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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Canada

Do you plan to become a real estate agent in Canada?
If you are a Canadian resident and you feel like you are up for the challenges of this profession, you might be surprised to know that it is not really as hard as many people believe. There is an extensive array of career paths licensed realtors can choose from in the country, which means that many doors of opportunity are very much wide open for you. These opportunities include residential, industrial, investment and commercial properties and becoming a property management specialist. Also, there is farming realty and realty business brokering.

With some effort and time combined with the drive to succeed, a Canadian resident can meet all the basic requirements essential to get a real estate license in Canada. Below is a quick rundown of the basic guidelines you need to meet:

  • License holders should be at least 18 years of age in order to become a realtor.
  • Canadian residents who have a high school diploma or an equivalent educational attainment can qualify.
  • Any realtor who wants to get licensed in Ontario or other provinces in Canada should be fluent in English. Knowing a second language is also a plus.
  • Take note that depending on the province where you live, the requirements for licensing can differ. It would be your responsibility to check on the different course requirements to be a licensed realtor.
  • You have to complete are require courses, a good example of which is the Real Estate Associate’s Program.
  • Send applications to express your interest to work with brokers.
  • See to it that your background check has been completed.
  • Identify the path where you would like your career as a realtor to go to. Would you like to become a property manager? Does your goal include working with investment properties? Now would be the perfect time for you to nail down this decision.
  • Take the 15-day course for licensing. Your score must be a minimum of 70% for you to get a passing grade.
  • Finalize the Application for a Salesperson and the Schedule A for your broker to provide the signatures on the forms. The forms, together with the letter which state that you completed and passed the examination, need to be sent to Nova Scotia Real Estate Commission together with the copy of your birth certificate, driver’s license and all the associated fees.

While not mandatory, there are several additional courses available which can help you on getting a leg up on how to become a realtor in British Columbia. You can take the Real Estate Aptitude Test being held in British Columbia for you to know if this particular path is really the right and best choice for you. The test can help you come up with a final decision prior to spending large amounts of money on courses and licensing only to discover later on that this is not a suitable career for you.…

The Digital Marketing Blog

hjm( Inspired by a conversation with a Toronto SEO)

Digital marketing is a term that has been around for quite awhile but hasn’t been very well defined, encompassing things like poster advertising, search engine optimization (SEO) and pay per click. Yet, this is too narrow of a meaning. What about email, RSS, voice broadcast, fax broadcast, blogging, podcasting, video streams, wireless text messaging, and immediate messaging? You get the idea.

To clearly define what digital marketing is let’s converse about what it is not. For starter, it does not include more traditional forms of marketing such as radio, TV, billboard and print because they do not present instant feedback and report. Sure, some people may respond to a call to deed from an advertisement in one of these mediums but there is no way to know the exact number of people who saw or heard it. Such facts are collected (and still then just educated guesses) long after the initial ad idea is made. Yes, convergence has made TV a bit more interactive, withio devices such as TiVo-able to record watcher figures like those for Web sites, but there is still a long way to go. With digital marketing, however, we’re already there.

By its heart, digital marketing centers around the Internet, which has become both a communication vehicle and an extremely powerful marketing medium as the recent Doubleclick acquisition by Google demonstrated. The Internet can be used either to push a message to someone like email, IM, RSS, or voice broadcast, as well to pull content serving a poster ad and Pay per Click search terms. Digital advertising, therefore, can be thought of as the combination of push and pull Internet technologies to execute advertising campaigns.

Because it is digital, a reporting engine can be layered within a campaign allowing the association see in real-time how that campaign is performing, such as what is being viewed, how frequently, how long, as well as other actions such as responses rates and purchases made. Please note that each digital advertising technology is different and they cannot all give the same types of reports. Also, digital marketing is continually jkloevolving and new technologies are individually created all of the time.

Broadband Internet, WiFi, and phone Web access are also spurring increase worldwide. A current report showed that Web usage increased 10% from last January to this January universal. Not astonishingly, billions of marketing dollars spent on traditional channels is already starting to move to digital advertising campaigns and this will carry on increasing as the Web matures. As a marketer, I am extremely eager about the future and what digital marketing will seem like in the years ahead. I mean, we immediately got to Web 2.0 consequently who knows what will be coming then? If you haven’t already started, you need to build a database of clients or potential clients and find out how they wish to be reached. You can do this through the digital advertising technologies I’ve mentioned in this article and then use these systems to advertise your products and services.