Benefits of Membership
OREA & CREA
As a Member of OMDREB you also have the benefit of representation as a professional through the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
OREA is one of Ontario’s largest trade associations. It provides many discount purchasing programs covering
telephone services and life, car, and health insurance that is available to all Members.
OREA is also a strong voice with the Provincial Government, working to promote a legislative and regulatory environment that is favourable to REALTORS® and real estate.
CREA represents more than 97,000 real estate Brokers/agents and salespeople working through more than 100 real estate Boards and Associations.
Registrants in any province who become members of organized real estate have an obligation to act in accordance with the REALTOR® Code.
CREA owns the MLS® and REALTOR® trademarks, which signify a high standard of service and identify members of CREA.
Every REALTOR® Cares
OMDREB Members are proud supporters of the REALTORS Care™ Foundation. Support has also been given to the President’s GALA and Golf Tournament, Every REALTOR® Campaign and Annual Bike Ride by the Board on behalf of our Members.
One hundred per cent of all gifts to the Foundation go directly to supporting shelters across the province due to the generosity of the Ontario Real Estate Association. The Association covers all administrative costs of the Foundation.
- Government Relations
- Professional Standards
- Data Integrity Reviews
- Delivery Service
- Commercial Council
- and much more.
Why Use a REALTOR®?
Not every real estate salesperson or broker is a REALTOR®. That term and the familiar Block “R” logo are trademarked by the Canadian Real Estate Association in association with the National Association of REALTORS® in the United States.
CREA owns the MLS® trademark also. Both trademarked logos can only be used in Canada by members of the Canadian Real Estate Association who accept and respect a strict Code of Ethics.
The MLS® database is operated in Ontario by real estate boards belonging to the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA). The majority of resale homes are sold through the MLS® Systems.
Just a few of the Services your Board dues provide you!
We consider each Member an important link in the ongoing commitment OMDREB has made to inform the public of the vital role REALTORS® play in the Real Estate transaction.
We ask that when you join the Board you make a commitment as a Member of this Board to stay informed and up-to-date on news and events that are happening at your Board office.
MLS® (Multiple Listing Service®)
OMDREB’s MLS® System is Tarasoft Matrix®, a web-based Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) platform, built entirely on Microsoft’s .NET technology.
Matrix key features: You can access MLS® data from any computer connected to the internet - and there is no additional software to download or install. Tarasoft Matrix® is 100% compatible with all operating systems and web browsers.
The performance of Matrix is outstanding, averaging under a second per search. Client contacts, saved searches, mapping, CMA’s, auto email history, reports, statistics, hot sheets and all MLS® data, are easily accessible from one single site eliminating the need for multiple programs for different tasks. MLS® data is always 100% live and our HELP DESK Services are excellent!
All your listings are up-loaded daily by the Board and featured on www.realtor.ca for effective marketing across Canada & the World.
PLUS...access to WEBForms™, Geowarehouse, MPAC & Realtorlink®.
In addition, OMDREB has a unique data exchange with the Toronto Real Estate Board which allows Matrix to display all TREB MLS® information for all the ‘W’ areas encompassing Etobicoke, Mississauga, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills and other communities.
This reciprocal agreement enables all OMDREB MLS® data to be displayed on the TREB Stratus System.
The OMDREB website is a great site that features information on Statistics, Media Releases, data on the Communities, Realty Store... and much more.
The OMDREB Board offers Continuing Education (CE) Credit Seminars designed to advance existing skills and knowledge and to deliver information that is relevant to all Members.
Designed to maintain the highest professional standards, opportunities cover MLS® computer training programs, educational seminars, professional development and forums addressing timely issues.
Additional bonuses for Members include the annual Tradeshow, The Town of Oakville & Milton Information Seminars and OREA Leadership Development Courses.
The Programme Committee creates many opportunities to network with fellow REALTORS® through participation at the annual Golf and Bowling Tournaments, as well the annual AGM and Christmas Election and Luncheon.
Volunteer opportunities galore. Each year the Leadership Development Committee hosts a Volunteer Meet and Greet providing information on volunteering and an opportunity to meet your Board of Directors.
The Membership Department assists with Membership dues, fee inquiries, password changes, authenticator use, up-dating Member information and facilitates access membership to other MLS® Boards.
For new Members joining our Board - setup and a one-on-one orientation is provided in a timely and responsive manner, along with all the resource materials you need to get started as a Member of our Board.
Membership also develops the REALTOR® Support Guide, which is a valuable source of information for Members.
Through a number of communication vehicles, OMDREB works to convey the value of using a local REALTOR®. Advertising, news releases, interviews, brochures, special events, community involvement and fundraising are utilized to meet this goal.
REALTORS® through their membership are recognized within the community as having a high degree of professionalism.
The President of the Board and Executive Officer abide by an open door policy for all Members who would like the opportunity to express their concerns regarding the matters of the Board.
We also have a Managing Broker’s Council and each year the Chair of the Council has a seat on the Board of Directors. Feedback from Broker Council Members provides perspective and insight on aspects of the Board’s operations that have particular relevance for Brokerage members.
Other means of communication
include a monthly newsletter to members, postings on the front page of the MLS® System. Also information that is important
to your business is sent either directly to you or through your Brokerage, depending
Whenever possible, communications will be handled electronically.
For many of us the most important membership is the one to our professional organization. This is where we stay connected with our peers and keep up with the ever changing environment.