TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 17, 2016) - The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® (BDAR) and the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) have entered into an MLS® services partnership to provide members with more extensive MLS® services and greater resources.
On August 11, 2016, the official agreement between the two boards was signed at a BDAR Special Board Meeting, held at the Kempenfelt Centre in Innisfil.
"This MLS® services partnership will be beneficial to members from both BDAR and TREB as well as consumers," said Mike Douglas, BDAR 2016 President. "Members from both boards will have access to a larger database, creating an easy flow of information for REALTORS® so they can provide the best service to their clients."
Recognizing the overlap in markets, this partnership is a responsible step forward that will remove barriers and open the flow of information.
"We are moving in the right direction, partnerships like this one will be the way of the future," said Julia Price-Greig, BDAR Executive Officer. "BDAR members already extend into the TREB market and vice versa, making this partnership a natural progression. Access to a more extensive database will benefit all members, their clients, and the industry as a whole."
BDAR and TREB will remain separate boards, each with their own identity and member benefits; however, each board will have access to a better database and more resources, enabling Members of both boards to serve their clients more effectively and efficiently.
"Leveraging the strengths of our two distinct boards makes good sense," said John DiMichele, TREB CEO. "This partnership is emblematic of how innovative and progressive solutions can bring both our boards into the future. It is impressive that the BDAR and TREB Board of Directors have had the vision to see the value of a partnership and the leadership to bring it to fruition."
"As a REALTOR®, it is easy for me to see the value in this partnership," said Larry Cerqua, TREB President. "Being able to provide consumers with the best options for their buying and selling needs is the number one goal of every REALTOR® and, with this agreement, fulfilling that goal will be much easier for TREB and BDAR real estate professionals."
It is expected that the full benefits of this switch will be seen in time for the spring market.