Quebec Realtors and CREA kiss and make up

The Chambre immobilière de la Mauricie and Chambre immobilière de Saint-Hyacinthe boards were two of the five associations from Quebec that announced last year they would  not renew membership with CREA.  

But Lise Giradeau, general manager of the Mauricie board, said many of the issues – including a hike in membership fees – have now been addressed.

CREA has also reassured the Mauricie board that Realtor.ca will not be opened to For Sale by Owner properties and that there will be no data transfers of brokers’ contracts to outside companies.

The agreement was seen as key for CREA given the size of some of the boards. Chambre immobilière de la Mauricie, alone, has 190 dealers and covers the regions of Trois-Rivières and Shawinigan.

The Chambre immobilière de Saint-Hyacinthe also re-joined, with president Pierre Tanguay saying its decision was based on the return of the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board to the CREA fold. He said it would have been harmful to his members if they remained out of the association given the close proximity of the Saint-Hyacinthe market to Montreal.  

The Montreal board said last year it will remain part of CREA until the national association finalizes proposals on how it will operate in the long-term.

In response to the fees issue, CREA approved a motion last year that Quebec members will receive a dues credit for advertising for the next three years.

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