The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) and the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) are butting heads over whether or not real estate professionals need to register as travel agents if involved with short-term rental businesses
Baby boomers and the pre-war generation have it easier in terms of home ownership
In hot markets like Toronto and Vancouver, open houses are increasingly seen as superfluous, but some industry players caution agents not to count out their potential to build your business.
It’s the inventory challenge Canadian agents don’t talk enough about, but it’s nonetheless drawing both institutional and mom-and-pop buyers south of the border – and into the hands of American brokers.
The latest in the debate on commissions has some agents pointing the finger at their high-rolling counterparts, arguing sky-high payouts are overly opulent, not well-deserved.
The housing market in British Columbia has seen one of the country’s biggest increases in sales activities in the past year, according to the British Columbia Real Estate Association, beating out both Alberta and Ontario.
Brokers may continue to debate the fiduciary obligations around so-called stigmatized properties, but with one particular type they’re increasingly having to go beyond the letter of the law.
Despite frustration regarding the number of so-called bad agents, Canada’s largest regulator says it’s not going to restrict the number of licences it hands out.
Most successful real estate businesses are fed by referrals, but earning that word-of-mouth business takes time.
Nude models might help sell most things, but this real estate agency learned the hard way that scandalous advertising shots can also lead to costly damage control.
Of course your selling clients need to disclose any issues with their property, but whether or not they should complete a seller disclosure form is a whole other matter, increasingly dividing agents on the form’s supposed benefits.
It’s the market you’ve dreamed of breaking into, but selling in the million-dollar range isn’t as easy as it looks, say agents, pointing to the small number of potential buyers with higher budgets.
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