Local Boards and Councils
Local Boards and Councils are the organizations which maintain closer touch with the practicing real estate broker and salesperson. Board/Council activity in the area of promoting higher standards and co-operation within their own locale is possibly the most important activity carried on by organized real estate.
The strength of the local Board/Council is of the utmost importance in developing good relations between the industry and the public. The Board/Council also serves to maintain a spirit of co-operation among real estate practitioners in a highly competitive business, thereby improving the quality of service to the public.
In this regard, the Board/Council operates the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) which is an ongoing inventory of available residential, commercial, farm and vacation properties. This marketing system has proven to be an invaluable tool both to the industry and to the benefit of the public. The MLS® System is available exclusively to members of organized real estate, and CREA serves as custodian of the MLS® System certification trademark.
Some general objectives of local boards include the following:
- to demonstrate good community citizenship and enhance the image of the Board/Council to its members and the public
- to establish and enforce professional standards of qualification and practice for board/council membership
- to identify, develop and deliver programs and services of benefit to the members, including those related to education and computerization
- to maintain a continuing relationship with local, provincial and federal politicians and staff to monitor and influence policy affecting real estate