On the afternoon of Tuesday September 18, 2018, Virtual Office Website (VOW) subscribers will have access to available/unavailable listing data and photos for Freehold and Condominium properties that was previously not available to them, specifically sold, withdrawn, expired, suspended or terminated listing information known as the “disputed data” in the Competition Tribunal Order.
RETS access to this enhanced feed will enable subscribers to download available/unavailable listing data up to and including 2 years back from the date of retrieval.
Access to commercial data will remain unchanged.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE DATA?
In order to obtain access to the new data, Brokers of Record of the existing VOW Subscribers and new VOW subscribers must contact TREB by email at email@example.com using the appropriate subject line below.
Brokers of Record of Existing VOW subscribers should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to the data with subject line “Existing User New Data Feed Access”.
Brokers of Record of New VOW subscribers should email email@example.com to request access to the data with subject line “New User New Data Feed Access”.
HOW CAN I ACCESS ARCHIVED DATA?
In order to access archived unavailable listings data, VOW subscribers must fill out a special request form, which can be downloaded here. You will need to fill this form out and return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Access to Archived Data”.
The Archived data will include archived listing data and photos beyond two years up until January 1, 2003, and will be retrievable in the form of .zip and .jpeg files using a different set of access credentials.
WHAT CHANGES ARE BEING MADE TO MLS® DATA INFORMATION FORMS?
As of September 18, 2018, as part of TREB’s compliance obligations related to the Competition Tribunal Order, if you select the “No” field for “Distribute to Internet Portals” on freehold and condominium MLS® Data Information forms, your listing will now be included in Virtual Office Website (VOW) data feeds.
After September 18, 2018, selecting the “No” field for “Distribute to Internet Portals” will include IDX, DLA, DDF, REALTOR.ca and listings.trebhome.com.
WILL FORMS BE CHANGED?
Changes to online forms and agreements (PDF, Instanet-Authentisign, and WebForms) will be made as soon as possible. Updated hard copy forms will be made available to Members at a later date.
For now, hard copy forms will have the message above affixed to ensure all Members understand the change.
DO YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
TREB’s FAQ document should be your first point of contact for any questions you may have with respect to the Competition Tribunal Order. An updated FAQ document can be accessed here.
You may also email your questions to email@example.com and someone from TREB will respond to you.