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Parry Sound & Area Association of REALTORS® officially joins The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®

As of 2018, The Lakelands gained new members from the Parry Sound and Area Association of REALTORS® increasing its membership to over 770 and moving jurisdictional boundaries now including the District of Parry Sound. Although talks began last fall between Associations after Executive Officer, Meg Cameron-Hammel announced her early retirement, the decision to dissolve Parry Sound and its membership joining The Lakelands was not made hastily.

“Both Associations had a common goal to minimize disruption to our Realtor members before, during, and after the transition” said Mike Stahls, President of The Lakelands. “It was sad to see Meg go after almost thirty years, but her dedication and passion will be fondly remembered by all. We are confident our new members will enjoy the suite of tools, services and professional development opportunities that The Lakelands has to offer.”

Following approval from the respective Board of Directors and membership, The Lakelands eagerly went to work onboarding its new members. This opportunity also presented the time rebrand the Association with a new logo. The Lakelands carefully considered each district in the new logo creation, the waves in the new logo represent unity to strengthen our vast regions. The Association worked with a local marketing agency Well Known company, for its redesign.

All brands need to evolve and align its values and characteristics with that of the time. The Lakelands President Mike Stahls said,”We wanted to simplify our logo and rebrand under a clean updated look.”

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® is a professional organization committed to serving its 770+ REALTOR® members with the tools, advocacy and professional development opportunities required to promote excellence, knowledge and a high standard of ethics and business practices.

Our members provide real estate services representing different land use properties ranging from recreational, residential and commercial throughout the major geographical areas within the regions of the District of Parry Sound, District Municipality of Muskoka, Haliburton County and Northern Simcoe County including the City of Orillia.

REALTORS® are champions of homeownership and are committed to improving Quality of Life by supporting policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods


The Lakelands Grants Given Just in Time for Christmas

Muskoka – The Lakelands members will visit six local charities to donate over seventeen thousand dollars across Muskoka, Orillia, and Haliburton this holiday season. Five cheques of $3,264 will be presented to each organization, and a sixth cheque of $1,280 is donated to Cottage Dreams annually. Those eligible to receive a grant must be a community shelter-based charity, operating in our region and meet all application criteria—submitted to the Association by the first of September.

“We are truly honoured to receive a grant this year,” said The Sharing Place Food Bank, Executive Director, Chris Peacock. “This grant helps us fund our Christmas Hamper program that we distribute to over 800 people this holiday season.”

2017 Grant Recipients:

  • The Sharing Place Food Bank, Orillia: provides nutritious food for three to five days once a month.
  • Muskoka Interval House, Bracebridge: provides shelter and resources for women and children.
  • Huntsville Hospice, Huntsville: provides care and support to individuals in the Huntsville area who are facing end of life situations.
  • Cottage Dreams, Haliburton: provides rental cottages for families to enjoy following cancer treatment.
  • Alzheimer Society of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton: dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and advancing the search for the cause and cure.
  • Burk’s Falls & District Food Bank: covering seven districts it provides food and resources for those in need.

“These organizations provide invaluable services to those in their greatest times of need,” said The Lakelands, President, Mike Stahls. “Our members are only too happy to support those on the front lines, and to be an integral part of our communities.”

Local Realtors are committed to improving Quality of Life by supporting community initiatives ensuring economic vitality, housing opportunities and safe neighbourhoods. The contributions by Lakelands members through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation are important to the communities we live in as they boost the ability for these organizations to support residents.

For further details about the Grant Application

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The Sharing Place is a non-profit organization that provides food, food education and food policy work for our community. We work collaboratively with partners to help remove the barriers to accessing nutritious, affordable food. Our services range from school breakfast and snack programs, community cooking classes, gardening programs to providing a five-day emergency supply of food to those in need. In 2017 The Sharing Place served or taught over 17,000 children and adults while developing food policy and school programs for future generations.


Ontario Collective launches new MLS® System to better serve consumers

Muskoka – The Ontario Collective is thrilled to announce it has launched the first phase of an enhanced regional MLS® System, unveiling the CoreLogic Matrix platform to support REALTOR® Members deliver the highest level of service to consumers. Joining forces to bring the most comprehensive MLS® System in the province, the Ontario Collective is poised to successfully launch the Matrix platform across 13 real estate boards and associations, once all three phases are completed.

Created by CoreLogic, Matrix is a progressive, flexible MLS® platform used by other real estate boards and associations in Ontario and 670,000 MLS® users across North America, and it will be the common data platform for more than 5,000 and growing REALTOR® Members once the third and final phase is completed in early 2018. Having established a Board of Governors, with representation from each of the 13 Member associations, the Ontario Collective is committed to bringing the best technology and resource base to its Members.

“We’re immensely proud of what we have accomplished together,” said Cathy Polan, Chair of the Ontario Collective Board of Governors. “As a group, we are keenly focused on the future, both for our Members, and also consumers. With better access to data, our unified efforts will give our Members the best-in-class tools to give consumers stronger information to make the big decisions on property ownership.”

The Ontario Collective phase one launch is comprised of London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®, Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board, and Woodstock-Ingersoll and District Real Estate Board.

“This group represents a great range of real estate, from residential, to cottage country with its unique waterfronts and seasonal homes, to farm land, as well as commercial and diverse population densities,” Polan said. “The REALTORS® who work in these areas are local experts who know their market, and I believe this is our greatest criteria for success. Building and delivering this system by bringing the expertise of the team at CoreLogic together with the strong knowledge of our Members has made this project so successful. Open communication, attention to detail, and a common goal of a regional MLS® System for our Members is truly paving the future of real estate in Ontario.”


The Ontario Collective is a collaborative group of 13 real estate boards and associations across Ontario focused on delivering robust data, tools, and the best available technology to support over 5,000 REALTORS®. The Ontario Collective is comprised of Bancroft and Area Association of REALTORS®, Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Association Inc., London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS®, North Bay Real Estate Board, Northumberland Hills Association of REALTORS®, Parry Sound and Area Association of REALTORS®, Peterborough and The Kawarthas Association of REALTORS®, Quinte & District Association of REALTORS® Inc., REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®, The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®, Tillsonburg District Real Estate Board and Woodstock-Ingersoll and District Real Estate Board.


The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Donates $17K Annually to Local Charities

MUSKOKA – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® (The Lakelands) is set to donate $17,000 to shelter-based charities across Muskoka, Haliburton, and Orillia. The Association is accepting grant applications until Friday, September 15, 2017. To raise awareness and ensure each year different organizations benefit, this year The Lakelands is reaching out to our community to spread the word. Local Realtors work to improve quality of life and to build strong, sustainable communities through a variety of initiatives.

“The contributions by The Lakelands members through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation (ORCF) boost the ability for the organization to support residents,” said The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®, President, Mike Stahls. “Local Realtors have a deep pride for their community, and The Lakelands members are committed to our mission of being an integral part of the communities we live in.”

The Lakelands members do much more than trade in real estate. Each member makes monthly donations to ORCF, which are then divided across the jurisdiction to assist local shelter-based charities. The contributions are very important to the communities we live in. Many of our local brokerages give to and support causes in their own specific communities on top of these monthly contributions.

2016 Grant Recipients:
• Burk’s Falls & District Food Bank: provides food and resources for those in need. Covers 7 districts.
• Table Soup Kitchen (Huntsville): provides hot meals & resources. Also operates a men’s shelter.
• Muskoka Interval House (Bracebridge): provides shelter and resources for women & children.
• The Lighthouse (Orillia): meals and drop in services. Also provides shelter for men.
• Places for People (Haliburton): renovates homes to provide affordable housing to qualified applicants.
• Cottage Dreams (Haliburton): provides rental cottages for families to enjoy following cancer treatment.
• 2015 Grant Recipient, The Heat Bank Haliburton (Haliburton): provides households with wood, fuel, or hydro emergencies to keep the heat on.
Said The Heat Bank Haliburton, President, John Telijeur, “The Lakelands REALTORS® valuable contribution will help to keep the heat on for numerous families and seniors this winter—thank you.”
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Lakelands 2017/2018 President & President-Elect Announced

On May 17th at The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors was installed with two new members and Mike Stahls taking over the helm as President from Mike Taylor.  Also, the board selected their President-Elect for the new term: Wendy Webb of Bracebridge.

“Having served as president in 2014, a lot has changed in the real estate industry.  I’m really looking forward to building on the work we’ve done as a board over the past year, looking to the future for our region and members,” said Mike.  Mike’s perspective on special projects over his time serving on the board and his work on committees both at the local board level and provincially including Government Affairs and Marketing/Communications has been a great asset.  His knowledge of organised real estate was put to work during the project of merging Muskoka and Haliburton with the former Orillia board, and during the Search Integration project with neighbouring boards.  Mike was also instrumental in the hiring of current Lakelands Executive Officer Crystal Henderson and for the work being done by several boards and associations across the province in the search for a new MLS® System.

Long-serving Board member Wendy Webb returns as well, bringing proven expertise as President-Elect.  Having served as president in 2010, and with the board for 29 years, Wendy is very active at all levels of organized real estate.  She has worked on several local association committees and with the Futures Implementation Task Force for the Canadian Real Estate Association.  Wendy also has been integral to the recent project in partnership with 12 other boards across the province to develop a new MLS® System for the membership.

The Lakelands is excited to welcome two new board members: Lindsay Elder of Haliburton and Doug Monett of Huntsville.


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