.REALTOR: Three ways to use your new domain
Thanks to CREA's partnership with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), REALTORS® on both sides of the border have exclusive rights to claim and use the .REALTOR top-level domain (TLD).
.REALTOR helps identify REALTORS® as industry professionals and their web properties as credible sources of real estate information.
Haven't snatched up your .REALTOR domain? CREA is offering free domains, one per member for the first year, and there are still over 4,000 available. Go to claim.REALTOR today!
For members who already have a .REALTOR domain, here are three ways you can put it to use.
Also, stay tuned to CREA Café for an upcoming blog with more information on how to use .REALTOR to enhance your web presence.
AGM & Proposed REALTOR® Code Amendments
On March 28th, 2015, REALTORS® across the country will gather in Ottawa for CREA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) to elect the new Board of Directors and decide on issues of importance to all members. One of the items on this year's agenda is proposed revisions to the REALTOR® Code aimed at increasing professionalism and civility amongst members.
The CREA Board of Directors approved a number of revisions to the REALTOR® Code at their January 27th, 2015 meeting, with the recommendation that they be presented to the membership for ratification at the upcoming AGM.
There are five recommendations for members to consider including:
CRTC issues warning for REALTORS®
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued an enforcement advisory to the real estate industry after levying a $260,000 penalty to a Canadian company that 'unlawfully' provided real estate agents and brokers with access to the contents of the National Do Not Call List (DNCL).
As a reminder, brokerages whose agents call consumers to promote their services – through referrals, cold calling, etc. – must register with the National Do Not Call List. It is not acceptable to use third-party telephone directory services as a replacement for a subscription to the DNCL.
The CRTC takes violations of the National DNCL seriously. If individuals do not comply, an administrative penalty of up to $1,500 per violation ($15,000 for corporations) can be levied. Since the DNCL was created in 2008, the CRTC has issued over $5.7 million in monetary penalties.