TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 27, 2011) - The Toronto Real Estate Board disagrees with the Competition Bureau's position and feels that it is unfortunate that the Commissioner is choosing to go this route.

There are consumers on both ends of a real estate transaction where contractual and private information are involved which TREB is legally and morally required to respect.

"TREB strongly believes in open competition and has taken numerous steps to empower REALTOR® Members in their internet use," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Bill Johnston.

TREB will continue its process of implementing a Virtual Office Website policy for REALTOR® Members which TREB began last July, quite independent of the Commissioner's approach.

Link to Competition Bureau release:

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