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By City Staff

The City has received concerns inquiring as to why we did not use a local agent when “listing” on the MLS system. We can advise that the City Purchasing Manager, who assisted the Legal department with the preparation and issuing of the RFP, contacted the Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board in January and inquired as to how to run an ad on MLS for maximum exposure and no commission. From this conversation it was understood by Purchasing that what we wanted could not be done.

Knowing of the Consent Agreement between the Canadian Real Estate Association and the Commissioner of Competition that allowed access to the MLS system, the City Solicitor requested a Google search on how it could be done and was provided with the website www.listmenow.ca. Based on the assistance provided through the website we now have an ad on MLS for a $650 flat fee.

Additionally, RFP ads will be run twice in each of the Observer, London Free Press, Toronto Sun, and the Commercial Daily News throughout February.

This morning the Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board assured us that a “mere listing” can be done through a local agent. A “mere listing” is a listing on the MLS system where a Realtor has agreed not to provide services to the Seller other than submitting the listing for posting on the Board’s MLS System.

Both sides agreed that there may have been a miscommunication during the initial phone call due to different terminology that may have been used. The Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board has offered to have the City list mere listings through them in the future for free and this has been noted by staff.

This article was posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:20 AM

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