WE DID IT!

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Dear Board Presidents, Board PAC Chairs and Board Executive Officers,

Since 2016, OREA has been fighting to stop Home Energy Rating & Disclosure (HER&D).

If implemented, HER&D would require a home seller to conduct an energy audit before listing their home. The program also forced REALTORS® to post the energy score on the MLS® listing.

I don’t need to tell you why this program would have been a disaster for home owners.

It also targeted REALTORS® by unfairly focusing on MLS® and not other methods for selling a home.

So, we fought back.

The GR team, led by Chair John Oddi, wore out a few pairs of shoes lobbying Cabinet Ministers and senior staff at Queen’s Park; we commissioned research from the Conference Board of Canada which showed the program was a big waste of tax dollars; and, CEO Tim Hudak co-chaired where, day after day, we fought against an assortment of environmental groups who were all pushing the government to move forward on HER&D.

This week, we got a letter from the government.

It said, “The province has decided not to proceed with the implementation of a HER&D program at this time.”

We did it. REALTORS® put the brakes on HER&D.

While this is another big win for REALTORS®, this issue has been a wakeup call.

Governments at all levels are struggling to address issues relating to climate change and the housing sector is being asked to play a part in that work.

Going forward, we must be thoughtful and propose alternatives to programs like HER&D, or we will be steam rolled by them.

If you have any questions, please contact Adam Yahn, OREA’s Head of Government Relations at adamy@orea.com or 416-385-6630.

Sincerely,

David Reid

2018 OREA President

Author: bramptonrealestateboard

At the Brampton Real Estate Board (BREB) we believe in the ownership of Real Estate. Our objective is to contribute to the capability and growth of our members in their endeavors by marketing all forms of real property throughout the greater Brampton, Halton Hills and Caledon marketplaces and beyond. The Brampton Real Estate Board is dedicated to providing an environment in which it’s Member REALTORS®, employees, Board of Directors, and Committee volunteers are encouraged to grow, succeed and develop in order to provide the highest level of professional conduct and service.

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