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ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Delegates from Canada’s 101 local real estate boards Sunday ratified a deal worked out by the federal Competition Bureau and the real-estate industry.
It would allow consumers to choose what services they want from their agent when selling their homes, and to pay for only those services.
The deal was reached after months of negotiations between the competition watchdog and the Canadian Real Estate Association that represents some 100,000 realtors.
The bureau chief was quick to praise the ratification.
"I am pleased that CREA members have voted in favour of this agreement," said commissioner Melanie Aitken.
"For Canadian homeowners, it ensures that they will have the freedom to choose which services they want from a real-estate agent and to pay for only those services."