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Victoria Real Estate Board Election Results

Incumbent Randi Masters is joined by newcomers John Smith and Carol Crabb

October 9th, 2007 saw a good voter turnout for the annual general meeting and election of the Victoria Real Estate Board, held in the ballroom in the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa in Victoria. Candidates Tim Ayres, Randi Masters, Dave Hillmer, Blake Moreau, Carol Crabb, John Smith, Wendy Moreton, and Dennis Fimrite all gave convincing and entertaining speeches.

In the end, only three positions were available, and the membership bestowed the honours of Directorship on Randi Masters – elected to a second term, Carol Crabb, and John Smith. All are now tasked with helping guide the future direction of the Board.

We were also informed and entertained by President-Elect Tony Joe‘s speech on the direction for 2008. Focus will be on green real estate and how we can better serve the public by learning more about green building and sustainable development.

Such a large voter turnout for the election is further proof of an active membership of professionals who truly care about the direction of the Board and its impact on their business and their community. We are lucky to belong to such a fine, progressive organization, and are a model for boards across Canada.

On a personal note, I found the event to be a great learning experience, and appreciate all the support and compliments I received from the membership, and management at Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty, who supported my campaign for Director. I look forward to running again next year.

Tim Ayres 

Tim Ayres Seeks Election to Victoria Real Estate Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Tim Ayres of Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty Nominated for Director Position

 

86th annual election meeting scheduled for 3:00 PM Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.

Tim Ayres – a real estate licensee since December of 2004 is seeking election to the Victoria Real Estate Board of Directors. Tim is an active and top-achieving salesperson in the Sooke, Langford, and Colwood areas and has been active on the Board’s standing committees for the past two years (Technology committee – 2006, MLS® and Computer Services Committee – 2007).

Tim Ayres is well known in the industry for being on the leading edge of technological innovation and its application to the practice of real estate sales and marketing. He maintains a close watch on industry trends and administers the region’s only REALTOR®-focused blog at www.VictoriaBCRealEstateBlog.com, which chronicles the fast-paced world of technology and REALTOR®-related issues, market news, technology tips and advice, product reviews, and local, regional and national politics affecting the industry, making Tim a perfect fit to advise the Board and the Membership on these issues.

Since leaving his previous brokerage, Tim can offer valuable insight into the ‘alternative business models’ to the Board and its members.

Easy-going, hard-working and dependable, Tim has already demonstrated that he is committed to representing his peers at the committee level, and looks forward to representing their needs and desires and helping to shape a bright future for the Board as Director.

 

Tim Ayres

Victoria Real Estate Board Releases StrataDocs Online

This is probably the biggest news since WebForms™ was introduced a few years ago. Remember how that made your life so much easier?

First, the official news release from the Board:

New StrataDocs Online Service for REALTORS®

Helps Buyers of Strata Units

The Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) has introduced a new online service for its REALTOR® members called StrataDocs Online that will make it much easier for buyers of strata units to obtain important documents.

Under the system, REALTORS® can obtain online all the required documentation buyers need when purchasing a strata unit, such as copies of the strata bylaws and minutes of meetings. REALTORS® can then email these documents directly to buyers, saving considerable time and effort. Previously, REALTORS® had to request the documents from the strata council, or property management company, and wait for photocopies to be made. The program also allows strata unit owners access to their documents at no charge.

VREB President, Bev McIvor, says StrataDocs Online is a first for British Columbia, “We are the first Board in the province to have introduced this program which was developed for us locally. We’ve launched the programme with three condominium buildings online and are now working closely with property management companies to get many more buildings included in the system.” McIvor added that the property management companies will be responsible for ensuring that all relevant documentation is available on the system and is kept up to date. “We invite property management firms and independently managed stratas to contact us to learn more about how they can participate in this new program.”

McIvor noted that other real estate boards in the province have expressed considerable interest in working with the VREB to implement a similar program in their respective areas.

Why is this such big news? Well, as the release says, once more buildings and property managers are on board, you won’t have to wait the sometimes agonizing wait for documents. With the exception of a Form B Information Certificate, you will be able to have everything ready for a potential buyer on a moment’s notice. You’ll have a permanent, electronic copy that you can keep for the next time you have a unit in the complex (think of marketing yourself as a “building expert”). You can forward them via e-mail to an out-of-town buyer. Or, forward them to your internet fax (see my earlier post) and away they go via fax, anywhere in the world, without you wasting any paper.

And the best part? It doesn’t cost you a cent more. You’re still paying for the documents from the strata management company, but no premium for the StrataDocs service. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

This technology was developed in-house at the Victoria Real Estate Board and has been a couple of years in the making. You may remember having the opportunity to demo the system at the VREB Tech Fair last November. The implications of this being a proprietary software are huge, too. The Board could license the tech to other real estate boards in other markets in exchange for a license or subscription fee. It could be a great source of income for the board and could reduce our fees.

The Board is recognized industry-wide for being an innovator in the technological arena and it’s no surprise that they’ve developed a sure winner with StrataDocs Online.