LSTAR's Webinar Series

Every spring and fall, LSTAR offers webinars on timely issues and topics of interest selected by our members.

Led by real estate professionals and industry experts, these complimentary webinars are intended to help REALTORS® grow their business, offer more value to their clients, and cultivate a strong and dynamic REALTOR® community.


The 2023 spring webinar series of LSTAR features eight educational sessions on various topics – from the intricacies of rural properties to new legislation to community tours with regional home builders.  All of our educational webinars are intended to give you the tools and the knowledge necessary to better conduct your businesses and help your clients.

Register now for our 2023 spring webinar series!

1. Being Rural Ready – No City, No Problem!

With Rick Shelley, FRI, REI, Broker of Record

We are excited to offer you a comprehensive presentation that delves into the intricacies of rural properties - unique properties that you will be well-equipped to buy or sell after completing this highly informative and anticipated course on being "Rural Ready".

Our course is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge to navigate the complexities of the Agreement of Purchase and Sale (APS), ensuring that you are ready to serve your clients effectively. This knowledge-based seminar will focus on preparing Salespersons to provide exceptional service to their clients.

The topics covered in the course will include:

  • Code of Ethics 
  • Water 
  • Wells and Systems 
  • Septic Systems with FAQ and Tips 
  • Soil and pesticides 
  • Farm Property Taxes and HST 
  • Appraisal perspective 
  • Clauses for the APS; and 
  • Q & A

The recording of this webinar is available on the LSTAR Member Hub.

2. The Trust in Real Estate Services Act: What You Need to Know

With Ray Ferris, Broker of Record, FRI, MVA, e-Pro, SRS, ABR

The Government of Ontario has delayed the April 1, 2023, in-force date of the Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2002 (TRESA), 2020 Phase Two legislative and regulatory changes to assess a proposal to further enhance consumer protection and offer more consumer choice. This 90- minute virtual presentation focuses on the key points that registrants will need to know.  This session will cover all phase two regulations that will come into force including: 

  • A new principle-based Code of Ethics
  • Enhanced disclosures 
  • The elimination of the "Customer" relationship
  • The barrier to open offers will be removed, giving sellers the option to use an open offer process
  • Mandatory "Information Guide" for consumers
  • Updated regulatory powers will be updated, allowing assessors to issue financial penalties (administrative penalties)
  • Designated Representation

The recording of this webinar is available on the LSTAR Member Hub.

3. Southwestern Ontario Commercial Market Analysis & Outlook


  • Raymond Wong, Altus Group (Presenter)
  • Lisa Lansink, Moderator and Chair of LSTAR’s Commercial Committee
  • Lisa Handa, Associate Vice-President and Sales Representative at Colliers (Office), Panelist
  • David Yanoshita, Vice-President and Sales Representative at CBRE Limited (Land), Panelist
  • Ainslee Tracey, Broker at Royal LePage Triland Realty in St.Thomas, Panelist 

As our region prepares for a wider reopening of the economy, we are pleased to offer a panel presentation that will give participants a comprehensive overview of local commercial property investments and their current value. The presentation also includes an in-depth discussion on the latest trends in the commercial real estate market, such as the surge of remote work and the growth of e-commerce, and how these factors affect commercial real estate activities in our area.

Our panelists share their insights and observations from their first-hand experience on the ground, providing attendees with a better understanding of the current state of local investment activities, as well as any associated opportunities and risks.

The recording of this webinar is available on the LSTAR Member Hub.

4. Federal Budget and Current Market Conditions

With Libro Credit Union and Sagen

  • Shannon Higgins, Libro Credit Union Home Financing Advisor
  • Jenifer Kelly, Libro Credit Union Home Financing Advisor
  • Justin Smith, Sagen Account Manager, Southwestern Ontario

How will the recent Federal Budget impact the local real estate market? Join Libro Credit Union and Justin Smith from Sagen for a comparative analysis of this year’s budget and learn about the changes and challenges that REALTORS® and their clients will face as a result.

The recording of this webinar is available on the LSTAR Member Hub. 

5. GeoWarehouse® Tips and Tricks

With Alicia Flores, Customer Success Representative

Join Alicia Flores, Teranet's Customer Success Representative and GeoWarehouse® expert, for an informative session on how to leverage the available reports inside GeoWarehouse® to safeguard you and your clients.

This presentation goes beyond the basics of GeoWarehouse®, providing an in-depth understanding of the various reports that can help protect you and your clients. In this session, you will learn about the following key topics:

  • How to customize the Property Report. 
  • Use enhanced mapping and search capabilities. 
  • Find comparable sales 
  • Identify existing easements on a property, and more!

The recording of this webinar is available on the LSTAR Member Hub.

6. Thrive Through A Fluctuating Market

With Jen Dumitrescu, Broker and CEO of JD Consulting Services 

In the midst of a fluctuating real estate market, it's crucial to maintain momentum in your business. Join Jen Dumitrescu, who will provide practical advice on how to keep your business moving forward during a real estate market downturn.

In this webinar, we will cover the following topics:

  • Where to find leads and dispel any myths around leads
  • What to do with your money during market shifts
  • How to demonstrate your value: for new agents, what you can do, and for experienced agents, what's even more important
  • Mistakes to avoid during market shifts
  • What to communicate to your clients
  • Who to turn to when you have doubts

We will also provide a free handout that you can use immediately after the webinar, which will guide you in implementing these easy and straightforward suggestions.

The recording of this webinar is available on the LSTAR Member Hub.

7. New Communities Tour and Conversation with Region Home Builders 

June 13, 2023 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
With Randy Pawlowski, LSTAR's Immediate Past President and Moderator

We are pleased to announce a session moderated by LSTAR's Past-President, Randy Pawlowski. This session will feature local home builders who will provide participants with a virtual tour of their latest projects and homes. During the session, the home builders will share their insights on the current market conditions and the key drivers affecting new construction costs.

Join us for this informative session to gain a comprehensive understanding of the local housing market and its latest trends.

Zoom Registration Link

8. Buying, Selling and Renting Condos: What You Need to Know

June 20, 2023 @ 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
With Shane Haskell OLCM, RCM, LCCI, CEO & President 

Join us for an upcoming webinar that will provide insights into the special considerations that apply to condominium real estate transactions. This session will be beneficial for everyone, from first-time buyers to older adults looking to downsize. During the webinar, you will learn about the fundamentals of condominiums, status certificates, and their components, along with condo fees/budgets, insurance, and reserve fund studies.

Whether you are a seasoned investor or a novice looking to invest in the condominium market, this informative session will help you navigate the complexities of these transactions and make informed decisions. Don't miss this opportunity to broaden your knowledge and get an edge in the real estate market.

Zoom Registration Link

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