Thank you for your support!
Since we were compelled to suspend publication of the Just Sold report I have received 1,000’s of emails from from subscribers. Most of the messages have been supportive and encouraged perseverance. Some recommended “fixes” that we are not able to implement.
As many of you know, this is yet another chapter in a saga that has been going on for a decade. It started 2007 when, in conjunction with Bell Canada, I launched the first VOW website in Canada. Although that venture did not end well, it started a revolution that has changed how most Canadians access real estate market information.
In the intervening years, millions of dollars have been expended on legal fees and court cost to bring a resolution to the issues involved in disseminating listing data. The principal proponent of the cause to bring openness and transparency to the real estate marketplace has been my lawyer and friend Lawrence Dale.
The final chapter in this quest will be written by Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal in THE TORONTO REAL ESTATE BOARD v. COMMISSIONER OF COMPETITION. The appeal is scheduled to be heard in Toronto on December 5 and 6.
We appreciate your continued support and remain totally focused on the timely return of the Just Sold report to your email in-box.
Thank you, Fraser
PostScript: Lawrence Dale continues in his quest to bring innovation and enhanced value to real estate practices with his latest venture, Dale Legal Realty Solutions. Buyers in particular can get real professional help … and buyers need all the help they can get in the current real estate environment.
On Monday hearings before the Competition Tribunal resume in the long-running dispute between the Toronto Real Estate Board and Canada’s Commissioner of Competition. The eventual decision of the Tribunal will have a profound affect on how real estate information may be made available to the Canadian public.
Our expectations is that the major result will be to require online user registration to gain full access to MLS® listing information.
Thus the preemptive launch of our online membership channel which provides exclusive access to:
on all residential listings published on the Toronto Real Estate Board’s MLS® system.
Our new Sold.Watch internet presence is designed to be a more convenient, visible and robust way of gaining instant access to authentic real estate market facts.
You can get ahead of the game now by subscribing to our exclusive online access.
Late each evening we go live on our exclusive new members-only site with links to all residential properties in the GTA listed and sold on that day. The reports include all listings in the Greater Toronto Area published on the Toronto Real Estate Board’s MLS® system.
Just Listed Report
Just Sold Report
In anticipation of upcoming changes in real estate industry regulations, concerning the distribution of listing data – see link – we are converting to an exclusive membership platform.
Because of the costs associated with maintaining the membership website, we are introducing a monthly subscription fee of $1.00 – paid $3.00 quarterly.
Our existing email subscribers – that’s you – will continue to receive your existing service but new subscriptions will only be available on the new platform. Email distribution will also be available to new subscribers.
These changes are necessary to ensure that our services remain compliant with industry regulations and permit us to provide consumer reporting well into the future.
Since we began publishing the Toronto Homes Sold Report the most frequently asked question has been, “Why don’t you do the same for new listings”?
My thinking has been that information on current listings is freely available on the Internet. But people keep telling me that they would like to be able to easily reference new MLS® listings for a geographic area in a format that they could scan quickly every morning.
We are now publishing the Just Listed report as an online subscription service. The Just Listed report is posted early each morning and links to all of the listings published the previous day on the Toronto Real Estate Board’s MLS® system. See details on subscribing here →
There is a monthly subscription fee of $1.00 (paid $3.00 quarterly) which will help to cover our costs.
This is an online service with the reports appearing on the Sold.Watch website behind your login — it does not currently include email distribution.
The greatest advantage of the Just Listed report, in my opinion, is that you can stay fully informed on the local real estate market without ever having to contact an agent. You have our assurance that you will never, ever, be contacted by a salesperson or marketer because of you participation in this service.
Discover more with the “logged in experience” →
First the Bad News
The Toronto Homes Sold report has been distributed as an email linking to all residential listings reported sold on the Toronto Real Estate Board’s MLS® system since May of 2011.
During that time we have received countless expressions of appreciation from our growing list of subscribers now approaching 30,000. But in light of recent developments, we fear that making this information available to you, in this form, may be threatening our ability to continue operating as a real estate brokerage.
So we are temporarily suspending the email distribution of our Toronto Homes Sold report until there is more clarity in the legal issues involved.
We firmly believe that unfiltered information about the real estate market is necessary to fully inform home buyers and sellers. Others say that agents are necessary to “interpret” market information … we would use a different word.
But stay tuned … WE WILL BE BACK.
Now the Good News
The main reason we do not want to lose access to the MLS® system: Today we are officially launching a one-of-a-kind brokerage service … the Pay-What-You-Want MLS® listing.
Our Feeless MLS® Listing is a solution for you to list, promote and manage the sale of your property at a cost determined by you. While other real estate brokerages contract for substantial percentage fees, our mission is to empower our clients to realize more — both figuratively and literally. The price you pay for our MLS® listing, marketing and agency services is completely up to you.
We know, we know … what’s the catch?
Well, there isn’t one. We call it FairFee. If you appreciate and value the service you receive from us we’d truly appreciate your kind consideration.
You see, our approach to real estate brokerage is built on trust – and trust is a two way street. If we are asking you to trust us to represent your best interests, then it’s only right that we trust you to be fair with us.
Here’s the nitty-gritty of how our Feeless PlanTM works »
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