Ontario Commercial Real Estate Exam Prep Course

The OREA Commercial Exam is love by few and despised by many. The Exam focuses on the standard “Commercial Lease”. “Commercial Leases” are in a “business context”. Business analysis is largely about math and numbers.

Therefore the OREA Commercial Real Estate Exam is about math and numbers. The exam is what I would call:

“A mile wide and an inch deep.”

The exam tests the “wide” application of a number of simple principles.

That said, you must:

  1. Understand what those principles are;
  2. Be able to apply those principles (yes math)

in the context of the questions.

In celebration of this reality we are offering the:

Ontario Commercial Real Estate Exam Preparation Workshop (OREA Commercial Exam)

When: Sunday November 8, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto Downtown  – Room TBA

Who: John Richardson, Ontario lawyer and real estate broker

Investment: $95 (HST and materials included)

Register – contact form:

Elton John Is Not The Only One Betwixt By Marilyn Monroe!

real estate behind the scenes

It seems we are too!

Last week while showing a condo at the Absolute Towers project I was intrigued by the shape and design of one of the buildings. The units come with spectacular and panoramic views.Ingenuity abounds and is evident even in the elevator which displays a screen with the largest numbers I’ve ever seen. It’s no wonder this project was nicknamed the Marilyn Monroe.

The woman and her legend continues to capture,inspire, motivate and actually demands us to write about her. Her presence lives on not only in pictures but in the hearts of all of us. Perhaps it was the combination of her beauty, her innocents and at times a tormented life that somehow managed to keep us betwixt and between all these years.

The Absolute Towers, in Mississauga were designed by Yansong Ma, a prominent Japanese architect and founder of Mad Architects. Fernbrook Homes were the developers of the project.

How this building came to be named after the…

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Let Me Take You To All Things “Dolce”……..On The Danforth!

real estate behind the scenes

The Danforth, also known as Greek Town, is an area in the east end, in the city of Toronto. It is a fascinating, ageless neighbourhood. Full of vibrant, eclectic energy. You’ll  find amazing restauranteurs and shop owners all having a story to share.  Everywhere I look I see interesting, beautiful faces. And the real estate is just as appealing as the people that live here.

The amazing architect dates back to the early 1900’s and was one of the major settlements for Greek immigrants. If you happen to be a visitor in our city don’t be surprised if you run into one proud Greek resident telling you that some of the scenes in the movie  “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” were actually filmed in their unforgettable neighbourhood.

While shopping at my favourite local fruit market I took the opportunity to stop by and gaze at the lovely gelato and sweets. One…

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For #Americansabroad in Canada the “own vs. rent” question is more difficult

As real estate prices continue to increase, man are asking the question whether it is better to rent or to own. Obviously, there are a number of intangible factors that are important. The tangible factors are of course money and the economics of investment. The economics of investment are influenced by taxation. As real estate professionals you are called upon to advise your clients. Interestingly one of he most important questions is to know whether your client is a U.S. citizen (triggered by having a U.S. birthplace). The reason is:

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Becoming a Real Estate Professional in Ontario: New rules and a new school are coming @RECOHelps


A bit of advice: If you want to become either a real estate sales agent or a real estate broker in Ontario you should earn these licenses NOW!! The rules are changing and I don’t think it is going to get easier.

I received the following email from RECO on December 15, 2014

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Workshop for OREA Admissions Test and Course 1


Next Math Prep Workshop for both the OREA Admissions Test and OREA Course 1 (Real Estate as a Professional Career)

When: Saturday September 16/17 – 9:00  a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St.

Who: John Richardson – Ontario Real Estate Broker, Lawyer (Member of the Ontario Bar) and exam prep instructor

Fee: $95 – HST and materials included payable in cash only at the door

Registration is available by email or through Eventbrite.

BONUS!!! Take Chilla Riddle’s “Real Estate As A Career” course on Saturday afternoon September 16 for the discounted fee of $50.

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Real Estate Math Prep Course – Toronto