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MLS rules and CREA will go before a Competition Tribunal

Competition Commissioner Melanie Aitken has moved to bring the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) before a Competition Tribunalto seek a ruling that would force CREA to change MLS rules that she believes limit competition and harm consumers.


Following a lengthy investigation, the Competition Bureau announced in early November that they believed some of CREA’s rules limit the options that real estate agents might otherwise provide consumers in marketing their homes if the rules didn’t exist. At the time, CREA indicated that they were interested in working towards a settlement and apparently; discussions have been ongoing since that time. In a Globe and Mail open forumtoday, CREA President Dale Ripplinger claimed that the two parties were “close” to reaching an agreement that would settle the dispute, and expressed that he was “surprised” by the bureau’s announcement that the case would head to a Competition Tribunal for resolution.


An overview of the issues identified buy the bureau as problematic can be found here.The Competition Bureau's release on this matter is here. CREA's response to the Competition Bureau's move is here.


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Norm Fisher, Author of the TeamFisher Saskatoon Real Estate Blog

About Norm

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.Less...

Licensed in 1993, Norm brings a wealth of experience to TeamFisher. He has worked in every imaginable capacity including sales agent, office manager, team leader, broker and now, broker/owner. Norm has written a weekly review of the Saskatoon real estate market for more than 650 consecutive weeks which may make him the most consistent industry blogger in the world.

Norm is known for his passion for technology and can most often be found exploring and experimenting with the next big thing in real estate marketing. He was the first Saskatoon real estate agent to promote a home online and has been an early adopter of new technologies ever since. “Everything about this business has changed over the past 20 years, and it will happen again in the next ten. An open mind and a curious attitude are all that’s needed to continue to find new ways to serve our clients by delivering a faster, smoother, worry-free transaction,” says Norm.

In his spare time, Norm enjoys Crossfit and cycling, some years accumulating over 2,000 kilometres on the road. He’s a strong supporter of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation and enjoys raising funds by joining fun, fitness-related initiatives like the Grouse Grind for Shelter. In 2015, he trekked the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu. In 2017 he walked the southern highlands of Iceland across mountains, sand, snow, ice, lava fields and forest for seven days. Collectively those initiatives raised over a million dollars for Canadian women's shelters.
 

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