You may have heard in the news lately that the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) lost its Supreme Court bid to appeal the decision that allows TREB members to release sold prices for homes online to the public.
As my clients (past, present and future) and friends, you’ve always had access to sold prices and other sales data through me. Now, if you choose to, you can also access this sales information online.
I’m in the process of setting up this feature on my website, and you will soon be able to sign up to have access. (Currently, this type of information can only be released on password protected sites, though this may change in the future).
For my active clients, providing and interpreting sales information is part of my job, and nothing will change. And for those of you who are not currently active in the market, but are curious about neighbourhood prices or sold properties, I would much rather continue providing sales data to you personally, where I can provide more insight over and above the numbers—so don’t feel like you shouldn’t “bother” me with your requests for information.
Incidentally, this morning on my way to work, I heard the a radio dj commenting on the TREB news story say something along the lines of “you don’t need to use a brokerage anymore!” which is true, in terms of accessing sales data, but the quick sound bite minimized the support, security and experience that a real estate brokerage and its agents provide. As you probably know, there’s a lot more to buying or selling a home than access to historic sales prices! For some of you who have yet to go through the process of buying or selling a home, or for those that haven’t done it in a while, I’m going to be writing more about that shortly. In the meantime, you can visit howrealtorshelp.ca for a bit more on the topic.