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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM

Growing up, I enjoyed watching Wayne and Schuster on CBC TV. They were true Canadian Icons who truly understood our national identity and delivered a reflection of ourselves, in true Canadian comedic style. One of my favourite skits was their rendition as Julius Caesar and Brutus in a skit called, “A funny thing happened on the way to the forum.”

The RE/MAX videos portraying a RE/MAX sales associate and an independent Realtor® remind me of those early Wayne and Shuster skits. These videos are very much tongue in cheek renditions of what separates RE/MAX associates from the rest of the crowd.

Many of us, having been with RE/MAX on average for 12 years, take the tools and services for granted. We have forgotten what it is really like to work in an office that has a revolving door of licensees coming and going, many part timers and those that are just generally unsuccessful.

We grew as an organization of full time Realtors® who excelled by working together, sharing ideas and working toward earning Premier Market Presence. Those of us who were involved in those early years all recall when the big question was what is a Remac…? But despite those kinds of comments we persevered and together built the most successful organization of broker owners and sales associates ever achieved.

Here are links to have a look at some of the videos; they are a light hearted way to appreciate our advantages.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1hfG7DsmWM&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdi2ZipvLvY&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGGmdcvmlKg&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jppxqQLKQ3g&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwsL94bjH78&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrJXWhU85Fs&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9gdiJv8gOU&feature=relmfu

Elton Ash ABR CRES
Regional Executive Vice President

RE/MAX of Western Canada (1998), LLC

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CO-WORKER AND FRIEND: TREVOR GETZ OCT 23, 1950 – June 21, 2011

CO-WORKER AND FRIEND: TREVOR GETZ OCT 23, 1950 – June 21, 2011

Trevor Getz, October 23, 1950 – June 21, 2011: Co-Worker and Friend

 

As many of you know, this past week was an emotional one. We lost a true and trusted friend and co-worker. Trevor came to the Region in 1994. He brought with him a wealth of experience from the travel and event planning world. Our events and conferences enjoyed an immediate upgrade in quality at that time. He laid the groundwork to the success we have today in all our special events.

He learned the real estate franchise business and applied a tremendous dedication and desire to be the best he could be in the support of our offices and membership. In doing so Trevor gained everyone’s respect and admiration.

He truly excelled as a conference Master of Ceremonies. Trevor had a natural ability to get up on stage and effortlessly put everyone at ease, keeping the audience engaged with humour and poise. He had a knack at taking what could be an awkward or negative situation and turn it around to be a positive moment.

I can also tell you that he was absolutely fanatical about quality and timing. Our speakers had to be the best available and we as regional staff had to keep within our allotted presentation times or face his wrath. He truly taught us the importance of timing.

Beyond work, his passion was his family, friends and sports. He doted on his 3 daughters and was a devoted grandfather. And of course GOLF. Golf for most is a challenge and a passion. For Trevor golf was beyond that; he truly appreciated the game and loved every nuance it brought to him.

It was a true privilege and an honour to have had the opportunity to work with Trevor. He will be best remembered at work for his passion, his creativity and his skill; by his friends for his loyalty and humour; and by his family for his love and devotion.

Trevor, you will be remembered forever and are already being deeply missed.

 

  

Elton Ash ABR CRES

Regional Executive Vice President

RE/MAX of Western Canada (1998), LLC

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RE/MAX COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE & REAL ESTATE BOARDS

RE/MAX COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE & REAL ESTATE BOARDS

A couple of weeks ago I proudly announced our new listing syndication partnership with Zoocasa. After that announcement and subsequently going live we immediately experienced a surge in consumer activity on our listings. Shortly thereafter we received a 10 day notice from the REB-4 (Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Calgary and Edmonton REBs) that we must shut down the listing feed to Zoocasa. They cited listing integrity and non-authorized data usage as their reasoning. REB-4 also pointed out that technically we did not have the right to send listing data without their authorization.

Our view is the listing data belongs to the brokerage and the brokerage has the right to send that data wherever they please, provided the integrity is maintained. Our current technological system ensures that the data integrity is maintained vigilantly. It really boils down to the situation where Real Estate Boards are directed by competitors. They naturally do not want to see anyone have any greater advantage over another.

I am proud to say our broker owners in the REB-4 areas got very involved and loudly voiced their concerns over what appeared to be anti-competitive behavior. The 10 day notice was extended to 60 days so as to provide more time to study the situation and come up with an agreement that would meet our requirements and expectations.

I am confident that objective will be met and we will be able to continue on to meeting our goal of providing all RE/MAX sales associates with a high volume of quality leads to increase overall sales associate income.

 This is a competitive business. The RE/MAX brand name recognition, with our superior technological tools, coupled with your advanced skills and dedication will ensure we continue to build on our overall market share and increase your sales activity.

 

 

Elton Ash ABR CRES

Regional Executive Vice President

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