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The Alberta Real Estate Association wants to provide the on-the-go, ultra-busy REALTOR® a bite-sized option for auditory professional development. Whether in your car, in the gym, or doing your paperwork, In Your AREA is available 24 hours a day and offers Alberta's REALTORS® the opportunity to learn without compromising their business. Offered monthly, each episode is no more than 30 minutes or so and offers a conversation between industry members and subject matter experts around topics that matter to REALTORS®. Happy Listening!
51 Episodes
This month, we welcome AREA Director Shirley Williams, Broker/Owner of Royal LePage Premier Real Estate as well as Rob and Beth Andress of Safe International, an organization dedicated to safety training for REALTORS®. Shirley, Rob, and Beth discuss common misconceptions about REALTOR® safety, the best tools REALTORS® can use to protect themselves, as well as real scenarios and surprises that REALTORS® need to be aware of.Sign up to join Rob & Beth for a webinar developed to equip REALTORS® with self-protection & strategies to avoid violence: note: due to the intense nature of the subject matter and some explicit content, listener discretion is advised.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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!
Social Media Savvy

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 Ginger on social
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!
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unusual Chattels

Unusual Chattels


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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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