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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.

My Favourite Real Estate Tools and Tech – Part 1

I am a child of the electronic age.

I had an Atari, and then a Nintendo (the ORIGINAL one). I even had a Commodore VIC 20. I loved science kits growing up. I Had a microscope, walkie-talkies, and my parents had to keep a supply of old junky telephones, etc. in the house so I wouldn’t take apart their stuff. I was AMAZED with this new innovation of the PC back when only the rich kids had them at home (I didn’t). In short, I’m a geek.

I’m not sure what kept me out of pursuing computers as a career. I could certainly work in computers. I like solving problems, and have a knack for understanding electronic issues.

So it’s no surprise that I combine my career in real estate with my geekdom and seek out new ways to apply technology to marketing and selling property.

In this series, I’ll fill you in on what a true real estate geek loves the most, and on what can help you in your day-to-day business.

Today: Internet fax services.

Dump the Fax Machine!I hate faxes. And in today’s electronic world, I’m not sure why they’re still so popular. Think about how inefficient a fax machine is. It requires a phone line, when you’re probably already paying for a broadband (high-speed) internet connection that could be used to scan and then e-mail a document much more quickly, and to multiple recipients. Faxes are slow, too. Especially when you’re faxing an agent that’s been in the business since, well, God was a boy, and still has his Model X-2000 fax from 1984. And don’t even get me started about thermal paper faxes. Alas, I suppose they are necessary until we can ween ourselves off of this old technology.

Enter Internet faxing. Internet fax services have been around for a number of years. The basic premise is this: You get a dedicated fax number just like any other fax number. Any faxes to that number get converted into an electronic document (usually a .pdf) and e-mailed as an attachment to whatever e-mail address you choose. To send a fax, you can do one of two things. 1: use your old fax machine as normal. 2: Scan the document, attach it to an e-mail, and send it to the fax service, which will convert it into a fax and send it to the fax number of the recipient. Of course if you were creating the document on a computer, you could just attach it to the e-mail and send it away. No more printing and then walking to the fax machine; you’ll save paper too (hug a tree!)

How convenient is that? And that’s just the surface! Think for a minute about how much better this is. Anywhere you can access your e-mail, you can access your fax. It’s like lugging the office machine around with you in your pocket! In a mobile industry such as ours, this is invaluable. Print counter-offers at your client’s house. Forward documents to conveyancing. The possibilities are endless.

And one final note about internet faxing. It creates an electronic paper trail. You can print a log of your faxes just like any other fax machine. And any fax you receive is archived on your computer. You can save them all to a special folder, and keep them for posterity – you never know when your diligence with your documents will be questioned.

For more information on internet faxing, check out E-fax, MyFax, or Telus

-Tim

Victoria's Creative Sign Design Is On The Move

Rose Glen of Creative sign design sent out an e-mail today informing us all of the long-anticipated move to their new digs. Rose notes that after 14 years in business at 630 Bay Street, the business is quite literally bursting at the seams of the present location (and has been for some time).

Besides being larger and better-located, Rose’s new shop will have the space to do vehicle lettering inside the shop – making it much more convenient for her clients who until this point have had to wait for a dry day to get the lettering done.

Creative Sign Map

The big move day is October 1st. The new address will be:
#5-416 Garbally Road
Victoria, BC
V8T 2K1

Phone numbers and e-mail will stay the same:
(250) 480-1747 Phone
(250) 480-1726 Fax
creative@islandnet.com

We thank Rose and her staff for all their hard work and dedication to a job well done and customer service over the years, and look forward to being a part of her effort to take the business to new heights.

Links: Creative Sign Design Annuncement (pdf)

Victoria’s Creative Sign Design Is On The Move

Rose Glen of Creative sign design sent out an e-mail today informing us all of the long-anticipated move to their new digs. Rose notes that after 14 years in business at 630 Bay Street, the business is quite literally bursting at the seams of the present location (and has been for some time).

Besides being larger and better-located, Rose’s new shop will have the space to do vehicle lettering inside the shop – making it much more convenient for her clients who until this point have had to wait for a dry day to get the lettering done.

Creative Sign Map

The big move day is October 1st. The new address will be:
#5-416 Garbally Road
Victoria, BC
V8T 2K1

Phone numbers and e-mail will stay the same:
(250) 480-1747 Phone
(250) 480-1726 Fax
creative@islandnet.com

We thank Rose and her staff for all their hard work and dedication to a job well done and customer service over the years, and look forward to being a part of her effort to take the business to new heights.

Links: Creative Sign Design Annuncement (pdf)