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Windsor and Ottawa boards advocate on REALTOR® issues before the Finance Committee

OREA applauds two local boards, the Windsor-Essex County Association of REALTORS® and the Ottawa Real Estate Board, that appeared in front of the Ontario Standing Committee of Finance and Economic Affairs (SCFEA) to provide REALTOR® input to the 2013 provincial budget.

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Both Windsor and Ottawa REALTORS® advocated for the electronic agreements of purchase and sale. Just one week prior, REALTORS® came to Queen’s Park to support a private member’s bill to strike an exemption of electronic agreements of purchase and sale from the Electronic Commerce Act, 2000.

Two boards also expressed their vigorous opposition to the potential spread of a municipal land transfer tax  across Ontario as municipalities search for additional funding tools.

Ottawa REALTORS® continued pushing for the creation of a province wide registry of former marijuana grow operations and clandestine laboratories, which will help protect home buyers from purchasing a grow op unknowingly. Significant progress on the issue was made in the legislature with a bill introduced March 7th, calling for the registry.

OREA has already prepared its formal pre-budget submission containing all these recommendations and will be presenting it to MPPs, ministers and civil servants in the coming weeks.

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