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TREB President's Column as it appears in the Toronto Star.


REALTORS® Strongly Dedicated To Continuing Education

October 19, 2012 -- Most of us agree on the many benefits of home ownership. Today, more Canadians own their own home than ever before, perhaps because few investments are as hard working as real estate; it serves double duty, offering you shelter and the potential for long-term profit.

While Greater Toronto REALTORS® believe firmly in the advantages of home ownership, we are also quick to espouse the benefits of education, because like real estate, few other investments offer such worthwhile returns.

Choosing a career in real estate involves a lifelong commitment to learning – in our province REALTORS® are required to earn 24 Continuing Education credits every two years – and it’s a requirement that we embrace.

In fact, many Greater Toronto REALTORS® go well beyond the provincial mandate because in the incredibly dynamic Greater Toronto Area real estate market there is no such thing as the status quo.

Virtually all of the factors that affect your transaction are constantly changing, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that as a client, you’re equipped with current, insightful information.

You can count on your REALTOR® for example, to offer valuable advice on the current state of the market. Real estate is a local business in which conditions can vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood. 

If you’re buying a home in the city of Toronto, we’ll advise you to budget an extra $6,000 on average, for the municipal portion of the double Toronto Land Transfer Tax. We have been working for a number of years incidentally, to help city councillors see that this is an unfair levy on homebuyers.

To help you keep money in your wallet we can also counsel you on government programs like the RRSP Home Buyers’ Plan under which generally, you can withdraw up to $25,000 ($50,000 for a couple) from your registered retirement savings plan to buy or build a qualifying home as a first time home buyer.

In order to qualify for a mortgage you’ll need to meet specific criteria and since it often changes, we can advise you on how to plan for a successful outcome.

Before you choose a home it’s important to consider usage limitations that result from factors like municipal zoning restrictions and condominium bylaws. Your REALTOR® can help ensure you’re prepared on this front as well.

Given that every transaction is unique, it is also vital to consult a REALTOR® so that your interests are protected through the use of appropriate real estate forms and clauses. 

Keeping pace with all of the information that is required to offer you sound advice means that Greater Toronto REALTORS® routinely incorporate Continuing Education sessions into their schedules.

We are so committed to learning in fact, that we offer four scholarship grants and an opportunity for an internship at our professional association, the Toronto Real Estate Board, on an annual basis.

For a glimpse into the many ways a Greater Toronto REALTOR’s® knowledge can help you, be sure to visit www.TorontoRealEstateBoard.com .

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 2012
September 26 REALTORS® Help Consumers Find Great Places To Live
September 7 Continue Education Equals Professional REALTORS®
August 31 Building A Better City
August 2 REALTORS® Really Know How To Help
July 9 TREB Committed to Community Building
June 18 TREB Recognizes Commercial Builders
June 6 Home Ownership Can Be A Formidable Challenge
May 25 TREB Is Standing Up For The Privacy Rights Of Homeowners
 2011
October 4 Realtors Care Foundation supports shelter-based organizations
September 16 Buyers beware in real estate purchases, too
August 20 Termites are a hidden problem
June 17 Ford Needs to Follow Through on Election Promise
June 12 TREB Moving Ahead With New Technology
June 1 Realtor Quest Was Huge Success
April 30 Buying a Condo Posses Some Unique Queries
April 8 Search for a Home Can Be Challenging
March 25 Parking red tape should be streamlined
March 4 Toronto needed to clarify parking rules
February 26 Some home improvements will pay off big
February 11 Taking steps towards homeownership
January 28 Taking steps towards the repeal of the land transfer tax
 2010
December 3 Misconceptions about the HST
October 2 Clearing up HST confusion
September 10 TREB: Energy efficiency for all homes, new and old
August 13 Making sense of housing statistics
August 6 TREB: Save HST with re-sale housing
July 30 TREB: Housing options are as diverse as the city we live in
July 23 TREB: Realtor's access to databases can assist with home search
July 16 There's no Investment Like a Home
July 9 HST will not affect resale homes
July 2 TREB: HST will not affect resale homes
Jun. 25 Celebrate Diversity during Pride Week
Jun. 4 Mayoral debate highlight of realtor conference
May 21 Set budget for moving expenses
May 14 Spring buyers boost GTA home sales
Apr. 23 Each local market has distinct character
Apr. 9 Important to understand terminology
Mar. 26 REALTORS® continue to educate themselves
Mar. 12 Housing sales typically heat up in spring market
Mar. 5 Careful renos can increase home value
Feb. 26 Some simple steps to energy efficiency
Feb. 19 REALTORS® step up to help Haiti
Feb. 12 Some encouraging news and numbers
Feb. 5 Action on Land Transfer Tax could offset the HST
Jan. 22 Year will see listings rise, price growth moderate
Jan. 8 Number of benefits to LEED-certified condos
 2009
December 18
Jan. 1, 2010
Steady flow of newcomers buoys demand for sales / Immigration helps drive housing market
December 11 REALTORS® routinely give back to their community
December 4 REALTORS® have skills to help with Rental Needs
November 27 REALTORS® have many resources
November 20 Sales still hot despite cooler weather
November 13 HST will raise cost of living, buying homes
November 9 GTA Real Estate Market Soaring