IMPORTANT: Social Media Request

Yesterday OREA President, David Oikle, and President-Elect, Stacey Evoy, presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in support of the 2021 Ontario Budget.

The budget contains several OREA recommendations including an increase to the provincial childcare rebate and billions of dollars in funding to expand access to broadband internet.

Can everyone please take a moment and “share” the following social media post featuring President David Oikle?

We have tagged several key decision makers in Premier Ford’s office on our post so it is really important that they see our strong collective voice on this.

Thanks,

Jason Lagerquist | Head of Government Relations

Ontario Real Estate Association

T: (416) 445-9910 Ext 618 | F: (416) 445-2644

E: JasonL@orea.com

99 Duncan Mill Road | Don Mills, ON M3B 1Z2

Let’s connect! | @oreainfo

BREAKING: Government of Ontario Announces Stay-at-Home Order

Today, the Government of Ontario declared a state of emergency and will be enacting a Stay-at-Home order for all Ontario regions.

The Stay-at-Home order will take effect as of Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12:01 am and will be in effect for at least four weeks. For more information on the new measures, please click here.

What does this mean for real estate?

Real estate businesses remain one of the businesses that are not required to be closed.

This means that real estate transactions can continue, provided that all public health measures and safety guidelines are followed. There are no specific requirements for the real estate industry, except that open houses are prohibited. The masking, physical distancing, maximum occupancy, cleaning, safety plan and other requirements of any business that remains operational must also be carried out.

It is not business as usual and I urge Ontario REALTORS® to use digital tools to the greatest extent possible to conduct virtual open houses, showings and execute real estate transactions.

Some important information to keep in mind during this Stay-at-Home order:
 

  • Open houses remain prohibited across the province.
  • While there is a Stay-at-Home order in place, there is no prohibition on intra-provincial travel and no restrictions on real estate registrants trading in markets around the Province, provided you have reasonably determined that this is required as a result of the nature of the work to be carried out there.
  • In-person showings are permitted, provided health and safety protocols are followed. For safe in-person showings protocol, please visit OREA’s Guidance for Safe In-Person Showings.
  • Short-term rentals (for example, cottages, cabins) are only to be provided to individuals who are in need of housing.
  • The Province has put a moratorium on residential evictions for the next 28 days.

Vaccinations are a priority for the Province. OREA staff have met with vaccination officials and will be communicating with Members soon about what they can expect when it comes to the Province’s vaccination plan rollout.

As REALTORS®, let’s continue to do our part. Please make sure to follow all public health guidelines and stay safe as we work to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Thank you,

David Oikle
OREA President

Tom Ferry & Jason Pantana

For more information, please visit: https://windsorrealestate.com/wecar-webinar-series/

Don’t miss out – REGISTER TODAY for this motivational webinar!

When: Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time:  10:00a-12:00p (Tom Ferry) & 12:00p-1:00p (Jason Pantana)
Cost: $15+HST/ticket (portion of funds will be donated to food banks)

Tom Ferry will be doing his segment on:

What Agents Can Be Doing Right Now to Grow Their Business

  • Mindset
  • How to use data to get out of your head and back into massive action!
  • The 4 most important decisions Tom’s clients are making now to powerfully move their businesses forward!
    • Listing Strategies and more

Followed by Jason Pantana on:

SUPERCHARGED LEAD NURTURING

How to get your leads from “friend-zone to end-zone” (professionally speaking 🤣)

  • Extreme Emailing:  what to send – when to send – how to send
  • The ins-and-outs of RETARGETING (Facebook, Google, Instagram, and more!)
  • B.R.A.N.D. Blitz: THE campaign playbook to drive (massive) top-of-mind-awareness. 

(Digital) secrets to high-performance CONVERSION

Updates from the City of Brampton & Region of Peel

Dear Friends,

The Government of Ontario announced a provincewide shutdown effective April 3, 2021, which will remain in effect for Ontario including the Region of Peel for at least four weeks. For information on safety measures please visit: Government of Ontario announces provincewide shutdown in effect April 3

On Thursday April 8th at 6:30pm Mayor Brown, my downtown area councillor colleagues and I will be hosting a Downtown Brampton Tele Town Hall and will be providing an update and overview of several projects and investments affecting downtown. Please register to join at www.brampton.ca/engage.

I will also be hosting a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday April 13th at 7pm, that will discuss how the Region of Peel is supporting our communities’ most vulnerable, information on housing support and our housing and homelessness strategy will be provided. Please register at https://bit.ly/3lR7AfT to join.

At the March 30th Committee of Council meeting, I presented a motion that was passed unanimously, directing The City of Brampton to begin discussions with Metrolinx regarding the future of our Downtown Brampton Transit Hub,  and explore the potential electrification of their respective bus fleets. Through electrification, the City of Brampton can leverage the benefits of electric bus technology resulting in reductions in air and noise pollution within our community. Along with environmental benefits, by partnering with Metrolinx we can build a more efficient and cost-effective transit system, through the use of shared infrastructure and technologies.

Below you will find information on the vaccine priority groups and clinic locations, however as the information is updated frequently I encourage you to visit peelregion.ca and follow @regionofpeel on social media for news on COVID-19 and vaccine availability. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Peel Public Health’s COVID-19 call centre at 905-799-7700 or my office at 905-874-2634 or martin.medeiros@brampton.ca

Upcoming OREA Standard Forms Webinar – Form 320 – Identifying You and Your Brokerage – April 28, 2021

Join OREA’s Standard Forms Team for another informative Forms
Webinar on April 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., entitled Form 320 – Identifying
You and Your Brokerage, led by Cassandra Agnew Walker, OREA’s
Head of Standard Forms.
This Webinar will review the Form 320, Confirmation of Co-operation
and Representation content, including:
Identifying all Agreement parties
Reviewing inserting one or more Brokerage(s) involved
Special information for comment sections
Multiple Representation, when and where do people sign
Disclosing Commission/Renumeration agreements

April 28, 2021
1:00 PM EST
Save your seat!
Coming Soon
Mark your calendars for these upcoming 2021 Forms Webinars:
Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
entitled, ‘Forms for Brokerage to Brokerage Communication’
Wednesday, June 30, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
entitled, ‘New Member Forms & Clause Must-Knows’
*All access to Forms Webinars must be made through your Member login only. This
OREA resource is for Member participation.

Invite to Partner Boards: TRREB’s Inaugural Real Women Event: Get Inspired Through Fearless Leadership

TRREB is hosting our inaugural Real Women Event virtually on April 14th at 10:00 am. As a partner board, we would like to take this opportunity to open this complimentary event to your members. You can simply forward the email below, and your members can register simply by clicking on the registration link provided. Seating is limited, so we encourage you to share with your members as soon as possible.

This is a must-attend Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) event featuring incredible women entrepreneurs with fascinating stories about conquering obstacles to become bold leaders.

I invite you to join us on April 14 at 10:00 a.m. for Real Women as I host this event with the Women in Real Estate Task Force including Co-Chair Jennifer Evelyn

At our first women-focused virtual event, you’ll hear real-world experiences from fearless leaders encouraging others to believe in themselves, better understand their strengths and focus on their passions. 

Don’t miss successful entrepreneur and body language expert Pamela Barnum on ways we can interpret non-verbal cues and adjust our own body language to build trust and negotiate better deals. And hear from TRREB CEO John DiMichele on what we’re doing to support social justice, diversity and inclusion.

Plus, hear candid conversations about real issues facing real women in the real estate industry, the workplace and beyond. Our lineup of impressive women leaders will delve into what it takes to be a success, how to overcome challenges and handle difficult conversations while paving the way for the next generation.

Power Talk Panelists:

  • Elli Davis – TRREB Member for 35+ Years 
  • Camille Dundas – Co-Founder of ByBlacks.com and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant 
  • Michelle Goodridge – Founder of R.E.A.L.

This is a complimentary event. Register here to attend.

Sincerely,

Lisa Patel

President

Toronto Regional Real Estate Board

BREAKING: Government of Ontario Announces Provincewide Emergency Brake Shutdown

Today, the Government of Ontario announced an emergency brake shutdown for all public health regions in the province. The shutdown restrictions will take effect as of Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 am and will be in effect for 28 days.

For more information on the emergency brake shutdown and the new restrictions, visit the Government of Ontario’s COVID-19 shutdown zone page.

What does this mean for you and your region?

During this emergency brake shutdown, everyone in Ontario is strongly advised to stay at home, avoid social gatherings, minimize travel between zones, and limit contact with those from outside of their household.

Open Houses & Door Knocking

Starting Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 12:01 am, open houses are prohibited across the province. Scheduled in-person showings are permitted, provided they follow all health and safety guidelines. Even then, I urge Ontario REALTORS® to advise clients to use virtual open houses, virtual showings, and digital documents first and to the greatest extent possible.

This also means door-to-door knocking and canvassing neighbourhoods should not be taking place at this time. REALTORS® are strongly advised to connect with clients primarily through phone and video calls.

For safe in-person showings protocol, please visit OREA’s Guidance for Safe In-Person Showings. This guidance document also includes information about showing tenanted properties. It is critically important that REALTORS® work proactively and positively with tenants to accommodate their concerns around health and safety and take every care not to put them at risk.

For the Government of Ontario announcement, please visit the Ontario Newsroom News Release.

While this is certainly tough news to hear, I know how resilient and adaptable Ontario REALTORS® are. Let’s continue to follow all public health measures in order to keep our communities safe, protect our clients and curb the spread of COVID-19 and the variants of concern.

Thank you,

David Oikle
OREA President

Ontario Doubles Size of Small Business Support Grant

Protecting our economy starts with protecting our small businesses and the people who pour everything into making them grow.

That’s why our government is doubling the Ontario Small Businesses Support Grant.

Announced in last week’s Budget, confirmed, eligible recipients of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will automatically receive a second payment equal to the amount of their first payment, for minimum total support of $20,000 up to a maximum of $40,000 — no new application necessary.

Through this record investment—the largest ever small business investment anywhere in Canada—the Ontario Small Business Support Grant is projected to deliver an estimated $3.4 billion to approximately 120,000 small businesses across Ontario, protecting jobs through this difficult time. 

And to meet the unique and individual needs of our hardworking small businesses, we’re providing this support with maximum flexibility in mind.  Whether it’s funds to maintain inventory, an investment in new technology, or some extra help to cover wages to help employees make ends meet – we want small businesses across Ontario to put this support to work for them.

Confirmed eligible businesses can expect to receive their second payment later in the spring.

Eligible business owners who have not yet applied for the grant have until March 31, 2021, to submit an application. A detailed list of businesses eligible for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant is available on the application page. Business owners can also visit Ontario.ca/COVIDsupport for more information about this grant as well as Ontario’s other supports for businesses.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Natalia Tkacz, Director of Stakeholder Relations at natalia.tkacz@ontario.ca

Hope is truly on the horizon, and we’re giving our small businesses the support they need to stay safe, stay solvent, and stay competitive—through this pandemic and beyond.

Best,

Manav Sidhu | Special Assistant
Office of the Honourable Prabmeet Sarkaria | MPP Brampton South
Associate Ministry of Small Business & Red Tape Reduction 
56 Wellesley Street West, 7th Floor | Toronto Ontario, M5S 2S3 
7700 Hurontario St Unit 412A | Brampton Ontario, L6Y 4M3 
E: manav.sidhu@ontario.ca  

MPAC Webinars – April schedule

While many businesses and organizations have slowed during the pandemic to prevent the spread of COVID-19 our Business Development team has found new ways to support the more than 80,000 REALTORS® in Ontario.
Your members are invited to join one of our webinars focused on educating REALTORS® on MPAC’s role, how we assess properties, and how our data can help attract new clients and support property sales transactions.

Province-wide assessment update continues to be postponed

Good Afternoon,

Yesterday, as part of the Ontario Government’s 2021 spring budget, the Minister of Finance announced the decision to once again postpone a province-wide property assessment update due to the pandemic.

Property assessments for the 2022 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 assessed values.

In addition, the budget notes that the government will hold consultations on the timing and valuation date for the next assessment update and that outcomes will be communicated this fall.

MPAC will continue to maintain our extensive property database reflective of all property changes that happen each year in every property sector, in every corner of the province.

Please feel welcome to share this update with your members.

Kind Regards,

Chris Fusco, AIMA

Director of Real Estate & Strategic Accounts

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation 

Direct: 647-493-7656

Main:  1-877-671-6722 x 301chris.fusco@mpac.cawww.propertyline.ca