By Toronto Real Estate Board
On October 20, 2015, The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) held it’s 95th Annual Meeting at the Allstream Centre in Toronto.
Kicking things off was TREB’s President Mark McLean. In Mark’s address to Members, he shared the Board’s efforts to align the brand strategically across all of TREB’s communication vehicles. A recent change to bring TREB’s social media channels and public website together under the TREBhome umbrella is a step in that direction.
McLean also made mention of the “TREB Wire” blog, the Board’s newest social media tool, used to provide useful information for REALTORS®, home owners, new and prospective buyers, as well as real estate investors at any level.
Ipsos Consumer Home Purchase Data
Special guest John Wright, Senior Vice-President of Ipsos, presented TREB commissioned survey results on GTA “ Consumer home purchase intentions” including data on first-time home buyers and size of down payments. Moving forwards, TREB plans on providing this type of data to Members and the public on a regular basis. Full updated report coming soon in 2016 but TREB Members can view highlights on Stratus.
Ontario PC Leader Address
Patrick Brown, Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, was also present and shared his plans for the province and real estate if he is elected Ontario’s next premier. He praised the industry stances on electronic signatures, mandatory home energy audits, affordable housing and the municipal and transfer tax, and is looking forward to the reintroduction of a bi-partisan bill dealing with personal real estate corporations.
Brown recalled a recent discussion he had with a government chief minister in the state of Gujarat, India in regards to preconditions for economic development. Brown then elaborated on each of these areas – good roads, affordable power and reduction of red tape – and his vision for Ontario. “Any changes that are made should be done in consultation with you,” said Brown. “We need to speak to the front lines about the changes that will affect their industry.”
See video for highlights: https://youtu.be/wjvII4xCs3k
Awards, Recognition and Other
In addition, Members were recognized for their service and dedication to the Association:
- President’s Plaque – Paul Etherington;
- Honourary Life Award – Dianne Usher; and,
- Awards of Recognition – Karen Gerrard, Rosalind Menary, and Shirley Porter.
Networking and professional education opportunities were offered through the provision of a complimentary breakfast and lunch and the opportunity to visit a mini trade show featuring exhibitors from TREB’s REALTOR® QUEST conference.