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Toronto Real Estate Board and Privacy

March 18th, 2012

Toronto Real Estate Board and Privacy

The Toronto Real Estate Board believes that the Canadian Competition Bureau is taking action that would force TREB to abandon the safeguards in the MLS® system and make personal information publicly available on the Internet,

threatening the privacy and safety of Greater Toronto property buyers and sellers. 

The Toronto Real Estate Board has released t ...

Government announces new HST/PST Transitional Rules

February 18th, 2012

Government announces new HST/PST Transitional Rules

In BC, REALTORS® have help create our future.

Since the HST on new homes was announced in 2010, BCREA, I, along with Boards and REALTORS® have advocated for:

  • an increase in the threshold value of homes to be covered by the rebate;
  • an increase in the rebate amount; and
  • an announcement of the transition rules for new homes as early ...

Density in our neighbourhoods

December 14th, 2011

Density in our neighbourhoods

Density. It’s a dirty word in some neighbourhoods, including my own.

Yet we keep hearing forecasts that by 2041, the population of Metro Vancouver will grow by 1.2 million residents to 3.4 million, which will require about 575,000 new housing units to be built.

Since we’re surrounded by ocean, mountains and the border, we’re going to have to densify – a wo ...

A new online real estate ecosystem of opportunity

December 10th, 2011

A new online real estate ecosystem of opportunity

Do you want to have a look at one of my all-time favourite videos?

Innovative Project Video (scroll down) premiered at CREA’s Leadership Day on October 24, 2011. Since then I’ve watched this 4-minute animation countless times. Each time I’ve learned something new.

In the video, we learn about why it’s important for us to open up the ML ...

MLS® Home Price Index coming

December 3rd, 2011

MLS® Home Price Index coming

This is what collaboration looks like.

The Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver real estate boards and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) are collaborating to develop a national housing price index – to be launched in January 2012.

The key goal of this important initiative is to develop innovative tools and data to suppo ...

Creating our future

November 28th, 2011

Creating our future

How do we – the leaders of organized real estate - ensure REALTORS® are ahead of the curve when it comes to meeting the needs of property buyers and sellers and creating value for them? 

How do we do this not just for now but for five years from now and for a decade from now?

I think three key ways are for boards and associations to collaborate across Canada to pr ...

Let’s invent the wheel – together

November 10th, 2011

Let’s invent the wheel – together

On Leadership Day 2011, CREA launched its Futures Planning initiative to identify what property buyers and sellers will want in the next 5-10 years.

From April to October 2011, 900 REALTORS® across Canada provided input at Futures sessions – telling us what they thought. Their input was summarized in a report, Exploring Possible Futures for Organized Re ...

Creating our future

November 3rd, 2011

Creating our future

Think about our future – for both REALTORS® and for organized real estate.

To survive and prosper “all levels of organized real estate must work together in a collaborative manner to create our future,” according to Gary Morse, CREA President

What can we do to continue to create value for property buyers and sellers?

At a futures session in Toronto on October 24, C ...

David Eaves and open data

October 27th, 2011

David Eaves and open data

In a presentation to CREA earlier this week, David Eaves, an adviser on open data, talked about the importance of opening up MLS® data to everyone who wants it – including FSBOs and other businesses.

Eaves explained that our world in real estate is about to get more open, and as an industry we need to see ourselves as enablers, not as gatekeepers of MLS® data ...

MLS® data is just one important component of what we offer

September 12th, 2011

MLS® data is just one important component of what we offer

If potential home buyers and sellers want to freely access MLS® data, they only have to visit www.realtor.ca and there it all is - freely and publicly available.

Logins, passwords and approvals aren’t required. All that is required is access to a computer or handheld device and the internet.

But what some buyers and sellers do ...

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Moving towards a National Housing Strategy

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What are the key challenges we face as a profession?

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Will a luxury or speculation tax create more affordable housing?

February 2nd, 2016
Will a luxury or speculation tax create more affordable housing? In the last month, both the Mayor of Vancouver and economists from the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser Un...Click here to read more detail about 'Will a luxury or speculation tax create more affordable housing?'