The Barrie & District Association of Realtors (BDAR) is recommending that its members integrate with Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB).
The proposed integration would give the more than 1,500 BDAR members consolidated access to complete listing and sold data through a single MLS database, according to a news release.
In the joint statement from TRREB and BDAR, dated Jan. 6, 2023, the organizations note a significant overlap in the MLS data provided by TRREB and BDAR in the Barrie and Simcoe area, as well as a large number of dual members from the Barrie area currently leading to redundancies and confusion in data access.
“…We have negotiated a deal that strengthens our members’ potential for growth while not only protecting but further enhancing our strong regional presence,” says BDAR President Luc Woolsey in a video directed at members. “…I know firsthand the frustration you feel when your clients seemingly have access to more data than you do.”
Woolsey notes the sometimes tedious process of having to log in and out of multiple systems to find a listing and the added challenge of explaining to clients the need to check numerous emails and weed through duplicates.
“Frankly, it’s embarrassing, and through our most recent member survey, the number one issue you asked us to solve,” added Woolsey.
According to the news release, this integration will keep BDAR’s current regional office and local staff in place while giving members access to TRREB’s services.
A formal consultation with members of BDAR and information sharing with TRREB members is now underway.
At the end of the consultation period, Woolsey says the proposal will be put forward to BDAR’s full membership for ratification. Members will have a chance to vote at a special meeting on Feb. 16.
“I truly believe the proposal we are bringing forward to BDAR Members will provide them with the best tools to serve clients, while reducing burdens and unlocking more opportunities,” said Woolsey in the release.
“Our ability as Members to contribute to and guide the direction of the regional board is guaranteed through representation for regional Members at TRREB on the Board of Directors and within committees and task forces.”
Barrie, Ont. is located about an hour north of Toronto.