OREA Government Relations: Helping REALTORS® Do Business Better

OREA Government Relations: Helping REALTORS® Do Business Better



hi I'm Pat Virge a realtor from Ottawa and chair of the 2012 government relations committee at the Ontario real estate association did you know that Ontario Realtors receive special treatment under the Employment Standards Act or that first time buyers in Ontario get a big tax break on their first purchase or that Ontario home sellers are not required by law to provide an energy audit to a buyer or did you know that all major Ontario political parties committed to home friendly policies in the last election and how about the fact that the Ontario real estate industry has some of the highest professional and consumer protection standards in the world but do you know why it's because the realtor voice at Queen's Park is strong thanks to your government relations team at the Ontario real estate association this team is made up of professional staff volunteers and you together we promote a legislative and regulatory environment favorable to Ontario's Realtors and property owners it means that Maria's work at Queen's Park helps you do more business better it means that thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication Orias had a decade of notable accomplishments at Queen's Park benefitting Ontario Realtors for example or real lobby to obtain an exemption for real estate sales people from employment standards legislation saving Ontario brokerages millions in payroll and administrative costs or RIA convinced the province to expand the existing land transfer tax rebate program to include first-time buyers of resale homes as a result homebuyers in Ontario have saved millions of dollars in taxes or better yet areia fought for and won an amendment to the Green Energy Act stopping a mandatory home energy audit provision in its tracks by defeating time of sale home energy audits we help save homeowners thousands in equity and other transaction costs and let's not forget Arya's 2011 election campaign home ownership matters this campaign communicated the importance of home ownership to political parties and candidates right across the province as a result all three parties included policies benefiting homeowners in their platforms most importantly areia work with the province to pass new legislation governing the real estate profession in Ontario this legislation has helped make Ontario a leader in North America for consumer protection and Professional Standards and the work does not stop there from working to establish a registry of former marijuana grow operations to lobbying the minister of consumer services to allow real estate sales people to incorporate or pushing for amendments to permit the use of electronic agreements of purchase and sale or Ria's team of professional staff and volunteers you to ensure the realtor voice is heard loud and clear at Queen's Park but do you know what our most effective lobbying tool is it's you our 54,000 member Realtors when you respond to rheas call for action your MPPs listen they know that as engaged professionals in the local community your opinions and your business matters so the next time you see a call for action email in your inbox please take the time to respond and send a message to Queens Park that the realtor voice is united and strong if you want to learn more visit our website or follow us on facebook and twitter together we've won many victories at Queen's Park for Realtors and for homeowners but let's not rest on our laurels today's industry demands even stronger representation at Queen's Park because if real estate is your profession then government is your business you

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