There has been much public misinformation concerning the Agreement between the federal Competition Bureau and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA). In an effort to explain the MLS rules, I have posted below two FAQ's on the topic, and CREA's response to them:
Can the public put properties directly on Board MLS® Systems?
No. Board MLS® Systems are still member to member services. Home sellers can hire a brokerage to list and sell their property and negotiate the level of service they want from their REALTOR® and the commission or fees they want to pay for that service.
Are Brokerages required to offer mere posting services?
No. CREA does not tell its members how to run their businesses and the Consent Agreement does not obligate Brokers to offer mere posting services. The Consent Agreement simply specifies that Board and Association rules cannot prevent or discriminate against mere posting business models.
In all situations, Realtors must take responsibility for the accuracy of the information submitted for inclusion in a Board’s MLS® System.