Important Information for Upcoming Learning and Development Courses

Are you or your members looking to gain new skills and prepare for future growth in the real estate industry?

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is offering an array of courses this fall to help board or association leadership and REALTORS® achieve elite designations, including courses for the Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation, Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, and National Leadership Program (NLP).

Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) Designation

The CRB designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual and office performance, and equip real estate professionals with the essential knowledge they need to practice brokerage management.

We’re offering five different CRB courses, hosted virtually through CREA’s Learning Hub. Each course takes seven hours to complete and is spread across two days.

Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation

The CIPS designation provides REALTORS® the education, resources, and network they need to help their clients invest in real estate abroad.

CIPS courses take six hours to complete and can be completed virtually or in person. When your members register for two or more courses, they’ll receive up to 20% off.

National Leadership Program (NLP)

NLP turnkey courses help leaders improve their decision-making, give them a better understanding of their role in advancing the strategic plan, help advance their communication skills and improve confidence.

These courses are offered in a virtual or in-person format, varying in length from one to three hours. The courses can be offered as a standalone professional development opportunity, as a pre-course to an upcoming industry event, or through collaborating with a neighbouring board/association. Our turnkey solution allows you flexibility to control when and how you take the courses.

If you have any questions, contact CREA’s Learning and Development Team at learning@crea.ca.

Less Than Two Weeks Left: Switch to REALM™

REALM™ helps you get more done with all the property data you need in one place. Get started and move your data to REALM™ before September 27. As of this date, you will no longer be able to use or access Collaborate.

Here’s how to start your switch:

Easily use REALM™’s built-in assistant to migrate your contacts, documents and saved searches from Collaborate. You can also watch this quick video to learn how.

Or, follow this step-by-step guide:

  • Visit the Show me how” tab to explore the onboarding tutorials, walk-throughs and other helpful resources on the features and functions of REALM™. On your desktop, it’s accessible on the right side of your screen.
  • Click “Onboarding” and scroll to the bottom. A step-by-step guided migration from Collaborate to REALM™ will start.

Three Things to Know

  1. The credentials your clients used in Collaborate are the same in REALM™.
  2. When you upgrade to REALM™, your clients in Collaborate are notified.
  3. Once your migration from Collaborate to REALM™ is done, all your clients need to do is check their inbox for the confirmation email and follow the steps to log in to REALM™.

Looking to Learn More?

Visit REALM™ Home for free webinars, training videos and a handy FAQ. Plus, discover important news about enhancements and how to download the REALM™ app.

August 2022 CREA statistics and Quarterly forecast

Canadian home sales post small decline from July to August
Ottawa, ON, September 15, 2022 – 
Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show national home sales slowed slightly in August 2022.

Highlights:

  • National home sales edged down 1% on a month-over-month basis in August.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) monthly activity came in 24.7% below August 2021.
  • The number of newly listed properties dropped 5.4% month-over-month.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) edged down 1.6% month-over-month but was still up 7.1% year-over-year.
  • The actual (not seasonally adjusted) national average sale price posted a 3.9% year-over-year decline in August.

Home sales recorded over Canadian MLS® Systems edged down a slight 1% between July and August 2022. While this was the sixth consecutive month-over-month decline in housing activity, it was the smallest of the six as the national sales slowdown triggered by rising interest rates continues to moderate. 
 
Access the August 2022 stats PDF.


CREA Updates Resale Housing Market Forecast 
Ottawa, ON September 15, 2022 – 
The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) has updated its forecast for home sales activity via the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) Systems of Canadian real estate boards and associations in 2022 and 2023. 

With interest rates on the rise, home sales have continued to cool. In some parts of the country, home prices have fallen from their peaks reached earlier this year, are flat in some regions, and are still climbing in others. The issue of not enough homes for sale has not gone away.

Access the September 2022 forecast PDF.

Member.CREA.ca Set to Replace REALTOR Link®

As a member of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), REALTORS® have access to a wide array of business tools, resources, real estate market data and services designed to help their business succeed—and you can find them all on the new member.CREA.ca!

This new platform replaces some parts of REALTOR Link®.

Earlier this year, we asked boards and associations to migrate their content from REALTOR Link® to a new platform. CREA has done the same and has now shifted its content to member.CREA.ca, which goes live on September 15. On member.CREA.ca, your members will still be able to find popular content and tools, including:

  • legal and compliance resources such as FINTRAC;
  • latest housing market data and analysis, including national monthly stats;
  • federal and public outreach information and key lobbying issues;
  • information on upcoming CREA events;
  • links to Listing Statistics, CREA WEBForms®, the CREA Learning Hub; and
  • so much more!

If you or your members have any questions, please contact the Member Experience Centre at support@crea.ca.

CREA – Research on REALTOR® Professionalism

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is moving forward with the final phase of its research project on professionalism among REALTORS® in Canada.

Our goal is to develop a professionalism framework to promote and strengthen a culture of professionalism among REALTORS®.

As we continue to roll out the research process, CREA will be contacting members to recruit participants to complete an online survey. The research will be managed by Dr. Mark Fleming and his research team at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Participation is voluntary.

Participants will be asked to share their unique perspectives on professionalism in the real estate industry and contribute to improving the perception of REALTORS® in Canada. Their feedback will inform future educational and development opportunities provided by CREA.

If you have any questions about the research project, please contact CREA’s Learning and Development Team at learning@crea.ca.

CREA Office Closed for Labour Day

The Canadian Real Estate Association’s (CREA) office will be closed on Monday, September 5 for Labour Day and will reopen on Tuesday, September 6.

CREA’s Member Experience Centre will not be available on Monday, September 5. CREA WEBForms® support will be available from 8 a.m. until midnight (EDT). 

If you have any questions, please direct them to support@crea.ca prior to Friday, September 2.

Have a safe and happy long weekend.

MPAC September Webinars for REALTORS®

Factors Affecting Residential Property Value
 
This webinar is a continuation of our MPAC Assessment 101 webinar series. We take a more detailed look at the top 5 factors affecting real property value when using mass appraisal techniques.
 
Participants will also learn about other property features that can significantly affect property value. These include elements of primary and secondary structures, site details and locational influences.
 
Join us for a more thorough look at MPAC’s valuation process.
Upcoming Factors Affecting Residential Property Value webinars
 
Friday, September 16, 2022
10 to 11 a.m. EDT
Register now
 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
10 to 11 a.m. EDT
Register now
Automated Valuation Models (AVM) for REALTORS®
 
This webinar provides an overview of our real-time market value estimates, used for listing presentations, setting the listing price, supporting an offer, or simply as a second unbiased opinion of value.
Upcoming Automated Valuation Models (AVMs) for REALTORS® webinars
 
Thursday, September 29, 2022
10 to 11 a.m. EDT
Register now
Assessment 101 for REALTORS®
 
MPAC Assessment 101 webinar has been customized for Ontario REALTORS®.
 
Training provides an overview of how MPAC collects data, measures properties, and instructions on calculating property taxes. We show REALTORS® how to access Assessment, Site, Structural, and Sales Data and provide an overview of our Automated Valuation Model (AVM) products customized for REALTORS®.
Upcoming Assessment 101 for REALTORS® webinars
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
10 to 11 a.m. EDT
Register now
 
Thursday, September 22, 2022
10 to 11 a.m. EDT
Register now
Assessment 101 for Commercial REALTORS®
 
This webinar provides an overview of our methods for valuing commercial, multi-res and industrial properties. We will also take a detailed view at the data offered in sample reports. Participants will learn about assessment basics as well.
 
Join us for a more thorough look at MPAC’s Commercial and Industrial data products.
Upcoming Assessment 101 for Commercial REALTORS® webinars
 
Tuesday, September 13, 2022
10 to 11 a.m. EDT
Register now
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
10 to 11 a.m. EDT
Register now

Time is Ticking: Move Your Data from Collaborate to REALM™

Get a head start and switch to REALM™.

As of September 27, 2022, you will no longer be able to use or access Collaborate.

This mobile-friendly MLS® System helps you stay organized and connected with your clients while increasing your productivity on the go.

It’s easy to move your data. REALM™’s built-in assistant migrates your contacts, documents and saved searches from Collaborate. Watch below to find out how.

It only takes two steps.

  • Visit the “Show me how” tab to explore the onboarding tutorials, walk-throughs and other helpful resources on the features and functions of REALM™. On your desktop, it’s accessible on the right side of your screen.
  • Click on “Onboarding” and scroll to the bottom. A step-by-step guided migration from Collaborate to REALM™ will start.

Discover REALM™ Home

This is your one-stop shop for all things REALM™, including:

  • Access to free webinars
  • Handy FAQs
  • Important news about enhancements
  • Training videos and how to download the REALM™ app.

Find Out More

Declines in Canadian Home Prices Slow in July

“The National Aggregate MLS® Home Price Index edged down 1.7% in July compared to June but the decline was smaller than in June, which was the first sign of deceleration on the price side” says Senior Economist, Shaun Cathcart.

In July 2022, the average price of homes sold across Ontario was $831,473, down 0.5% in comparison to July 2021

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