The real estate industry should provide buyers and sellers with the option for a more open and transparent home bidding process, according to Ontario’s leading organization representing real estate professionals.
“We believe that people should be offered a choice,” Ontario Real Estate Association CEO Tim Hudak told The Canadian Press.
Hudak stated that while more openness might also result in “a bit of auction fever” that could lead to further price growth, “there are some consumers who want everything on the table, to be open and transparent and there are some homeowners who believe they will get the most money or the best deal through this method.”
The comments came in the wake of the OREA’s petition to the provincial government in early October. The group urged legislators to allow agents - with the consent of everyone involved in a particular transaction - to disclose details like offer prices, closing dates, “and any other conditions to potential bidders if multiple offers are on the table.”
OREA’s recommendation, if accepted by the provincial government, would allow for a fully transparent, multiple-offer process with buyer and seller consent.