Ontario to allow new home sales tactic that would change the bidding process

Monday Apr 25th, 2022


The Ontario government is introducing new real estate regulations that would allow home sellers to share bids on their property and disclose the details of competing offers.

As the system stands now, individuals looking to put an offer on a home do so blindly, without knowing how much their competitors are offering above the asking price. The new regulation will give sellers the option to "opt for an open offer process." "Sellers will no longer be limited to selling their property through a closed or traditional offer system," the Minister of Government and Consumer Affairs Ross Romano said in a statement to CTV News Toronto.

With these changes, hard-working Ontarians can rest assured knowing that our government has their backs as they embark on their journey of home ownership.” It is not yet clear what, exactly, sellers will be allowed to disclose under the regulation or how many will choose to take part in the process. The new sales tactic is part of a larger regulatory change to the Trust In Real Estate Services Act (TRESA), which will go into effect on April 1, 2023. The changes include a new code of ethics for real estate agents, simpler standardized forms and more powers to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), a regulatory body that enforces rules for salespeople and brokers.

Kevin Crigger, president of the Toronto Real Estate Board, applauded the government for bringing "further options to the home seller process." "I think optionality is a good thing," he said. Crigger added real estate regulations such as this, at both the federal and provincial level, are aimed at appeasing buyers and trying to find alternatives to affordability outside of the supply conversation.

 The new regulation comes as Real Estate Brokerage Royal LePage predicts home prices will be up about 15 per cent by the fourth quarter of 2022.

In a record-breaking first quarter, Royal LePage said the average price of a home in Canada rose 25.1 per cent year-over-year to about $856,900. The average price of a home in the GTA is expected to surpass $1.3 million by the end of 2022.

Katherine DeClerq- CTV News Toronto Multi-Platform Writer

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