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Canada Real Estate Referrals | Cross Canada Referrals – CCR

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Referrals | Posted on 25-11-2015

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Canada Real Estate Referrals - http://www.CrossCanadaReferrals.com - Cross Canada Referrals or the CCR Group is a membership of about 80 RE/MAX real estate agents that have joined together from different cities across Canada. They share ideas, brainstorm, network and refer real estate buyers and sellers to each other... and of course have a little fun while they are at it.

These RE/MAX real estate agents are energetic, hardworking, caring and dedicated, ensuring a smooth transition for your buyers and sellers relocating from your real estate market to their real estate market.

If you would like to become a member of Cross Canada Referrals and qualify meeting the standards of being an outstanding real estate agent in your respective market, or if you have a client moving into one of the Cross Canada Referral markets, reach out and connect either by phone or email with confidence that your clients will be looked well after!

New Canada Anti Spam Rules That Will Affect You

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in How to Web Page | Posted on 10-06-2014

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If you are Canadian, on July 1st there will be a new set of email rules that may affect you.

These rules are being set out by the federal government under a new Anti-Spam Legislation and should be taken seriously as penalties can be extreme, ranging into the millions. For a more in depth explanation follow the link below.

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/casl-lcap.htm

CRTC

Where most of us will be focused is on the section, consent to send email. There are three general requirements for sending email to an electronic address. You need (1) consent, (2) identification information and (3) an unsubscribe mechanism. There are two types of consent – express and implied.

Express consent is having written or some other form of proof, implied can be deemed by the fact that you have sent to an address for years and have included proper identification and a removal option.

Where it gets interesting for people such as real estate agents or other sales professionals, is when someone gives you a business card. Yes... you are allowed to send the person email as long as it relates to their official business capacity. However, if they asked not to be included on any email list, sending to them could open the proverbial can of worms.

One of the safest ways to ensure you are on the right side of the law is to forward an email such as this to your entire email list explaining these current events, include your identification and an unsubscribe option to remove themselves from any future email.

What I do not favor about this type of law is email from computer driven, offshore senders which is often the bigger problem, will not be effected. However there are ways to deal with these senders, one of which I have included in the Post Script.

 

Because change in necessary,

 

James Osmar
SellingToolz Ltd.
http://SellingToolz.com
1241 Beaverbrook Ave
London, ON

 

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Canadian Realtors® Beware

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 04-02-2013

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I just took this off of a Realtors® page and I think it is something all
Canadian real estate agents should be very concerned about.

Today is the last day to voice your concerns over Industry Canada's imposing limitations on contacting past clients via email.They are proposing that you will not be allowed to contact past clients after three years without consent from the client. I encourage you to email them today at info@ic.gc.ca

The concerned agent wrote the following wrote them the following...

"I am writing in objection to the two year limit on contacting past clients. The sales cycle for a Realtor® is approximately seven (7) years as that is the average time in which Canadian’s move. Limiting our ability to keep in touch with past clients via E Newsletters and periodic market updates sent by email will impact my business and hence the amount of taxes I pay to the Government of Canada. I don’t understand why the bureaucrats of the Government are systematically choking the life out of the entrepreneurial spirit of businesses, especially small businesses, when all levels of Government supposedly support and endorse business efforts. If you kill businesses ability to generate business the unemployment rate will skyrocket,revenue to the Government will decline and Government jobs will be in jeopardy.

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And For Further Clarity 

Significant Lobbying Success Eases Burden of Compliance for REALTORS®

When anti-spam rules that regulate the sending of commercial e-mail, text and other electronic communication come into force sometime this year, they will be much easier to comply with as a result of extensive and intensive lobbying by REALTORS® and CREA. Seven lobbying successes, highlighted below, preserve important marketing practices and significantly ease the compliance burden of this framework.

1.A transitional provision allows REALTORS® to send electronic messages to clients without express consent for three years, provided the relationship existed before the new rules come into force.

2.The amount of time REALTORS® can stay in touch with a client without express consent after a sale was extended by an additional six months to 24 months total.

3.REALTORS® can follow up with a potential client after exchanging contact information, including at a networking event, so long as the message is relevant to the recipient's business.

4.Express consent to send commercial electronic messages can be obtained orally or in writing. Prior to our lobbying efforts consent could only be acquired in writing.

5.A tremendous amount of information about the sender was required in a request for consent to send an e-mail and in each subsequent message. Our efforts reduced the required amount significantly to include only basic contact information.

6.A requirement to have a website in order to send a commercial electronic message was removed.

7.The regime's unsubscribe requirement was significantly streamlined. REALTORS® only need to provide a single functioning unsubscribe mechanism to consumers.

Materials for REALTORS®, Boards and Associations that outline obligations in a format that is easy to understand and implement will be available well before members need to comply with the new rules.

http://SellingToolz.com

2010 Winter Olympics Montage – Stephen Brunt Video Essay

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Random | Posted on 05-03-2010

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What these games mean to Canada...
Stephen Brunt from the Globe and Mail sends in a Video Essay to CTV.
htttp://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opi nions/columnists/stephen-brunt/

Ending Song: Red Heart by "Hey Rosetta", Thanks viremarthius

Video or Content Blogs are an excellent way to get your message out there

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October home sales improve 41.5 per cent year over year, marking monthly record

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 16-11-2009

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OTTAWA - Canadian home resales improved 41.5 per cent year over year to 42,288 units in October, a record for the month, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association.

The national average price for homes listed on the Multiple Listing Service also reached a new high in October at $341,079. This was 20.7 per cent higher than the same month last year.

New sales records for the month were reported in one-fifth of local markets, including Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, MLS home sales totalled 45,818 units in October, two per cent higher than the previous record set in May 2007 and 74 per cent above the recent low in January.

"Low interest rates and upbeat consumer confidence continue to release the pent-up demand that built late last year and earlier this year," stated CREA president Dale Ripplinger.

"The release of that pent-up demand has boosted national sales activity to new heights and is drawing down inventories."

The sharp rise in demand for homes has shrunk inventories to 194,994 or a seasonally adjusted 4.1 months worth, the lowest level in more than two years and 20.8 per cent below the peak reached a year ago. This is the sixth month in a row in which inventories are down from year-ago levels.

Seasonally adjusted new listings on MLS were slightly higher in October compared to September at 65,148 units. New listings peaked in May 2008, then declined until March 2009, and have remained relatively steady since then.

"New listings are still expected to rise in the coming months in response to headline average price increases," stated CREA chief economist Gregory Klump.

"New supply dropped dramatically in December last year and earlier this year in response to a difficult pricing environment. Sellers who moved to the sidelines should be drawn back to the market as prices rise further over the rest of the year and in early 2010."

Real Estate Agents – Day Timers and Prospecting

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Social Traffic | Posted on 20-10-2008

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This is the time of year to start working on your business plan.

I have laid out a guideline for my team to follow and I believe if they work on these simple steps, success is all but guaranteed.

The first step is to block out your calender, with your prospecting being your most important appointment of the day. Use a pencil (in case of changes) and block out all the times that are going to complete your day and do this well in advance of the day you are going to work on the task at hand.

Many of you will say that your family is more important; it is acceptable to build your calender based on this approach. However, remember that airlines will tell you to put your oxygen mask on yourself first in order to be able to help the people beside you.

Prospecting is the oxygen you will need to be successful in real estate sales as well s any other selling profession, if you want to help your family - look after your business and your business will look after you.

You should also try to do some of your prospecting at the office as opposed to calling at home. If you have a hard time disciplining yourself to make the calls that are required to reach your goals it is probably because the couch is winning out over the phone.

Follow these simple rules you will be on top of your game and sales and referrals will follow. More importantly if you can not master the phone or stopping in to visit buyers and sellers, you might want to consider another career other then real estate sales.

The time that you block out for prospecting or what I would like to re phrase is calling your list, mailing them personal notes and dropping by to visit people that can send you referrals should be done as routinely as taking a shower.

Make just five contacts a day in each of these three suggested areas and you will be successful. If you are new to the business then you should be spending most of your day looking for business, because the people that you are trying to serve are not going to come looking for you.

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