Ask Me Anything with Members of CREA’s Board of Directors – Episode 3

As a REALTOR®, you wear many hats. You’re a trusted advisor and confidant, a marketing expert, pricing guru, but most importantly, you’re a calming figure as your clients embark on the journey to homeownership. Good or bad, your role involves tempering expectations, staying positive and being honest with your clients.

Like you, CREA’s Board of Directors believes in transparency and accountability and for these reasons, we’re happy to announce the launch of our new Ask Me Anything video series.

In Episode 3, CREA’s Chair Costa Poulopoulos, Chair-Elect Cliff Stevenson and Vice Chair Jill Oudil speak openly and honestly about some of the most popular questions we receive from you, our members.

From the impact of mass vaccinations on market activity, eyeing a future in international real estate, to learning about how REALTORS® can get involved with CREA and its committees, your questions are answered.

With vaccines now arriving in Canada, how do you think this will impact our housing markets?

“Should things continue as they are as the vaccines come into place and we’re successfully rid of the situation with COVID, it’ll be fantastic [for housing markets]. I think homeowners right now, their priorities have changed in many cases. People are wanting to make a shift. Their home has become a more important space for them than ever before and they may have different needs. It’s just going to keep going and potentially get busier.” – Jill Oudil

Why can’t I opt out of being a part of CREA?

“CREA is a national association, so the things that we provide have to be with all of us standing together as one, working towards our common goal. REALTOR.ca is an excellent example. We want to maintain integrity of data, be able to offer services back and have high quality REALTORS® in a professional seen in the light we wish it to be seen. We must stay together for this.” – Jill Oudil

Several of my colleagues have started working in international real estate. Where’s the best place to start?

“We’re fortunate that CREA has a global community. You can go to REALTORLink.ca/global and get a ton of information. There’s stats and tools that are there, there’s exclusive events you can go to, there’s an active global directory, increased exposure for international referrals and it’s an opportunity to grow your global business.” – Costa Poulopoulos  

I want to get more involved with CREA and a part of decision-making policies, where do I start?

“You can start by applying to committees. An email goes out every year to members to volunteer to sit on CREA’s committees where a lot of these decisions are made and then rolled up to the Board of Directors. It’s a fantastic mechanism to get involved. And also, [Get involved with] your local boards and associations. There’s a direct communication from boards and associations to CREA. So, don’t discount getting involved with CREA decision making at the local level because a lot of that rolls up, especially to our general assembly from your local boards.” – Cliff Stevenson

What’s your most memorable sale or purchase of your careers?

“The one that comes to mind I never got paid on, let me explain…” – Costa Poulopoulos

To hear the rest of his story, you’ll have to watch the video.

Have a burning question you want the Directors to answer? Leave them in the Comments below or email crea-comms@crea.ca.

As Communications Manager, Michael Shaw manages a dynamic team of talented communicators and social media experts. Whether its content produced by CREA or REALTOR.ca, Michael has seen it and approved it. When he’s not working or taking care of his daughter, Michael is travelling the globe, watching live music or relaxing on the dock.


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