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Mortgage Broker News | 14 Apr 2010, 12:00 AM Agree 0
The battle between commissioner of competition Melanie Aitken and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) intensified again as Aitken alleged "personal attacks" in a court filing with the Competition Tribunal.
  • Tina | 15 Apr 2010, 10:21 AM Agree 0
    I think Miss Aitken has nothing else to do so she is creating all this scene ... we all know that Canada is in a good shape because of out real estate sector which helped us big time to recover from recession ... i don't know why we are having these kind of battle .. it can effect Canadian real estate market big time. I think by allowing MLS open to anyone will invite more frauds , disputes and court cases because of not having expert assistance .... i think we should keep things as is and let things go smoothly ... we don't want any mess like other countries real estate market.
  • Gord | 16 Apr 2010, 02:10 AM Agree 0
    There is an major reporting error in this article when it says, "The changes now allow consumers to list for a flat-fee, without being obligated to use MLS' agents".

    The Bureau is not asking for this, and it is not at issue - listings must continue to be placed in the MLS System by a member on behalf of a seller. The Bureau is not asking for sellers to be able to list directly on the MLS System without a listing brokerage.

    In addition, it has always been possible to list on the MLS System for a flat fee - this is not and has never been an issue. As well, under CREA's MLS Rules there has never been an obligation for agents to show a home.

    It's too bad the media can't get the facts straight on this issue in ots reporting.
  • Matt | 16 Apr 2010, 06:36 AM Agree 0
    But hey, it makes for a better story this way. I was in a meeting where there was quite the discussion about why we as REALTORS were not fighting back in the media. With the way the media twists facts and creates their own "facts" it is no wonder that CREA has chosen to stay out of such a media battle.
  • John | 17 Apr 2010, 04:40 AM Agree 0
    Sorry for the above post, I was compiling a note and making changes when I hit enter and bang, my comment posted. I have asked that it be removed so I can post my thoughts after they have been arranged correctly. This hitting enter and posting is a pain

    Now it works OK!!
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