Agent alleges discrimination by client

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By Tony Palermo
Rick Allenberg, a white sales rep with Fair Realty in Victoria, has filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal alleging his black client broke a contract with him over race and country of origin.
Allenberg says he was born in South Africa but left the country and moved to Canada 25 years ago because he hated Apartheid and racial segregation. So, it completely angered him when his client, Dr. Roger Johnson, which tribunal documents show “identifies as a gay, multi-racial, black person”, decided to break his contract with Allenberg, in part because he …read more

DTZ names Jennifer Teufel director of business development

Global property services firm DTZ has named Jennifer Teufel director of business development for Canada. Working from the firm’s Toronto office, Teufel will draw on her strengths in client relations, proposal development and negotiations to expand DTZ’s Global Occupier Services businesses throughout Canada, the company says.

Teufel joins DTZ from GDI Integrated Facility Services, where she served as director of sales. Previously, she was director of sales at Durabond Janitorial Services and worked as a sales rep for Coldwell Banker Home & Family Realty.
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Kenora broker “amazed” at community support

Some Century 21 Reynard Real Estate Boobie Nights volunteers, from left: Laura Cimperman, Antonio Cianci, Elle Peterson, Angela Kuchma, Dustin McLeod, Bill Scribilo, Kristie Cavanaugh, Donny Booth, Wayne Gauld and Michelle Scribilo.
Century 21 Reynard Real Estate in Kenora, Ont. recently held Boobie Nights 5, an evening of music and entertainment and a silent auction raising $78,000 for the local hospital foundation and to help fight breast cancer. This year’s event tag line was “Save a Rack”.
“It amazes me each year that we hold this event the generosity and support we receive from our small community of 15,000 people,” says Bill …read more

Barbara Yaffe: Vancouver’s real estate forecast to stay hot into next year, study finds

Foreign money and a robust provincial economy will preclude any cooling of Vancouver’s red-hot property market next year, according to a major real estate study being released Wednesday. Office space is the one real-estate category where an oversupply is forecast in the city, to be accompanied by potential downward pressure on pricing. …read more

Fort St. John anticipates Site C real estate bump

Fort St. John’s sizzling real estate market will gain even more heat if the province approves BC Hydro’s proposed $7.9-billion Site C dam project in northeast B.C. That was the consensus Tuesday among city real estate participants as the provincial cabinet works toward a final decision on the hydroelectric development that would be built about seven kilometres from Fort St. John. …read more

REM reviews the iPhone 6

By William Molls
Here at REM, it’s difficult to ignore the trend of mobile devices replacing desktop computers for ordinary, every-day tasks. Up to half our audience now visits our website and reads our email newsletter from a smartphone or tablet device.
So it should come as no surprise that even Apple is getting in on the trend of making “phablets”. After all, if you’re using your mobile device for more and more things that you used to do on a computer, it helps to have a bigger screen.
Is the iPhone 6 a must have for real estate agents? Will the iPhone …read more

Broker competes in FINA World Masters Championships

Catherine Mason and Joanne Hormann
Joanne Hormann, broker with Re/Max Quinte in Trenton, Ont. participated in competitive swim events at the 16th FINA World Masters Championships in Montreal recently, which included more than 3,500 swimmers. Horrman, a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces, took part with her friend Catherine Mason, a corporal with the Forces.
Every two years, the event welcomes swimmers, divers and water polo players aged 25 to more than 100-years-old from all corners of the world.
“We had the pleasure of meeting fellow swimmers (and medal winners) from India, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, all over Europe including Spain, …read more

Challenges and goals of Canada’s largest board

TREB members’ dues have decreased in seven of the last 13 years.
By Neil Sharma
Paul Etherington has just finished overseeing his first summer as president of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), and while this seasoned veteran has been serving on the board since 1999, he’s as cautiously optimistic as ever about the future of the real estate industry.
Etherington speaks glowingly of the many changes that have swept through TREB during the last 15 years. Chief among them is ordaining fiscal responsibility as its unflagging policy, keeping its 40,000 members’ fees reasonably low in the process. One of the ways in …read more

David Mendel leads commercial division for Daryl King Team

David Mendel
The Daryl King Team at Royal LePage Your Community Realty in Richmond Hill, Ont. is launching a new commercial industrial division led by broker David Mendel.
“The addition of a broker with the experience David brings to the team will expand our reach and effectiveness in the commercial industrial market,” says King.
Mendel spent several years working at an engineering consultant firm in building systems. He then moved on to the property management industry, where he worked up to VP of operations. He then worked for a development company for several years before venturing out on his own and becoming a …read more