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 Agents from outside Quebec will no longer be able to post such properties on

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