Care® Foundation

Summer Challenge
Ahh, summer time… full of road trips, barbeques, fun in the sun, and giving back to the community, of course!

However, REALTORS®’ summers aren’t completely carefree. That’s why the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation is celebrating everyone’s favourite season by challenging REALTORS® to communicate how you are helping build better communities this summer. Two lucky participating REALTORS® will be selected at random to win $500 each in Apple gift cards!

How to Enter
Email info@REALTORSCare.ca with all the details of your summertime charitable initiatives before September 1, 2012. Please refer to the guidelines found on the Share Your Story page.

Contest Details
Two entrants will be selected at random within the first week of September 2012 to win $500 each in Apple gift cards. The winners will be contacted by email that same week with further details on how to claim their prizes.

Good luck!


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Disposal of Assets

Mark your calendars as the Board will be holding its Disposal of Assets Sale from July 17th to 19th. We have a number of computers and a couple of miscellaneous items that will be available in the sale. More information to come in the July 11th issue of Membership News.

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WEBForms™ Notice

WEBForms™ was updated to Version 4.8.0 this morning. The changes included enhancements to usability and functionality. The update also addressed several ‘bug’ fixes.

Click here for more information.

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Practice like a Pro

Mass emails to other members

As a reminder to all members regarding mass emails to other members, please keep in mind that others may not appreciate the volume of your emails, particularly if your listing is outside their area of interest. The Board offers a Bulk email flyer service that is sent out to all members on Tuesdays; if members would like to advertise their new listings, Bulk email is the perfect venue to do so.

If members do choose to email their listings to other members, they should seek permission first, as such emails may be considered spam. If a member wishes to be removed from your mailing list, respect their request.
The federal government has released two sets of draft regulations on anti-spam legislation. The first set of regulations included the following changes:

  • The requirement for senders to have expressly received consent, or to have implied consent from the recipient.
  • Requirement to set out general contact info typically contained in an e-mail signature: a mailing address, and either a telephone number providing access to an agent or voice messaging system, an e-mail address or a web address.
  • The requirement for senders of commercial electronic messages to provide an unsubscribe mechanism that is set out clearly and prominently, and is easily performed.

The second set of regulations is still pending and CREA continues to lobby for additional changes before REALTORS® and all businesses in Canada need to comply with the anti-spam framework, as soon as this fall.

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Tech Talk

Mobile Apps

m.REALTOR.ca for smartphone and tablet browsers
At the end of June, CREA launched m.REALTOR.ca, a mobile version of REALTOR.ca. This version takes advantage of a tablet or smartphone’s web browser (so no need to download an app) and features the functionality REALTORS® and consumers have come to expect from Canada’s number one real estate website – REALTOR.ca providing REALTOR®/office searches, ability to bookmark favourites, and simple search, among many others.

A planned update this fall will let the service auto detect your browser type (mobile or other) – until then, you’ll have to type in m.REALTOR.ca to access the service – make sure you bookmark the site on your smartphone or tablet!

ICX.ca app for Apple devices
The ICX.ca app will be available to REALTORS® and consumers very soon. Similar to the REALTOR® apps, the ICX.ca app allows Apple devices to find commercial properties across Canada. The app provides all the functionality of the ICX.ca website (search, find a REALTOR®, bookmark properties) in addition to using the smartphone’s GPS to find available properties near the user/device. 
Stay tuned to the Apple Store to download the app.

REALTOR.ca app for Apple iPad
Due to popular demand, CREA expects to launch an iPad-specific version of the REALTOR.ca app before the end of July 2012.

m.ottawarealestate.org and OREB iPhone app
The Board also has a mobile browser and an iPhone app to make browsing OttawaRealEstate.org easier than ever when you are on the go.


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Upcoming Board Social and Networking Events

Thursday, November 1, 2012 REALTOR® Trade Show @ Centurion Conference Centre

Thursday, November 22, 2012 CSD Commercial Summit & Trade Show @ Centurion Conference Centre

Thursday, December 6, 2012 AGM & Christmas Cocktail Reception @ Centurion Conference Centre

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Continuing Education

Courses offered by the Ottawa Real Estate Board at the
Board Offices:

Date Course Credits
Aug. 2

Hughlogics 2012: REALTOR® Issues

3
Aug. 2 Realistic Buyer Representation   3
Sept. 18 Keeping the DealTogether  3
Sept. 18 Advertising for Success 3
Sept. 27 Stigmatized Properties: The New Approach to Brownfields 3
Oct. 15 Negotiating Strategies for Commercial Leasing 3
Nov. 19 Effective Time Management   3
Nov. 19 Improving Your Mindset in Real Estate Sales  3
Nov. 20  Effective Listing Presentation 3
Nov. 20 100 Ways to be Better in Real Estate Sales  3
Nov. 22 CSD Commercial Summit & Trade Show
• Investment Analysis & Commercial Networking
• Documentation for Buying and Selling a Business
• Apartment Expert: Prospecting for and Selling
. Rental Properties

3
3
3
Dec. 3 The Elder Client – How to Protect Your
Client & Yourself 
3
Dec. 3 Boomers, Xers, Yers – Understanding the
Different Generations
3
Dec. 4 Negotiation for REALTORS® Workshop  6



Registration starts approximately four weeks prior to course date at which time the flyer/registration form can be obtained from the Board's page on www.realtorlink.ca and a notice will appear in Membership News. One copy of the flyer/registration form will be faxed to each office at the same time it is posted on www.realtorlink.ca.

Registration is by FAX ONLY – details on flyers. NO TELEPHONE REGISTRATIONS PLEASE.

Reminder:
You must swipe-in prior to start time and swipe-out on completion – otherwise you will not receive any credits. FULL ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED – NO EXCEPETIONS.

Each course flyer and confirmation shows the time, date, cancellation and attendance requirements.

On-Line Courses:
All 24 credits can be obtained on-line through OREA at www.orea.com.

Other Education Providers:
Other education providers are listed and approved by RECO at www.reco.on.ca under Approved Education Providers.

OREA Continuing Education Mandatory Courses to be held at the Board Office:

(To register for the following courses, call OREA @ 1-866-411-6732 or visit www.orea.com. As OREA handles registration for these courses directly, the Board cannot guarantee that space is still available or that a class has not been cancelled due to low enrolment.)

RECO Real Estate Update – Residential:

August 10, 2012

November 2, 2012

August 24, 2012

November 30, 2012

September 28, 2012

 

 

 

RECO Real Estate Update – Commercial:

August 31, 2012

 



OREA Continuing Education Mandatory Courses to be held offsite:

(To register for the following courses, call OREA @ 1-866-411-6732 or visit www.orea.com. As OREA handles registration for these courses directly, the Board cannot guarantee that space is still available or that a class has not been cancelled due to low enrolment.)

RECO Real Estate Update – Residential:

October 3, 2012

Travelodge Hotel LaSalle, 2360 Princess St., Kingston

October 24, 2012

Best Western Parkway Inn, 1515 Vincent Massey Dr., Cornwall



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Pre and Post Registration (Licensing) Courses

OREA Courses to be Held at the Board Office:

(To register for the following courses, call OREA @ 1-866-411-6732 or visit www.orea.com. As OREA handles registration for these courses directly, the Board cannot guarantee that space is still available or that a class has not been cancelled due to low enrolment.)

Real Estate as a Professional Career
September 10 – 14, 2012

Land, Structures and Real Estate Trading
October 16 – 26, 2012

The Residential Real Estate Transaction
October 02 – 11, 2012
November 27 – December 06, 2012

The Real Estate Transaction – General & the Residential Real Estate Transaction
August 13 – 30, 2012
October 29 – November 15, 2012



OREA Courses to be Held Offsite:

(To register for the following courses, call OREA @ 1-866-411-6732 or visit www.orea.com. As OREA handles registration for these courses directly, the Board cannot guarantee that space is still available or that a class has not been cancelled due to low enrolment.)

Real Estate as a Professional Career
November 19 – 23, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa

Land, Structures and Real Estate Trading
July 23 – August 03, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa
September 04 – 14, 2012 – Travelodge Hotel LaSalle, 2360 Princess St., Kingston

The Residential Real Estate Transaction
September 04 – 08, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa
October 22 – 27, 2012 – Travelodge Hotel LaSalle, 2360 Princess St., Kingston

The Commercial Real Estate Transaction
July 16 – 21, 2012 – Travelodge Hotel LaSalle, 2360 Princess St., Kingston
August 07 – 11, 2012 – Best Western Barons Hotel, 3700 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Sept 17 – 21, 2012 – Rideau St. Lawrence R.E. Board, 1275 Kensington Pkwy, Brockville
October 01 – 05, 2012 – Best Western Barons Hotel, 3700 Richmond Road, Ottawa
November 05 – 10, 2012 – Travelodge Hotel LaSalle, 2360 Princess St., Kingston
December 03 – 08, 2012 – Best Western Barons Hotel, 3700 Richmond Road, Ottawa

Principles of Property Management
July 09 – 13, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa
Oct 29 – Nov 3, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa

Principles of Appraisal
Oct 22 – 26, 2012 – Rideau St. Lawrence R.E. Board, 1275 Kensington Pkwy, Brockville
November 12 – 17, 2012 – Best Western Barons Hotel, 3700 Richmond Road, Ottawa

Principles of Mortgage Financing
November 05 – 10, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa

Real Property Law
August 27 – 31, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa
November 19 – 28, 2012 – Best Western Barons Hotel, 3700 Richmond Road, Ottawa

Real Estate Investment Analysis
November 26 – 30, 2012 – Best Western Macies Hotel, 1274 Carling Ave., Ottawa

Real Estate Broker Course – 40 Hours
October 15 – 19, 2012 – Marguerite Centre, 700 Mackay St., Pembroke

Real Estate Broker Course - 60 Hours
Oct 22 – Nov 1, 2012 – Best Western Barons Hotel, 3700 Richmond Rd, Ottawa

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New or Transferring Members

The Board is pleased to welcome the following new or transferring Active Members:

John Baron (john.baron@sympatico.ca)
Employer: Kevin Saunders, Your Choice Realty Corp. #613-369-5199

Andy Bouchard (andy@gracecameron.com)
Employer: Tracy Arnett, Tracy Arnett Realty Ltd. #613-233-4488

Grace Cameron (grace@gracecameron.com)
Employer: Tracy Arnett, Tracy Arnett Realty Ltd. #613-233-4488

Keith Hawn (realtor.hawn@gmail.com)
Employer: Kevin Saunders, Your Choice Realty Corp. #613-369-5199

Xiaoli (Lily) Hu (lilyhu@royallepage.ca)
Pierre de Varennes, Royal LePage Performance Realty #613-733-9100

Dimitrios Kalogeropoulos (dk@agentdk.com)
Employer: Kent Browne, Royal LePage Team Realty #613-825-7653

Shane Lanigan
(s.lanigan@lifestyledevelopmentsltd.com)
Employer: Margaret Hooper, Keller Williams Ottawa Realty #613-236-5959

Danny Markovitch
(ottawasalesman@gmail.com)
Employer: Sid Uppal, Metro Ottawa-Carleton Real Estate Ltd. #613-739-1254

Kerstin Munk (kmunkhomes@gmail.com)
Employer: Kevin Saunders, Your Choice Realty Corp. #613-369-5199

Erica Proulx (erica@prutcr.com)
Employer: Allan Bain, Prudential Town Centre Realty Inc. #613-828-8010

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Resignations

Effective immediately, the following have resigned from the Board:  (Names are published two weeks after receipt of the termination from Manager or Senior Member)

Shawna Boisonnault
Keller Williams VIP Realty

Iannick Champagne
Re/Max Supreme Inc.

Rebecca Collett
Re/Max Supreme Inc.

Mario Cyr
RE/Max Supreme Inc.

Ryan Lafrange
Keller Williams Ottawa Realty

Tanya Myre
Re/Max Supreme Inc.

Mike Stefanich
Keller Williams Ottawa Realty

Andre Thibault
Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty

Tammy Webster
Re/Max Supreme Inc.



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Resignation of Senior Member

JOHN A.C. CLOUSTON, representing the firm of RE/MAX SUPREME INC., has notified the Board office of his resignation as a Senior Member, and accordingly, all sales representatives with this firm are also resigned from the Board.

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Change of Office Address and Fax

The office of HOMELIFE CAPITAL REALTY INC., has moved from 2559 Innes Road, Ottawa to “2514” INNES ROAD, OTTAWA, ONTARIO. K1B 3J9. New Fax Number #613-837-6499 (The telephone number remains the same #613-627-4141).

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Notice Board

Wednesday, July 11th
– CREA’s FIT Session for Eastern Ontario Boards

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Thought of the Week

“The only job where you start at the top is digging a hole.”
       - Anonymous


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REALTORS Care® Foundation
Disposal of Assets

WEBForms™ Notice

Practice Like a Pro
Tech Talk
Upcoming Board Social and Networking Events
Continuing Education
Pre and Post Registration (Licensing) Courses
New or Transferring Members
Resignations
Resignation of Senior Member
Change of Office Address
Notice Board
Thought of the Week