Sep 24, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Toronto Real Estate Board chief executive officer John DiMichele says he has seen evidence of brokers’ remarks about homeowners being posted online – and they often include notes about times when young children are home alone – and information about homeowners with hearing impairments – who require visitors to be extra loud when knocking on the door.

DiMichele says realtors are not allowed to post such details online – and this type of information is not included – in a recent feed of home sales numbers that TREB recently made available to its members.

He says the violations are so concerning that TREB has been writing to realtors who posted sales data online before TREB’s release – in an effort to determine the source of the data – and how brokers’ remarks are being published.

This comes weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada decided not to hear a case – where TREB was fighting to prevent home sales data from being posted on realtors’ password-protected websites.

The Board had argued for seven years at three judicial bodies – that allowing the data to be released would create privacy and copyright concerns. But the Competition Bureau insisted that keeping the numbers secret was anti-competitive and stifled innovation.

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