Event Announcement: Grow Your Real Estate Business with Systems, 07 Apr 2020

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Are you doing well in business but feel a bit disorganized?  Are you starting out in the real estate industry and want to make sure you set a good foundation for your business? 

Then don’t miss out on our “How to Use Systems in Your Real Estate Business to Increase your Business”

During the session you will learn how :

 – switching from a tactical to a strategic mindset 

– what are systems and why you need them 

– how to increase revenue with efficiency systems 

– delivering a consistent client experience

– creating your signature process 

– tools & tech to run your business like a well oiled machine 

Here is a list of other upcoming events:

More information and online registration: Grow Your Real Estate Business with Systems

Conducting Real Estate Virtually

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Conducting Real Estate Virtually

In this one-hour LIVE tutorial you will learn the steps on how to conduct your real estate business virtually in three easy to follow lessons:

  1. Shooting videos and live open house videos using Facebook, Instagram, & YouTube
  2. How to save, share, and upload large video files
  3. Using Zoom video and other platforms to review documents and host team and client meetings.

You’ll learn of an easy option to create a slideshow video on Facebook using the photos of your listings, local community and other assets, which you can then download to use on your social platforms.

This is a LIVE 60-minute webinar where participants can interact with the hosts by asking questions.

Participants will receive follow up notes, links to YouTube tutorials, and an invitation to join a private students-only Facebook group for ongoing support.

We look forward to your success!

“See” you online soon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Register Here!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Register Here!

Note: Registration and number of sessions are limited.

GeoWarehouse® Webinars – Tips, Condos, e-Store, and more!

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GeoWarehouse® Webinars – Tips, Condos, e-Store, and more!

The following webinar training sessions are designed for real estate professionals who subscribe to GeoWarehouse. 

GeoWarehouse – Tips & Tricks

In this webinar, we will explore the top tips & tricks and best practices for using GeoWarehouse.

To register for a session please select a date/time below

Monday April 6, 2020 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Friday April 10, 2020 – 11;00 AM to 12:00 PM

Wednesday April 15, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Monday May 4, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Monday June 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

GeoWarehouse – All About Condo’s

In this webinar, we will explore all of the unique features related to Condo type properties using GeoWarehouse.

See the course outline HERE.

To register for a session please select a date/time below:

Wednesday April 1, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Tuesday April 7, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Monday April 13, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Monday May 11, 2020 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Monday June 15, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

GeoWarehouse – PDF Reports

In this webinar, we will explore how to generate and customize the PDF Property ReportComparable Sales Report & Client Report.

To register for a session please select a date/time below:

Thursday April 2, 2020 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Wednesday April 8, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Tuesday April 14, 2020 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Monday May 11, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Monday June 15, 2020 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

The GeoWarehouse e-Store

In this webinar, we will explore additional due diligence opportunities available through the GeoWarehouse e-Store.

See the course outline HERE.

To register for a session please select a date/time below:

Monday April 6, 2020 – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 Thursday April 9, 2020 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Thursday April 16, 2020 – 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Monday May 4, 2020 – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM 

Monday June 8, 2020 – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM 

All About GeoWarehouse

In this session you will learn about all of the features available in your GeoWarehouse subscription.

See the course outline HERE.

To register for a session please select a date/time below:

Friday April 3, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM 

Monday April 20, 2020 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Monday May 25, 2020 – 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM 

Monday June 22, 2020 – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

 

SPECIAL WEBINAR – Protecting your deals in a crisis by Mark Weisleder

SPECIAL WEBINAR - Protecting your deals in a crisis by Mark Weisleder

BREB  would like to invite all BREB  members to attend a special zoom webinar on how to protect your clients in a crisis, including what happens if a buyer cannot close because of COVID 19 and the clauses to use to make sure your deals close on time.

When: Apr 3, 2020, 10:00 AM Eastern Time (the US and Canada) 
Topic: protecting your deals in a crisis

Register in advance for this webinar:  – LIMITED SEATING
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xxz2eQYNR622eYMwjCbWHQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

In this new seminar, Mark Weisleder, Real Estate Lawyer, Author, Columnist, and speaker teaches what you need to know to protect yourself and your clients during these perilous times.

The objectives of this course are to understand:

The clauses you need to insert to make sure deals close in these uncertain times

  1. Whether buyers can cancel deals due to COVID 19
  2. Best practices to make sure deals close as scheduled

By the end of this session you will:

Know how to protect clients when they enter into agreements in the first place

  • Learn how to identify clients to maintain FINTRAC requirements
  • Understand what will happen if buyers refuse to close due to COVID 19
  • Learn how to exchange keys at closing to avoid third party couriers and firms affecting access to the property in a timely manner
  • Learn the clauses you need to include to make sure the deal can still close in a timely manner
  • Understand how to use best practices when showing properties
  • Learn how to make sure deposits are properly paid in any real estate agreement
  • Understand why clients should not buy and sell on the same day
  • Learn what defects have to be disclosed to a buyer
  • Learn how to draft a seller repair clause to ensure the work is completed prior to closing
  • Understand how to make sure a tenant vacates in time when a buyer is moving in on closing

Event Announcement: How Realtors and Mortgage Professionals Can Thrive By Working Together, 02 Apr 2020

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Upcoming event information:
How Realtors and Mortgage Professionals Can Thrive By Working Together Online Webinar
Date: 02 Apr 2020 2:00 PM EDT

Join us on April 2nd  2pm EST / 11am PST and see the CEO of RE/MAX Adam Contos and Gary Mauris CEO of Dominion Lending Centres discuss their views on the global and local real estate market, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, how mortgage professionals and realtors can thrive by working together, and his views and advice on personal development.

About Adam:
As the Chief Executive Officer of RE/MAX Holdings, Inc., I oversee its three brands: RE/MAX, LLC, a top real estate brand in over 100 countries and territories; Motto Franchising, LLC, the first national mortgage brokerage franchisor in the U.S.; and Booj, an award-winning real estate technology company

 

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM PST| 2:00 PM EST

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with details for joining the webinar.

 

Feel free to invite the realtors that you work with to register for this call as your guest.
Remember, your best investment is in yourself!

 

 

 

Real estate is an essential service, but it’s NOT “business as usual”

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The Government of Ontario ordered all non-essential businesses to close by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government published exceptions to this order in their list of essential workplaces. Notably, the government has deemed real estate an essential service.

 

In short, the government has signaled that real estate trades may continue. But that doesn’t mean a return to “business as usual.” Ontario remains under a state of emergency, and registrants have a duty to follow the direction of health officials to minimize direct physical interaction. Embracing digital technology is essential in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

 

Earlier this week, RECO released updated guidance on open houses and showings. In particular, RECO strongly recommended that brokerages and salespeople follow the direction of health officials by declining to facilitate or participate in open houses, and by limiting showings to where they are absolutely necessary.

 

That guidance continues to apply.

 

There are many other situations during a real estate trade that typically involve personal contact, such as signing documents and in-person client communications. We strongly recommend that registrants look at technological solutions that can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for these in-person interactions, and discuss alternatives with their clients.

 

Possible alternatives include:

  • Using virtual tours, 360 walk-throughs, mobile measurement applications and digital floorplans instead of in-person viewings
  • Using electronic documents and signatures, instead of paper documents
  • Using electronic funds transfers instead of certified cheques
  • Communicating with clients via written communications, smartphone technology applications, and video conferencing, instead of face-to-face

Am I allowed to continue trading?

 

Yes, the government has sent a clear signal that real estate trading may continue. However, health and safety remain paramount. Health authorities have asked all Ontarians to reduce or eliminate in-person interactions. We strongly recommend that you work with your clients to find technological alternatives.

 

Am I allowed to take new listings?

 

Yes, you may enter into new listing agreements with sellers. However, you are under no obligation to do so.

 

Before asking your client to sign a listing agreement, make sure they understand the services you are prepared to offer, and how those services will differ compared to what they might have expected from a typical trade prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

How do I deal with tenant occupied properties?

 

Tenant-occupied properties pose particular challenges. Though tenants and landlords have respective rights under the Residential Tenancies Act, administered by the Landlord and Tenant Board, particular attention must be paid to the tenant’s health and safety.

 

Though buyers may want to see the home in-person before committing, you could reduce the number of in-person showings required by asking buyers to assess their interest through virtual options first. If they remain interested, you could work out a plan to safely view the property. Viewings should only occur with the tenant’s consent, however.

 

Please take great care to discuss with your seller the importance of considering the health and safety of tenants.

 

Please check the Landlord and Tenant Board’s website for ongoing updates related to COVID-19 and tenants.

 

I heard some salespeople continue to trade real estate in ways that go against the direction of health officials (for example going door to door to prospect clients). What can RECO do about that?

Everyone, including registrants, must take this crisis seriously for their own health and that of the general public. The Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 and the Code of Ethics include provisions that require registrants to practice with integrity, to promote the best interests of their clients and to act honourably and professionally. We take these matters very seriously. Registrants who demonstrate a blatant disregard for the protection of the public, by ignoring the direction of health officials during their trading activities, will face serious sanctions, including possible disciplinary prosecution by RECO.

 

If my client insists, do I have to agree to use paper documents, physical cheques and in-person communications?

 

No, as a registrant and business operator, you decide which services you are prepared to offer. You should make those decisions based on the most current guidance and direction of health authorities, which at present is to reduce or eliminate direct physical interaction that could promote transmission of the virus. Help your clients understand the importance of following current direction from health authorities and the risks that come with paper documents and in-person meetings.

 

Can my seller client decline to allow showings in advance, but allow buyers to make their offers conditional on a satisfactory showing?

 

There is nothing in the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 that would prohibit such a practice. However, you should seek advice from your brokerage and legal counsel about the pros and cons before recommending such a clause to a client. When representing the seller, be sure they understand the risks that may come from this approach. Consider including language that would protect the seller in case the buyer then refuses to provide or unreasonably delays a final, written decision about whether they will waive the condition or not.

 

There is no clear alternative to certain in-person aspects of a real estate trade, such as home inspections or measuring the property to confirm dimensions prior to listing. What does RECO recommend?

 

RECO is considering these sorts of questions, but in this rapidly evolving situation, we don’t have all the answers. We are looking to the profession, which continues to develop innovative solutions to these sorts of challenges. We invite brokers and salespeople to share these solutions with their colleagues and their local boards.

 

How does the government’s announcement impact RECO’s services?

 

Though RECO has been identified as an essential workplace, RECO will continue to operate and provide information about COVID-19 and real estate. Please remember that RECO has no authority to direct the cessation of real estate trading in Ontario.

 

RECO has transitioned all of its staff to working from home, in order to continue to deliver key services while protecting their safety. RECO’s core services (registration applications, transfers, Mandatory Continuing Education and complaint handling) are all available online. For the latest information about RECO’s service delivery, please visit RECO’s COVID-19 Notices page

 

 

COVID-19 and the professional liability insurance program
Many registrants are asking if the professional liability insurance program provides coverage for claims arising out of events related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For information on this issue, please see this document from the insurance provider, Alternative Risk Services.

Special COVID-19 Webinar – Protecting your real estate deals during a crisis

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COVID-19 Protecting your real estate deals during a crisis​

I want to take this opportunity to invite all TREB  members to attend a special webinar on how to protect your clients in a crisis, including what happens if a buyer cannot close because of Covid 19 and the clauses to use to make sure your deals close on time.

Scheduled for this Friday morning, .March 27 at 10 am

You can join by going to zoom .com, click join a meeting and use the 9 digit code 227 459 563 or paste the link in the written version into your browser.

Topic: COVID-19 Protecting your real estate deals during a crisis

Time: Mar 27, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/227459563

Meeting ID: 227 459 563
If you have any questions about how to deal with your real estate transaction during these times, or wish to schedule a webinar at your brokerage, please contact me toll free at 1-888-876-5529 or at mark@realestatelawyers.ca
Mark Weisleder is a Partner, author and speaker at the law firm Real Estate Lawyers.ca LLP. Contact him at mark@realestatelawyers.ca or toll free at 1-888-876-5529
 

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