Canadian Real Estate Association

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The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) represents over 100,000 Realtors (including brokers, agents, and salespeople) across Canada.[1]

The Association owns the Multiple Listing Service or MLS trademark and the Realtor trademarks in Canada. Local real estate Boards or Associations operate a local data base under a licensing agreement with the national association. The Canadian Real Estate Association also operates the (previously and ICX.CA web sites on behalf of all members. The current CREA CEO is Gary Simonsen.


  • 1943 - founded as Canadian Association of Real Estate Boards[2]
  • 1944 - Realtor trademark adopted for use by its members[3]
  • 1951 - Photo Co-op System (precursor to MLS) introduced

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  1. ^ ""Who We Are", CREA web-site". Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  2. ^ ""History of Real Estate", CREA web-site". Retrieved 2006-09-21. 
  3. ^ First use in Canada claimed as early as 1917. See CIPO trademark registration TMA403121.

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