November 11, 2010
The Competition Bureau has cracked down on CREA lately. And while CREA likely thought they complied amply with their requests, it appears that isn’t the case.
Currently, the only way to get historical MLS data is through an agent. The Competition Bureau cannot yet disclose whether an inquiry has been launched. But Lawrence Dale, a real-estate lawyer, has confirmed that the bureau has opened up a complaint regarding the access to this data.
According to the Toronto Sun:
Dale, a self-described “pit bull”, has been leading the charge against CREA’s closed-door policies for nearly a decade. He acted as the bureau’s resident expect in the last case and won. The settlement paved the way for Dale to re-open his discount brokerage.
So it sounds like CREA has some pretty intense people breathing down their necks. First, they had to open up competition with regard to providing listings on the MLS without invoking the full services of an agent. Now, they might have to open up MLS historical data too!
If a deal isn’t reached, it’s expected that Aitken will head back to the Competition tribunal. The fight’s not over yet.