Are exclusive listings gaining traction in sellers’ markets?

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The “exclusive” (or non-MLS) listing has been more widely used in our sellers’ market conditions in Ottawa during the last couple of years.

Sean Morrison: Four ideas. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

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The OREA board landed on four bold, new ideas. Before we greenlight these programs, we want to hear from our members one last time about which new services will provide the greatest benefits.

COVID-19 and the safety of big city living

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COVID-19 hit some large cities early in the pandemic. The idea that density raises the risk of contagion may sound straightforward, but on examination, its premise is not well supported by data.

David Larock: Why CMHC president Evan Siddall went rogue

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House prices have gone up, not down, and the debt-deferral cliff CMHC's outgoing president Evan Siddall warned about is also looking less ominous.

How to create a winning listing presentation

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The listing presentation could be a simple conversation with a homeowner. But most successful agents include slide decks, documents and visuals to execute their expertise.

Addressing racism in real estate

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Approximately 10 days ago, we sent a message to our client community about the importance of educating ourselves on how to better take a stand against racism of any kind.

Turning to real estate regulators in times of crisis

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Real estate regulators have a crucial role to play in how the industry adapts and pivots through the stages of the pandemic and how it recovers afterwards.

Leadership lessons during the COVID crisis

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We are of the belief that if you do not connect with a client during the COVID-19 crisis, then you might as well remove them from your client list.

Agents who specialize will recover their business faster

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We are facing the strong possibility of a recession and depressed markets because of the uncertain trajectory of COVID-19. However, when the market rebounds – and it will – owning a niche or specialization will be essential in helping agents revive their businesses all the more quickly.

Title insurance critical to fight fraud in uncertain times

Real estate, insurance and legal industries in particular are facing significant hurdles when closing deals, and services like title insurance have never been more important.