Archive : 2002
Based on HOP’s success in Winnipeg and the positive response it received from a large gathering of REALTORS across the country at the PAC conference, we think the Government should embrace the practical and market savvy experience of REALTORS to strategically implement market- based solutions that will spread limited government resources further.
Members of The Winnipeg Real Estate Board (WREB), as part of the real estate industry, need access to property owners’ names in order to do their job as professionals and to ensure that they are meeting their professional and contractual obligations.
Rent controls have been a fixture in the Winnipeg real estate market since the 70s and so is the lack of no new apartment construction in the last 15 years. Is there any correlation? You bet there is!
MPAC’s position on affordable housing as outlined below wholeheartedly backs the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) federal affordable housing policy and local initiatives in the province such as the Winnipeg Real Estate Board-led Housing Opportunity Partnership (HOP) that is actively engaged in revitalizing a Winnipeg inner city neighbourhood through housing rehabilitation and introduction of new home ownership.
As REALTORS, we are at the front-line of property owners’ concerns be they residential, business or investment ones. This is no more apparent than when an out-of-towner comes to Winnipeg with a fresh pair of eyes and starts asking questions on not only housing availability and prices but also on desirable neighbourhoods and the attributes associated with them including schooling, public safety, proximity to work and property taxes. These out-of-towners in many instances have no predisposition to any one area of the city or outlying capital region properties. Thus, it becomes a real litmus test as to what they end up choosing and if the trend lines are any indication, more relocation transferees and Winnipeggers are opting to live outside Winnipeg.