Sunday, April 22, 2007

It's Getting Hot In Here!

Ron Hutchinson, executive VP of the Edmonton Real Estate Board, is demanding an apology from Mayor Stephen Mandel. Hutchinson wrote a letter to the Mayor expressing his disappointment in what he feels is a personal attack on Realtors by Mayor Stephen Mandel.

"He defends the board's stance as "an opinion on the tax issue, not a personal attack on Mayor Mandel......"

Mandel is getting a lot of heat from his new property transfer tax and when asked if the tax would hurt housing affordability he replied,

"I don't see them discounting their commissions."

Ouch! That especially smarts because Travis Holowach's, the do it yourself home sales site, is taking more and more house sales away from board realtors.