Top 5 real estate news stories this week:
The federal Competition Bureau is taking TREB to court for uncompetitive behaviour. TREB has been working cautiously to address the disputed issue, but apparently too slowly for some. Is the Competition Bureau grandstanding?
Toronto Star (Canada Press) – May 27
While many Canadians would consider selling their homes privately with the advice of a real estate lawyer, few are aware of and understand changes to getting on the Multiple Listing Service® according to an Environics poll.
Canadian Business (The Canadian Press) – May 26
The dream of home ownership is alive and well, but affordability is a concern. OREA is proposing three policy initiatives to help encourage home ownership.
REM Online – May 30 (quoting Barb Sukkau)
Because homeowners can now have a willing agent list their homes on the Multiple Listing Service®, doesn’t mean they are experienced in pricing a home accurately, negotiating an offer to receive the best possible price or any of the other services the professionals offer. Are homeowners really saving money by going at it alone?
Ezine Articles – May 25
Housing starts across Canada are forecast to stabilize at levels consistent with demographic fundamentals in 2011 and 2012.
Exchange Magazine – May 31