News 21: Message from Don Lawby in Response to CREA Ratifying the Competition Consent Agreement
This communication is available to all System members in Canada.
October 27, 2010
Last Sunday, October 24 2010 in St. John’s NL, Board and Association delegates endorsed CREA’s consent agreement with the Commissioner of Competition.
We are very happy that the negotiations have finally come to a conclusion. We believe that what has been negotiated is a confirmation of what is currently being practiced in many areas of organized Real Estate across the country.
If a homeowner wants to have their property shown on a website, that is related to organized Real Estate (Real Estate Board site or REALTOR.ca), that property must be placed there by a member of organized Real Estate and not by the consumer.
The Commissioner and CREA have agreed that its rules as well as those of its members should not deny or discriminate against REALTORS® wishing to offer mere posting services. CREA does not believe that such rules exist today, but if they do, they must be repealed or Boards will lose their license to operate under the MLS® trademarks. Board MLS® Systems remain a member to member service designed to provide accurate and timely information critical to the delivery of professional real estate services to Canadians.
Now that the deal is complete, we can all go back to business.