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In Your AREA Podcast
19 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Hammering out Holdbacks
In this episode, we welcome Ellyn Mendham of RE/MAX Realty Professionals. Joining her is AREA's new Provincial Practice Advisor, Bryan Statt. They discuss why a holdback is preferred, digging into the details of how much to hold back, as well as review the wording of terms and concerns around fraudulent activity. The duo chats about the current views of mortgage lenders regarding holdbacks and consider a lawyer's ability to enforce them.We hope you enjoy!
3 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Alberta 2021 Housing Q2 Update
Alberta Real Estate Associations' Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie reviews the trends in the Alberta housing market during the second quarter of 2021.Visit our website for the full provincial statistics report: https://tinyurl.com/kpjc32v5
16 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Working with GST in Real Estate
In today's episode, we welcome Diana Burwell, Partner at Seguro LLP and Karen Salmon, Broker/Owner at RE/MAX Prime Real Estate. Diana and Karen chat about the occasions in which GST does and does not apply in real estate transactions, and the questions a REALTOR® can ask when GST concerns arise. They discuss GST as it pertains to new home sales, rural land, rentals, and what constitutes a commercial property.We hope you enjoy!
40 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Backup Offers and Their Challenges
In this episode, we welcome Andrea Engel of Maxwell Devonshire Realty and Robert Hainsworth of Nigro Manucci Law. The duo chats about the prevalence of backup offers in this current market and their three Ps: Pitfalls, Pros, and Practices. Answering common questions, they dig into how to create a strong backup offer, reviewing terms and conditions, and more.
29 minutes | May 31, 2021
Special Edition - Mortgage Update
This special edition episode features a conversation between Frances Dares of Urban Upgrade & New Infills and Heather Manna of MMG Mortgages. The pair chat about the new mortgage stress test rules coming out on June 1, 2021, and how these will impact buyers and sellers in Alberta. They also discuss the current real estate market, what might happen with occupancy levels in city centres, and where interest rates might go in the months to come.We hope you enjoy!
40 minutes | May 17, 2021
Social Media Savvy
In this episode, we are joined by Steevie Soucie of Keller Williams Realty Centres in Ontario and Ginger Andrews of RE/MAX Real Estate (Central) in Calgary. As REALTORS® who successfully use social media as a communication and relationship-building mechanism, they share their tips, tricks, and challenges with you. Steevie shares her best practices on Tiktok, where she has amassed over 75,000 followers and 2 million likes, diving into how to get started, what to share, and how to deal with negative feedback.Follow Steevie on social media:email@example.com/steevie_volpealcornFollow Ginger on social media:instagram.com/ginger.andrews
55 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Top Five Contract Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
On this month's episode, we are joined by three Alberta lawyers as their top five most commonly seen mistakes made by REALTORS® on AREA forms. Dave West of West Legal, Denise Hendrix of Hendrix Law, and Jim Doyle of Vogel Verjee offer up guidance on how to avoid contract mistakes and address any issue that arises.We hope you enjoy!
11 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
Alberta 2021 Housing Q1 Update
Alberta Real Estate Associations' Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie reviews the trends in the Alberta housing market during the first quarter of 2021. Visit our website for the full provincial statistics report: https://tinyurl.com/kpjc32v5
40 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Cannabis and Real Estate
On this month's episode, Bill MacDougall, Broker/Owner of Optimum Realty Group, chats with Michael Litchfield of Thinklab Legal Education and Training. They talk cannabis as it relates to real estate: from smoke drift, medical accommodations, and stigmas, to latent and patent defects related to grow-ops.We hope you enjoy!
40 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Special Edition - Sustainable Housing and Real Estate
On this special edition episode, we hear from Jennifer Gilbert, Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker City Side Realty, as she chats with Matt Daigle, CEO of Rise, a sustainable housing education organization for both consumers and real estate professionals. The duo discusses a variety of topics, including new trends in sustainable housing and the necessary role and responsibility that a real estate agent plays when it comes to supporting consumers in buying or selling sustainable homes. Learn more about the Rise course offerings on our website.
32 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Making Accessibility Accessible in Real Estate
In this episode, we hear from Stephanie Chipeur, a doctoral candidate at McGill University Faculty of Law, and an ardent accessibility advocate. She is joined by her REALTOR®, Jason Bamlett, RE/MAX House of Real Estate, and Zain Velji, partner at NorthWeather and Pillar 9™ board member. Stephanie shares her story of searching for a fully accessible home in Calgary, and how it led her to her advocacy in improving accessibility in real estate. The trio also talks about recommendations for REALTORS® when supporting clients looking for accessible housing, and what the inclusion of the accessibility search features on the Pillar 9™ MLS® system means for both REALTORS® and consumers.
35 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
The Path to Pillar 9™
In today's episode, we hear from AREA Managing Director Heather Coleman, Pillar 9™ Chair Corinne Lyall, and Pillar 9™ CEO Shane Griffin. The trio dive into the history behind Pillar 9™, what offerings Pillar 9™ provides to subscribers, and what makes it stand out from other MLS® providers.For more information about Pillar 9™, please visit their website.
26 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Lessons Learned in 2020
In our final episode of the year, we feature reflections from several Alberta REALTORS® as they navigated the unusual landscape that was 2020. Our guests share their biggest lessons from 2020, how it has changed them as REALTORS®, and what they look forward to in the coming year.Time Stamps:00:42 - Ann-Marie Lurie, AREA Chief Economist04:57 - Julio Florez, Florez l Burton, Royal LePage True North Realty Fort McMurray06:57 - Jennifer Gilbert, Coldwell Banker City Side Realty10:26 - Ryan Smith, CIR Realty13:33 - Frances Dares, Urban Upgrade and New Infills19:58 - Tom Shearer, Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate23:43 - Kristie Kruger, AREA 2020 ChairWe want your feedback! The AREA team would appreciate if you take a few moments to answer 5 quick questions to let us know if we’re hitting the mark. Click here to take the short survey.
50 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
This episode features a conversation between Ryan Vollmar of Spark Real Estate and David West of West Legal. The pair chat about the history of chattels and fixtures in case law and review what most lawyers and judges consider to be the defining difference. They continue their conversation by reviewing some of the common items that have caused confusion, including alarm systems and air conditioners.We hope you enjoy!
44 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Special Edition - Mortgage Update
This special edition episode features a conversation between Frances Dares of Urban Upgrade & New Infills and Heather Manna of MMG Mortgages. The pair chat about COVID-19 mortgage deferral implications, the current state of interest rates, as well the importance of securing a full pre-approval versus a pre-qualification for your clients early on.We hope you enjoy!
38 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Foreclosures in the time of COVID-19
In this episode, we are joined by David P. Brown of the Real Estate Company Ltd. and Gloria Vinci of Vinci Phillips Law. The duo breaks down the different types of foreclosure situations, talks through judicial sales, dealing with multiple offers, and how to manage foreclosure timelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.We hope you enjoy!
25 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
REALTOR® Etiquette with Prajitha Kurup
In this episode of In Your AREA, we are joined by Madeline Sarafinchan of Jayman Realty (EDM) Inc. and Prajitha Kurup of Polished Skills. Madeline and Prajitha chat about the various way in which REALTORS® can display etiquette in real estate, including working with difficult clients and agent-to-agent relationships. Prajitha shares some best practices for encouraging both safety and etiquette during the COVID-19 pandemic, how to dress for your role, and the unconscious judgments that impact our perceptions of others. We hope you enjoy!
31 minutes | Aug 14, 2020
Let's Keep Insurance Boring
In this episode, we are joined by Cathie Catalano of Source 1 Realty Corp. and Adam Thomson of Toole Peet Insurance. The duo addresses common misconceptions regarding real estate insurance, digging into what REIX covers and does not cover, the things you need to ask your broker about to take action and insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Adam shares some of the most common scenarios in which REALTORS® could require liability insurance as well as some of the more obscure ones that no one could have predicted.We hope you enjoy!
28 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Wheel-estate: Mobile Homes in Real Estate 101
This episode features a conversation between Ron O'Shea of The Real Estate Company and Jeff Kahane of Kahane Law. The duo breaks down some of the common questions about mobile homes, and the role of a REALTOR® in selling them. They review what classifies a mobile home versus a recreation vehicle, what is needed to list a mobile home properly, and how to do your due diligence as a REALTOR® for your client when selling these unique living spaces.We hope you enjoy!
35 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Cultural Diversity and Inclusion in Real Estate
This episode features a conversation between celebrated Canadian speaker and Cross-Cultural Communication Expert Tina Varughese and Jolene Ledene Reimer of Royal LePage in Brooks. The duo chats about diversity in Alberta, what REALTORS® can do to create a more positive experience for clients when English is not their first language, and how to invest your time and dollars to market yourself within a certain cultural community. They delve into the meaning of Cultural Collectivism as well as the dos and don'ts of negotiating and interacting with people from different backgrounds. We hope you enjoy!
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