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Canadian Real Estate Association

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At Banff Western Connection, CREA opted to perpetuate the fear of those with a vested interest in keeping Zillow out and then offered no opportunity for questions or rebuttal from those of us who support Zillow.

Bill Harrington

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Bill Harrington, general counsel at CREA, recently announced that he will retire in April. Harrington is known for his appearances at real estate board conferences and events to explain recent legal issues to members.

Michael Bourque

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Michael Bourque, CEO of the Canadian Real Estate Association, doesn’t like the term “organized real estate”. He says the staff at CREA’s Ottawa offices no longer use it, because they know he doesn’t like it.

Patrick Arkeveld

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CREA has partnered with Lone Wolf Technologies to provide a new version of CREA WEBForms that includes unlimited document storage, forms, MLS integration and agent-level transaction management.

Barb Sukkau (Photo by Union Eleven Photographers)

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For her year as CREA president, Barb Sukkau adopted the theme of We R One. "It means we’re stronger together," she says. "As we move forward in these challenging times, it’s important for us to work together."

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Realtors are intended to be “trusted” middlemen. What a future Realtor’s role might be requires a separate article but, with absolute certainty, it won’t be gatekeepers of MLS data.

From left: CREA CEO Michael Bourque with propGram team members Bahar Eghtesadi, Reza Farahani and Maryam Moafi.

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CREA recently hosted 77 developers and programmers for a Realtor.ca “hackathon” to seek ideas that will improve the website. The winning proposal was developed by team propGram.

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As a member of CREA, you own the website that has, on average, 300,000 accurate Realtor listings at any given time. Not to mention the 264 million visits and the 2.6 million leads generated from Realtor.ca – at no additional cost – last year alone.

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CREA’s Board of Directors has voted to add sold and historical data to the property listings on Realtor.ca without the need for a login.

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I agree that Zillow should not receive for free the right to advertise a Realtor’s hard-won property listing. But consumers win big-time from competition. So will Realtors.