Guest Columns

Guest Columns

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Certification for a stager is as important as a real estate license is to an agent. Why?  Simply so people know what to expect when hiring a stager.

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When buying or selling a home, we know that working with a regulated real estate professional is in the consumer's best interest. With that in mind, it’s important to reflect upon what defines professionalism in the industry.

Tim Hudak is CEO of the Ontario Real Estate Association.

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TRESA will modernize Ontario’s outdated real estate rules while strengthening consumer protection and fixing the broken real estate discipline system.

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Our very purpose at the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is to support our REALTOR® members. So, when we heard you needed more from WEBForms®, we delivered CREA WEBForms® 2019.

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As the cost of ownership housing also steadily increases, more would-be real estate purchasers are lingering in the rental market for longer.

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As a regulator, our most important responsibility is to educate consumers. It’s a lot easier when you and the consumer are both well informed.

From left: Tara Petch, director of partnerships, Habitat HM; Bob Van de Vrande, 2019 RAHB president; Tim Mattioli and Bruce Moran, RAHB members and former HOAP board members; and John Gerrard, CEO, Habitat HM.

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The Realtors Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) recently stepped up to support Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga but more long-term support is needed.

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The new minority government could be just what Canada needs to pull it out of this housing quagmire, which only seems to have gotten muddier since the Liberals took power in 2015.

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While the go-to markets for this new-found interest in recreational properties tend to be in vacation spots in Canada, many may not realize the advantages of investing in the U.S.

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Whenever I speak to real estate boards and brokers of record, I like to remind them that consumer protection is a shared responsibility between the provincial real estate regulator and the profession.