Established in 1903, the Winnipeg Real Estate Board is the longest continuously running real estate board in the country. It is a professional and industry association representing over 1,200 real estate brokers, salespeople, appraisers and financial members active in the local real estate market. The Board exists to serve its members and to promote the benefits of organized real estate. In 2001, there was over 10,700 Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales and $998 million in dollar volume transacted through the Winnipeg Real Estate Board. Members, including many in the Commercial Division, are involved in numerous exclusive listing sales and leases that are in addition to the MLS® sales activity.
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.
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