War of the words, Part II

With a deadline of December 31, 2013, set by the Quebec-based board, time is ticking for both parties to resolve their long-running dispute.

Diane Ménard, vice-president of the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board, told CREW that her board’s members are “frustrated” by the lengthy ordeal and want CREA to accommodate their demands.

“There is a lot of frustration with the duplication of services,” said Ménard, this week. “There is no reason why we cannot have an a la carte of tools that both associations can use. Just like we use some of their tools, they should adhere to ours.”

The Board, in fact, sent a letter to CREA outlining its intention to resign membership effective December 31, 2013, if its “demands” are not being met.

“All of our members will decide in mid-December on what to do," she said. "After three years and waiting for changes to be done, they are naturally frustrated. Now is the time to decide.”

Randall McCauley, vice-president of government relations at the Canadian Real Estate Association, says his association is also “disappointed,” specifically by Montreal’s latest step, adding that have always been open to negotiations and open to Montreal's  “unique” position.

“With the full support of our members, we reduce their member dues over two years ago and extended that for three years,” he said. "So they are paying 25 per cent less than other members.”

McCauley said he questions their motivation for this latest move with “certain facts lost in the argument.”

CREA proposed a meeting with the Montreal board in late September, he added, arguing “they chose not to make themselves available."

But, he's hopefull that as with previous obstacles, the two sides should manage to come to an agreement, although this may not be the case “if some people are not willing to compromise.”

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