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             Real News                                                                                 May 2010 Volume 291




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HALTON SYMPOSIUM AND TRADESHOW
September 16, 2010
The Oakville Conference Centre

“Safely Surfing the Technology Wave”

Psst, have you heard the rumour ...Trump is coming!




OMDREB Annual Golf Tournament
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Piper’s Heath Golf Club

A Fun-Day, Scramble format with a ton of excitement
FOR GOLFERS & NON-GOLFERS ALIKE. More information
inside...




ROYAL LEPAGE SHELTER FOUNDATION
Garage Sale and Fun Day

In support of Halton Women’s Place
Date: Saturday, May 15th
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.




      “We provide our Members with the best resources and representation to serve the real estate needs of our community”.
2010 Halton Symposium                                        NEWS FLASH
and Tradeshow
                                                             Did you know!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Oakville Conference Centre                                   In Milton...
                                                             Milton is the only community in
This year a major component of the Tradeshow will focus on   Ontario with top 10 standings, in
Technology & Real Estate! There are some great speakers      five distinctive categories: Growth,
being lined up.                                              Median Age, Median Age of Labour
                                                             Force, Education Attainment and
Registration forms will be released sometime in June         Income. Unlike the rest of the prov-
through ‘MyStore - Events & Education’ tab.                  ince, and the country as a whole, Mil-
                                                             ton is getting younger and sits as the
                                                             second youngest community in the
•	 5 CE Credit Day!                                          Greater Toronto Area with a Median
•	 4 Sponsors are on board!                                  age of 34.4 years.
•	 50 Exhibitors booked to-date!
                                                             Take to the Streets on June 5, 2010
The rumour is TRUMP is coming...                             for the fourth annual Downtown
                                                             Milton Street Festival.

You don’t want to miss this!
                                                             In Oakville...
                                                             STOP THE POWER PLANT
                                                             Join Citizens for Clean Air at:
                                                             www.c4ca.org.
The President’s
                                                             Keep up-dated on current devel-


Charity
                                                             opments. Make a contribution to
                                                             help fund their legal, health, envi-
                                                             ronmental expertise.


of
   Choice
                                                             A lead person is needed for each
                                                             street in Oakville to help communi-
                                                             cate and coordinate our actions with
                                                             your neighbors. Volunteer to be a
                                                             street captain by e-mailing:
Jeff Mahannah invites you to attend the First Annual          StreetCaptains@c4ca.org

President’s Charity Gala                                     Be visible in your support, purchase a
in support of Habitat for Humanity, Halton                   lawn sign.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010                                    Attend meetings and rallies.
6:00 p.m. Cocktails • 7:00 Dinner
Oakville Convention Centre                                   Volunteer.

More details to follow!
President’s Message
Jeff Mahannah

The President’s Charity of Choice

Hello fellow OMDREB Members,

I am very pleased and excited to announce the first President’s Charity of Choice, which permits the President
of The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board to select a shelter-based organization as recipient of the
Board’s charitable efforts throughout the year. My choice to be the first recipient of our efforts is Habitat for
Humanity, Halton. This Spring two families will work with Habitat volunteers to build their new homes at the
corner of Elmwood and Margaret in Oakville.

The Board has committed ourselves to making home ownership possible for more members of our commu-
nity and will dedicate our efforts, time and communication vehicles to Habitat of Humanity throughout the
year. We have spent considerable time developing the guidelines, which are; that such charity shall be located
within the Board jurisdiction that it shall meet the definitions of a shelter-based organization.

Definition of Shelter- Based Organization: Shelter is defined as a refuge, haven or protection that provides or
improves quality of life from hunger, the elements, physical/psychological abuse, disabilities and illness.

Rational:
• Increases the profile and leadership of The Board and Members as strong corporate citizens that are
    committed to operating in a way which benefits the communities in which they work.
• Builds on external relationships.
• A benefit to the sitting President to highlight and bring attention to their charity of choice.

Support Offered can be in the form of but not restricted to:
• Donations of money raised from fund-raising events held during President’s term
• Time – volunteering opportunities, participating in events.
• Donation of needed items.
• Promotion to the Membership of Charity of Choice and its activities/services through Board communica-
   tion vehicles.
• Link to Charity website on public website – www.omdreb.on.ca.

Selection Process:
Incoming President to select a shelter-based organization (in the Board jurisdiction area) as their choice in
their sitting year

As part of this exciting new endeavor, we are planning the first President’s Charity Gala on November 2, 2010
to benefit Habitat for Humanity, Halton. Please stay tuned for details.

Sincerely,

Jeff Mahannah
President, OMDREB
MEMBERSHIP ACTIVITIES
                                                                          Enjoy a Fun-Day!
             The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board
                                                                   $125 includes green fees,
                                                                     cart, lunch & dinner or
                              ANNUAL                                        Dinner only, $45

                                GOLF                                Registration 11:00 a.m.
                          TOURNAMENT                               Shot Gun Start 1:00 p.m.
                                                                         Cash Bar 6:30 p.m.
                                                                          Dinner 7:00 p.m.
                                  Pipers Heath Golf Club
                                                                           Scramble Format
                                  Tuesday, June 15, 2010
                                                                               Rain or Shine

                                                                   BBQ Lunch sponsored by
                                                                       The Oakville Beaver

                                                                       Win a surprise gift at
                                                                        the Putting Contest
                                                                              sponsored by
                                                                         Royal LePage Real
                                                                        Estate Services Ltd.


                                                                        REGISTER ONLINE
                                                                                    Go to:
                                                                             ‘MyStore’ tab
                                                                                 Click on:
                                                                    ‘Education/Events’ tab




                                                                             Coming in
                                                                               June
                                   New Members Seminar
                                   SOCIAL MEDIA & REAL ESTATE

                                   FREE workshop for new OMDREB REALTORS®
                                   If you are new to real estate - 2 years or less - you are
                                   invited to attend this seminar.

                                   Two REALTORS® and OMDREB’s Manager of Communica-
                                   tion will share how to use Social Media and create your
                                   own online presence.
                                   Don’t miss this compelling workshop and be prepared
                                   to ask questions!
The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board Presents

                                                                                              Sponsored by
“MEET YOUR SPONSORS” at Boston Pizza in Milton
1085 Maple Avenue in Milton
                                                                            A.C.I.S.S. Home and
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Seminar
                                                                                    Commercial
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Complimentary Appetizers with a cash bar                Inspection and
1 CE CREDIT PLUS COMPLIMENTARY APPETIZERS
                                                                                    Consultants
ONLY $5.99 + GST (Cash Bar)
                                                                                                        and
REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY UPDATE ON HOME INSPECTIONS AND
INSURANCE” SEMINAR
• Infrared Thermography - Don’t Get Scammed by Scanning                              Insuranceland
• Up-date and Changes in the Insurance Industry
                                                                                            REGISTER ONLINE
                                                                                              VIA “MY STORE”
                                                                                                  UNDER THE
                                                                                       EDUCATION/EVENTS TAB




2010 Commercial Forum
Windsor, Ontario - Caesars Windsor Hotel - September 14- 16, 2010
INVITATION
The Canadian Commercial Council of REALTORS® of the Canadian Real Estate Association would like to
extend an invitation to the Commercial Committee/Division/Council Chairs and Staff Liaisons along with all
Presidents and Executive Officers of Boards and Associations from across Canada to the 2010 Commercial
Forum, hosted by the Commercial Council of the Windsor-Essex County Real Estate Board. The Forum will be
held at the Caesars Windsor where a block of rooms has been secured.

The first day of the Forum (September 15th) will include updates from the CCC and from the Windsor Board.
We will conduct a moderated session to determine the topics of the day. The afternoon will include a bus
tour to discover some of Windsor’s LEED certified sites. Dinner will follow at the Windsor Casino. September
16th will include roundtable discussions with breakout groups and a wrap-up with breakout results. There is
also an optional game of golf for those that want to wind down after the Forum.

The agenda has now been posted on the CREA Events website – be sure to check back for updates http://
events.crea.ca/events/ccc10.htm . Also included is information on hotel, travel and a registration form.
You’ve Got Questions, We Have Answers!
Samantha Featherstone, MLS® Supervisor at the OMDREB Board responds to questions put forward by
Members on REALTOR.ca.

If you have other questions you would like answered, contact us at pr@omdreb.on.ca and we will be happy to put
your questions and our answers in the next newsletter.

Question:     Why can’t I find my commercial listing on REALTOR.ca?

Answer:       REALTOR.ca lists Residential properties only. To find your commercial listing, log on to ICX.ca
                                                                                  You can also click on the ‘Commercial
                                                                                  Properties’ link at the bottom of the
                                                                                  page on REALTOR.ca to launch ICX.ca



Question:     Why is my residential property not mapped on REALTOR.ca?

Answer:       On the OMDREB Residential Data Sheet there is a field that reads ‘Display Address on
              Internet”. If you select NO for this field, your property will NOT be mapped on REALTOR.ca.
              Only those properties whose addresses are viewable (by indicating YES) in the ‘Distribute to
              Internet’ field will be indicated by a pin on the map, although all properties are displayed
              in the thumbnail list.



Question:     I have moved my map pin to the correct location on Matrix, but it is still incorrect on
              REALTOR.ca. How can I fix this?

Answer:       If you have corrected the pin location on Matrix and it is still incorrect on REALTOR.ca you may
              need to manually move the location of the pin by using the Property Relocation Module on
              REALTORLink.


                                                                            •	   Log on to REALTORLink
                                                                            •	   Click on CREA link at top of page
                                                                            •	   Click on TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS
                                                                            •	   Scroll down and click on ‘Property Relo-
                                                                                 cation Module
                                                                            •	   Enter your MLS® number, hit enter and
                                                                                 follow the instructions on the page to
                                                                                 move your map pin.
                                                                            •	   Once placed, click on ‘Save Location’
Association Executives
Institute Conference
Report from IT Manager, Hilary Morgan … Bragging Rights

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Association Executives Institute joint Canadian and American
conference in Quebec City this April. The event was hosted by CREA and NAR and offered numerous educa-
tional sessions, keynote speakers, workshops and social activities for Real Estate Board executives and admin-
istrators to engage in.

The range of sessions I attended dealt with such subjects as Social Media, Encouraging New Leaders, Mining
Your Database, MLS® - The Next Generation, Ethics and Risk Management and E Commerce.

The most satisfying professional moment occurred for me when, after attending several of the “Technology”
sessions, was the realization that our Board is definitely ‘leading edge’ of not only MLS® application technology
but Administrative Services technology. Tarasoft’s Matrix MLS® System is rated as one of the very quickest,
feature rich and intuitive products available. Our Board is also the envy of other Boards because of the cre-
ation of our ‘one of a kind’ Accounting and Membership database system -- which is wholly integrated with our
MLS® application called “My Store”.

I had many in-depth discussions with other Boards from across Canada and the U.S to compare and analyze
our System and technologies versus theirs – OMDREB won hands down. Although many Boards have been
tasked with creating a similar System, OMDREB’s “My Store” was the only fully integrated comprehensive ‘one
stop’ shop for paying dues, ordering products, registering for events and providing complete statements of
activity for Members.

There were a couple of online stores that some Boards had adapted, but none were fully integrated with their
MLS® Systems. AND… not one Board had a Membership System that was programmed to track Member pay-
ments , send out notifications and automatically restrict access to the MLS® System depending on Member-
ship status.

Our Membership database serves many departments at the Board office. The IT department is able to set the
‘security’ levels of individual Members, which gives specific levels of access within the MLS® application. The
Education department uses the ‘My Store’ to register Members for courses, collect payments, as well for email-
ing course confirmations, print name badges, etc. The Membership department tracks all vital information on
Members and can access numerous reports giving statistics on Member vs. Access member totals, administra-
tor use and any other combination of Membership data that would be relevant.

There is not one department or Board staff member that does use and benefit from the many features and
functions of the iMIS/My Store development.

Our MLS® and Membership technology is the envy of Board’s across North America. I am happy to report that
our investment has paid off. We are no longer following the pack or stuck in the middle… we are leading the
way and others want to follow.
Insurance Up-Date
                      Paul Hainer’s
                                                                       2800 Skymark Ave, Suite 400
                                                                       Mississauga, Ontario L4W 5A6
                                                                       www.insuranceland.ca/omdreb
                                                                       905-238-0668 ext 2322


Super Size Savings!
Here Is A Group Client That Saved THOUSANDS!
The proof of savings in my Group Auto and Home Insurance Program is truly in the numbers. So here they are.
My team last week alone saved a new group client thousands of dollars a year. Here is the comparison of what
this family paid last year versus now.

Their family saving on both their Auto and Home Insurance with the Great Group Auto and Home Insurance
Program. In just one phone call, we saved $2,575 for this happy client.

Vehicle 1                          2009 Ford Flex
Was Paying                                 $1,112             Major Auto Insurance
The Waterloo Premium                        $841              Reform Effective
Annual Savings                              $271
Percentage Saved                             24%
                                                              September 1, 2010
                                                              New regulations for Ontario Auto Insurance
Vehicle 2                       2008 Dodge Ram                will take effect on September 1, 2010. These
Was Paying                               $1,578               changes are part of the province’s mandato-
The Waterloo Premium                     $1,184               ry auto review that takes place every 5 years.
Annual Savings                             $394               These changes were introduced on March 2,
                                                              2010.
Percentage Saved                           25%
                                                              Between now and September, we will be send-
 Two Home Property Insurance
                                                              ing information to our clients as to the coming
 Primary Residence: 1970’s Bungalow                           changes. Additionally we will be hosting Free
 Rented Residence: 1900’s Victorian                           webinars to provide more details on the new
 Was Paying                                 $3,576            changes.
 The Waterloo Premium                       $1,666
 Annual Savings                             $1,910
 Percentage Saved                             53%             Give my Team a call today and see
                                                              just how much you can save!

                                                              905-238-0668 ext 2322

                                                              Thanks,
In the Know!

                      ...and be part of
                      your community!

  ORDER A LAWN SIGN


                                                                      Royal LePage Shelter
                                                                      Foundation
                                                                      Garage Sale and Fun
                                                                      Day

                                                                      Garage Sale and Fun Day
                                                                      In support of Halton Women’s Place

                                                                      Great deals for a great cause!
 Lively Dragon
 The 8th Annual Milton                                                Food - Kids Fun Zone - Games - Prizes -
                                                                      Bands – Celebrities – Bake Sale
 Charity Dragon Boat Event
                                                                      Date: Saturday, May 15th
 May 29, 2010
                                                                      Time: 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 at Kelso Park in Milton Ontario.
                                                                      At:   Atlas Van Lines Parking Lot
                                                                            485 North Service Road
 www.dragon-boats.com/milton
                                                                      For more information go to:
                                                                      www.oakvillegaragesale.ca




Habitat for Humanity, Halton
Adopt-A-Day
Whether you are already skilled in the construction field or you have never swung a hammer, your team
can be part of Habitat Halton’s Adopt-A-Day experience.

Spending a day on a Habitat for Humanity Halton build is a great way to help make the dream of home
ownership a reality for families living in need. What better way to learn the value of team building, co-
operation and leadership skills than by working with your co-workers and peers on this year’s build in
Oakville! Contact: http://www.habitathalton.ca
2010 OMDREB CONTINUING EDUCATION
Course                                           Dates          Location/Time                  Registration       Additional
                                                                                                                  Information
RECO Real Estate Update                          May 25         Contact OREA for               OREA               6 CE
Residential                                      July 6         location                       1.866.411.6732
                                                 August 16
                                                 September 20   9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.                             MANDATORY
                                                 November 8
Tarion Update: Illegal Building and              May 19         OMDREB Classroom               OMDREB             2 CE
Tarion Warranty
                                                                1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.          905.844.6491
Matrix Hands-On Training                         May 20         OMDREB Classroom               OMDREB             3 CE

                                                                1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.          905.844.6491
Databases 101                                    May 26         OMDREB Classroom               OMDREB             3 CE

                                                                1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.          905.844.6491
Matrix Hands-On Training                         May 27         OMDREB Classroom               OMDREB             3 CE

                                                                1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.          905.844.6491
Real Estate Industry Update on                   June 2         Boston Pizza MILTON            OMDREB             1 CE
Home Inspections and Insurance
                                                                2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.          905.844.6491
Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) Good June 7                          Royal LePage MILTON            OMDREB             2 CE
News and Bad News, Which Do you                                 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Want to Hear First?             2 Sessions                                                     905.844.6491
                                offered                         Oakville Library
                                                                2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Matrix Hands-On Training                       June 10          OMDREB Classroom               OMDREB             3 CE
This class is geared for those with average to
above-average computer literacy and keyboard-                   1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.          905.844.6491
ing skills (*fast paced)
Geowarehouse/MPAC                              June 18          OMDREB Classroom               OMDREB             2 CE
                                                                9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
                                                 2 Sessions     and                            905.844.6491
                                                 offered        1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sub-dividing Land                                June 22        Royal LePage MILTON            OMDREB             3 CE

                                                                1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.          905.844.6491
Matrix Hands-On Training                         June 24        OMDREB Classroom               OMDREB             3 CE
This class is geared for those who are new to
the computer and have basic keyboarding skills                  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.          905.844.6491
(*slower paced)


                                                                       Stay up-to-date on events, education seminars,
                                                                       conferences, etc by going online and checking in
                                                                       with the OMDREB Events Calendar!

                                                                       www.omdreb.on.ca

								
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