OC and ORTIS to Merge

Over 13,000 REALTORS® Spanning 22 Ontario Associations to be Served by Same Shared MLS® System

Ontario – (January
16, 2019) – The Governors of the Ontario Collective™ (OC), a regional group
providing MLS® System services to 12 real estate associations representing over
5,000 REALTORS®, and the Directors of the Ontario Regional Technology &
Information Systems Inc. (ORTIS), a regional group providing MLS® System
services to 10 real estate associations of over 8,500 REALTORS®, are pleased to
announce they have signed a Transition Agreement to blend their two separate
systems into one common shared regional MLS® System.

“We are beyond excited to announce the
blending of two of Ontario’s largest regional MLS® Systems,” said Steve Dickie,
Chair of the OC. “For going on decades now, progressive REALTORS® and
Associations have been working to break down the artificial walls that have
separated them. This initiative will significantly enhance the opportunities
and services for our REALTOR® members as well as their clients.”

Both groups are using CoreLogic®’s leading
edge Matrix system to power their MLS® Services. CoreLogic® is a global
property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider and Matrix
is used by more than 700,000 REALTORS® across North America, and 32,000 in
Canada alone.

“From the beginning, this has been a
member-centric process where we have put the needs of the REALTOR® first and
foremost,” says Brad Johnstone, ORTIS Chair. 
“REALTORS® and their clients all have the same wants, needs and
expectations, regardless of the size and location of the association they
belong to.” In addition, Johnstone highlights, “The systems our two groups
developed independently of one another are powered by the same stable, secure,
proven and reliable technology, and both were developed by REALTORS® for REALTORS®.”

Combining the two systems into a seamless
one will result in a “best-of-breed” solution by taking the lessons both groups
learned in their individual regional projects and bringing them together in
this initiative. Central to this project from the beginning is the recognition
that members are equal. No matter what part of the province a REALTOR®
practices in they have the same need for high standards and dependable
technology.

The two groups are now developing a new single
corporate entity to manage the services to all 22 associations.

“We’re going to take the best of both systems, combine them together to make something even better,” notes Kati Strickland, Project Manager of the OC. “We’re working with CoreLogic® now to align the needed resources and flesh out our project plan with the objective of having members online with it in the fall of 2019.”

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