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It’s official: Montreal board rejoins CREA

The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board has made it official that it is rejoining CREA after an Internet consultation of members from Jan. 28 to 30 found solid backing for a deal with the national association.

“Since this issue began, the board has been animated by one unique objective – defending the interest of our members,” said Patrick Juanéda, president of the close to 10,000-member Montreal board that left CREA late last year. “We are proud to have obtained appreciable gains in recent weeks for the industry and for Quebec’s real estate brokerage industry.”



Under the deal, listings for properties in Quebec posted by brokers not licensed by the OACIQ –- Quebec’s real estate regulatory body – are being removed from Realtor.ca. Agents from outside Quebec will no longer be able to post such properties on Realtor.ca.

As well, CREA will propose at its AGM in March that Quebec member dues be reduced to $225 in 2014 to reflect the previous credit for the national ad campaign and the fact Quebec members do not use WEBforms due to regulatory restrictions. In addition, the three organizations have agreed to address issues surrounding CREA’s data distribution facility and its code of ethics. – Danny Kucharsky

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  • RossK

    The Montreal Board, working in the best interests of THEIR members, as is required under the rules of incorporation for all current MLS systems in Canada, simply used the need for CREA to have legal access to the monthly MLS statistics, to negotiate better terms for their members.
    Under the new non-profit corporations act of Canada, these reduced fees will also be legally available to any of the other regional MLS systems who are in fact, the voting members of CREA. (are your Board of Directors taking similar action to protect your businesses???)

    What is actually the per member cost for WebForms??? Certainly requiring 106,000 members to be forced to pay a 3rd party for technology, which they may never use, seems concerning. Also if Webforms is being paid over $3 per agent, considering the program in 2014 is really nothing more than cloud storage for your offers, something is fishy.

    I suspect the Montreal Board will follow this up with action on the DDF, removing their llstings in the same way Manitoba is not participating. This could benefit other provincial associations if those associations take advantage of this opportunity.

    Will be an interested challenge to RAHB members and OMDREB both, who were told by CREA Staff and Legal Team that they had to participate in the DDF under threat of Competition Bureau action which CREA would then not help with. For some reason Manitoba has failed to see such action take place. hmmmm.

    I think Feburary will be a defining month for CREA. You are lucky you have REM to keep you updated as it appears no one else will…

    I wonder how many broker owners are providing their paying customers, information on just how critical these decisions will be to their businesses in 2014 and beyond.

  • Robert Ede

    Dear Mr Juanita, Resign. Your misinterpretation of the first “consultative” vote caused all this upset. Ad an aside, what labour union were you involved with before taking on this position w the mtl board on the “management / proprietary ” side? IMHO the skills and tactics are not transferable. Robert Ede, Sales Representative, RE / MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd, toronto

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