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I’m writing this letter hoping that some people from FINTRAC can help me (and maybe other Realtors) understand why we are still filling forms and collecting private information from our clients.
Matthew Fernandes

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Matthew Fernandes, a sales rep with Sutton Group Realty Systems, personally organized a toy drive for the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish program, which delivers toys to children and funds support services for families.

NEWS

Century 21 Dome recently donated $66,478 to Easter Seals. From left: Nolan Tabashniuk; Jason Cossette, manager; Amy Weekes of SaskAbilities; Brent Ackerman; and Jonah Franklin.

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Long-time owners Francis Bast and Rod Spence have passed the torch to new chief operating officer Nolan Tabashniuk, along with Jonah Franklin, Brent Ackerman and Carla Browne.

COLUMNISTS

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Digital messages are notoriously misinterpreted because of the intrinsically cold anonymity. Because there’s no voice inflection or casual remarks, no smiles thrown into the mix, choose your words and phrases carefully.
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In this short video, David Greenspan reminds us that real estate is a relationship business, and the way people perceive you is key to getting new business. What are you doing to improve what people think of you?


ADVICE FOR AGENTS

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We live in a connected age where people’s patience is low and their demands are high, so even if you return their call in an hour, to them it feels like an eternity.

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Having always considered myself a good, hard working and fashionably dressed real estate agent, I was shocked when a client contacted my assistant on another matter and told her how disappointed they were.

PRODUCTS & TECH

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The Association of Family Offices in Asia has announced a partnership with Chinese property platform Juwai.com, which will make it easier for Chinese and other wealthy Asian investors to access international real estate.

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Robot real estate agents aren’t about to take over the industry, but more brokers and agents are seeing the benefit of chatbots – software programs that can engage in conversations – to help them do business.

BOARDS & ASSOCIATIONS

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver officers Jill Oudil, president; Phil Moore, president elect and Keith Liedtke, vice president, help with the Blanket Drive.

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More than 36,000 Lower Mainland residents in B.C. will receive blankets and warm clothing this winter thanks to donations collected during the 23rd annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive.
From left: Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board Communication & Public Relations Committee members, from left, Kathy Murphy, Amy Hayes, Missy Stephens and Melanie Kelders present the cheque to Rob VandenEnde, Habitat for Humanity board chair/president.

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The Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board presented cheques to two local charities at its Annual General Meeting in December. The recipients were Habitat for Humanity Sarnia/Lambton and Inn of the Good Shepherd.