Industry Leaders and Award Winners Find Value in Cloud-Based Brokerage

 

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Aug. 15, 2019 — eXp Realty, The Real Estate Cloud Brokerage and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI), today announced some of the new agents and teams who recently joined the brokerage in Canada.


   Tracey Fines and Tracey Fines Homes, Ontario: 

Fines is a 20-year real estate veteran and an experienced investor. She is also an award-winning, published interior designer, author and speaker. Her speaking and TV appearances help buyers, sellers and investors unlock a property’s potential.  

 

    Derek Gillette, and Derek Gillette and Associates, British Columbia:

During his more than 20 years in the real estate industry, Gillette was named one of Canada’s Top Realtors® by Real Estate Professional Magazine and the No. 1 Realtor® at RE/MAX of Nanaimo for several years. He earned RE/MAX International’s highest achievement, Circle of Legends Award, for achieving $10 million in gross commission after being with the company at least 10 years. In addition, he developed marketing analytics software that is used by real estate agents across Canada.

 

    Wayne Jewell and The Diamond Real Estate Team, Ontario:

Jewell was the No. 1 Realtor® at Sutton Preferred Realty for four years before starting his own mini franchise, Sutton Diamond Realty. He and his team of six had more than $70 million in sales for 2018. As a way to give back to his community, he donates part of his commissions to the local food bank. To date, he has given more than $8,000. 

 

    Pierre Nadeau and Nadeau Real Estate Group, Ontario:

Nadeau has been in real estate for 16 years. He and his team sell between 300 and 400 homes each year. He earned the Chairman’s Club award at Royal LePage for achieving the top one percent on a national level, 10 out of 14 years. 

 

    Gopal Sahota, British Columbia:

Sahota is the current president of the British Columbia chapter of the Asian Real Estate Association of America and was previously president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. He earned numerous sales awards in real estate and volunteers in the community as a coach and mentor for children.

    Jason Simard and Sims Real Estate Group, British Columbia:

Simard has been in real estate for nearly four years. In 2017 and 2018 he and his team achieved the highest annual production level of Diamond Club at RE/MAX. In 2018 with seven licensed agents, the team closed 257 transactions representing $105 million in sales volume and more than $2.1 million in gross commission income.

 

    Rachel Vanderveen and The Vanderveen Team, Alberta:

Vanderveen has been in real estate since 2006. She and her team were top producers at their previous brokerage, earning the MaxWell South Star Realty Chairman’s Award the past four years. In 2018, Vanderveen earned the brokerages’ Community Spirit Award, for her ongoing charity work with the Auburn Bay Angels.

 

About eXp Realty

eXp Realty is an eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPI) company. eXp World Holdings also owns eXp World Technologies, LLC, which operates VirBELA.

 

eXp Realty, The Real Estate Cloud Brokerage, is the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America. It is one of the fastest growing real estate brokerage firms in North America with more than 21,000 agents across 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and five Canadian provinces. As a subsidiary of a publicly traded company, eXp Realty uniquely offers real estate professionals within its ranks opportunities to earn eXp World Holdings stock for production and contributions to overall company growth.

 

VirBELA offers a modern, cloud-based environment focused on education and team development with clients in various industries from government to retail. VirBELA developed eXp Realty’s current cloud campus, which provides 24/7 access to collaborative tools, training and socialization for the company’s agents and staff. 

 

For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.exprealty.com.


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In case you haven't heard, there are some very important discussions presently occurring with regards to our Chinook fishery during 2019 and likely beyond. There are many diverse stocks of Chinook, and while some are doing very well, the early timed 4.2 and 5.2 Chinook from the Fraser River are in serious trouble (these particular Chinook spend 2 years in fresh water before entering the ocean). Two options have been presented by DFO, but neither are well thought out, and both will have a devastating impact on the recreational sportfishing industry ( DFO Chinook Management Approach Letter ). 

Scenario A basically calls for no retention of Chinook from April 1st until August 1st south of Winter Harbour on the West Coast and Port Hardy on the East coast of Vancouver Island. Scenario B has no increased measures for the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and allows for 1 Chinook per day on the inside from Port Hardy down most of Georgia Strait and Howe Sound, but has a 1 hatchery Chinook only limit in the waters of Area 29 around Vancouver and in the St. of Juan de Fuca. This would be fine except that we only clip about 4 or 5% of our hatchery Chinook and during the time frame between April 1st and August 1st, the vast majority of the Chinook we catch in our local waters are unclipped hatchery Chinook. Therefore, this option is also not acceptable until DFO clips 100% of our hatchery Chinook. Once they begin doing this, we can move to a hatchery Chinook retention only fishery a couple years after they begin clipping (it will take that long for the fish to grow to legal size).

The science shows (Creel Survey, Avid Angler DNA data, and other sources from within DFO) that the recreational fishery DOES NOT CATCH these stocks of concern.  They make up less than one half of a percentage of the saltwater recreational catch. Therefore, curtailing the recreational catch WILL NOT HELP THESE STOCKS IN THE LEAST.  The only thing that is going to help these stocks increase is to use hatcheries to help augment these stocks while at the same time they also need to invest in habitat restoration projects so that the returning adults in the future have somewhere to spawn and where their young can rear safely.  

On the subject of young rearing safely, we also need to bring back the natural ecosystem at the mouth of the Fraser River which ALWAYS HAD THE HUMAN HARVESTING OF SEALS until the 1970's when a law banning their hunting came into effect. This is not natural for this ecosystem (the BC Coast in general). You must remember that this ecosystem is only a few thousand years old.  It was only created at the end of the last ice age. At this time, rivers first formed and salmon runs evolved. At the same time the first humans crossed the Bering Sea land bridge into North America and migrated down into this area. Their villages were located on the salmon bearing streams where they harvested salmon in addition to the seals and other mammals they always hunted. Of course they would have kept seal numbers well in check anywhere near their villages.  The "green" organizations like the Suzuki Foundation do not look at the bigger picture when they say we shouldn't harvest seals to help the salmon. Yes, we went a bit overboard prior to the 70's with a general cull and bounty on seals, but they don't see that the law of the 70's that completely stopped the harvest is what threw nature out of balance.  
 
Any regulations put in place on the recreational anglers will not help restore these early timed Chinook as we are not impacting their numbers in any significant way. We need to reduce predation so as to allow the young to survive to adulthood or else anything else we do will be for naught.  The science studying seal predation on salmon smolts definitively shows that there are seals that are salmon smolt eating specialists, and that they specifically target larger smolts rather than smaller ones (bigger meal for the effort). Since the 4.2 and 5.2 Chinook have spent an extra year in the river growing before they migrate out to sea, they are far larger than their 1 year old cousins from the S. Thompson system for example. The S. Thompson Chinook are generally doing very well (runs are far larger now than they were a few decades ago), while the larger 4.2 and 5.2 Chinook smolts are getting devastated by seals as they enter the sea, and their runs are collapsing. Note, this will also be a reason why Steelhead are not doing well on many rivers. They also have very large smolts. We need to allow a traditional harvest of these river and estuary seals as the the Pacific Balance Pinniped Society is pushing for. Those who voice concerns that harvesting the seals will have a negative impact on the Transient Orcas who feed on them also need not worry since the river mouth and "in river" seals are not targeted by them anyway. The Transient Orca typically cruise the Strait and attached inlets picking off seals that live out away from the river mouths.
 
Anyone who wishes to fish for Chinook this summer needs to take some time and write a letter outlining your concerns. 
 
Here are some guidelines:
  • Begin by describing your connection and history with the fishery. Are you a business? Are you a local angler? Is fishing part of your family traditions? Do your children enjoy fishing? Do you fish for food?

  • How does angling activity impact your life and your family?

  • If you are a business, how many people do you employ? How long have you been active in the community? How dependent are you on fishing?

  • What will be the impact of scenario “A” on your business, employees, family and community? Don’t be afraid to use powerful language, but never resort to foul language.

  • Do not recommend scenario “B”. Focus on the impact of scenario “A”. By choosing scenario “B” you will limit our ability to improve upon it. This will be especially important for anglers in the Juan de Fuca and Georgia Strait.

  • Restrict your letter to just one page.

  • Talk to your friends and associates and encourage them to send letters!

Key Messaging regarding the BC sport fishing sector (2016 data):

  • $1.1 billion in annual sales

  • $398 million GDP contribution to BC

  • 9000 jobs resulting in 3950 person-years of employment

  • The public fishery is the single largest economic driver of all BC fisheries, yet harvests less than 15% of halibut and 10% of salmon coast wide. It is estimated that the public fishery accounts for less than 4% of all fish harvested in BC. 

Letters must be received by DFO before March 1sty, 2019

Send them to:

DFO.PacificSalmonRMT-EGRSaumonduPacifique.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Jeff.grout@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Rebecca.Reid@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

min@dfo-mpo-gc.ca

  

For those of you who do wish to get out fishing in the near future, we will still have a 2 Chinook per day limit through the month of March. I could be wrong, but it is looking like the best case scenario we will see as of April 1st will be a 1 Chinook per day limit (hopefully not hatchery only) through until August 1st. There are some other possibilities being bandied about including a maximum size, and/or lowering the minimum size so as to target the smaller hatchery fish (even the unclipped ones) that make up the vast majority of the Chinook in our local waters during the spring months, but one way or another we should know by the middle to latter part of March in time for the implementation of these new regulations on April 1s-- 
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