Cease and desists letter sent to agent sharing sold data

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A website that shares Toronto’s sold data with subscribers has been “temporarily suspended.”

The website torealestatesold.com, which is managed by agent Fraser Beach, posted an online message Thursday that its publication has been temporarily suspended following the receipt of a cease and desist letter from the Toronto Real Estate Board’s legal counsel.

The full message can be seen below.



This isn’t the first time the website has received such legal threats.

In March of last year, the website was taken down following a similar letter from TREB.

"In light of recent developments, we fear that making this information available to you, in this form, may be threatening our ability to continue operating as a real estate brokerage," Beach wrote at the time.

However, a mere month later the website was back up and running.

“The public wants to get more involved and do their due diligence…and determine for themselves what is happening with real estate values,” Beach, the broker of record for Select/Plan Real Estate and the agent behind TOsolds.ca, told REP at the time. “The service was invaluable to them to know what’s really happening in the market place.”

Earlier this summer, TREB was ordered to open its sold data to the public following a competition tribunal ruling. In July, the board said it was appealing that decision.

With the recent cease and desist letter, it’s obvious TREB is still fighting that ruling.

REP has reached out to Fraser Beach. This story is developing.
 
  • Gary on 2016-09-08 1:36:48 PM

    Let's hope Fraser wins this round. TREB has become too powerful and even bullying in some cases with other real estate boards. With any luck, the Tribunal's ruling will be upheld. People should be able to obtain as much information as there is on anything they plan to do/purchase...especially when it involves hundreds of thousands of dollars...

  • DB on 2016-09-08 2:35:49 PM

    Hey Gary, remember the board charges all agents fees aboth monthly and per transaction to provide the MLS data and to staff the board. It's NOT FREE. Let the public go to the Registry and conduct there own searches and see if it's free. Then again, you probably work for some low fee company and take a lot of risks for very little. Wait til you get hit with fines etc for "failing to properly...." and you'll figure it out.

  • Mortgage Michael on 2016-09-08 2:37:04 PM

    Fully agreed, Gary!

  • Johnny on 2016-09-08 4:59:07 PM

    This information should be publicly accessible. What can we do to help Fraser win?

  • Derek on 2016-09-08 5:25:52 PM

    The question is on who's dollar is information being given ,as a Realtor I have to pay for all the information I get , so why shouldn't others have to pay .

  • Geblo on 2016-09-08 8:56:37 PM

    When will the board understand that it is in their own interest to publish or allow publishing of the sold data?

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