REALTORS® Association of Edmonton
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About the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton

In 1909 the Edmonton Real Estate Exchange was created. It introduced a shared listing concept, a uniform rate of commission for services and endeavored to create a high standard of integrity and encourage a spirit of fair and honourable competition in the marketplace. The exchange operated only to 1913, overwhelmed by the political and economic upheaval of the times. Reflecting better economic times of the late 1920s, members of the Edmonton real estate industry established the Edmonton Real Estate Association in 1927.

This organization adopted a code of ethics, established a two-tier membership system of salesmen and agents and a committee system of operating. Its most important accomplishment was the passage in 1929 of the Real Estate Agents’ Licensing Act, a bill to require persons to furnish qualifications to act as real estate agents. The Association evolved into the Edmonton Real Estate Board cooperative Listing Bureau Ltd. in 1952, just in time to service the needs of the post war boom. The next three decades would be the golden age of real estate in Edmonton.

The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton is a professional services association comprised of over 3500 Brokers and Associates serving the greater Edmonton area. The strategic affairs of the Association are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of working REALTORS® and administered by a President and CEO and a staff of 30.

The REALTORS® Association delivers professional education and advertises property listings on the Internet at, as well as in the Real Estate Weekly for the benefit of REALTORS® and their clients.

REALTORS® in Edmonton and area also hold membership in both the Canadian Real Estate Association and the Alberta Real Estate Association.

The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is one of Canada's largest single-industry trade associations, representing approximately 94,000 real estate brokers/agents and salespeople working through 96 real estate boards, 10 provincial associations and one territorial association. CREA's primary mission is to represent its members at the federal level of government and to act as a watchdog on national legislation which pertains to the real estate industry. CREA has frequently taken strong stands to defend the public's right to own and enjoy property. CREA is the owner of various trademarks that serve to identify and brand the services of CREA, Boards/Associations and member salespeople and brokers. While CREA owns a number of trademarks, the most prominent are the seven trademarks which comprise the MLS® and REALTOR® family of marks. CREA also operates (formerly known as

Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) is a trade association of 10,800 members in 11 local real estate boards in Alberta. AREA works to improve and promote the real estate industry for it members and supports its members in their philanthropic activities at the community level.

Some interesting events to note

  • The Multiple Listing Service® was introduced in the early ‘60s.
  • A catalogue, introduced in 1973, replaced daily perforated listing sheets for REALTORS®.
  • Computerized operations at the Board began in 1979 with the conversion of its membership records.
  • Members accessed MLS® System information from their first database using the Vandat system in 1984.
  • The EREB acquired an existing real estate weekly in 1985, renaming it the Real Estate Weekly.
  • In 1990 the EREB became the first board in Canada to use secure electronic keyboxes to store keys on listed properties. in 2007, the keyboxes were updated with new wireless technology and security systems.
  • Today, REALTORS® use enhanced software programs to coordinate their clients’ home buying and selling needs.
  • Entering its second century of service, the Edmonton Real Estate Board celebrated its 80th Anniversary in 2007.
  • On May 18, 2007, the 80th anniversary, the EREB changed its name to the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton to reflect its role as a professional association of REALTORS®.

REALTORS® Community Foundation

Real Estate Weekly

Real Estate Council of Alberta

©2011 REALTORS® Association of Edmonton 14220 112 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5M 2T8T: 780-451-6666 TF: 1-888-674-7479 F: 780-452-1135


Trademarks and their associated logos are owned and controlled by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and
identify real estate professional who are members of CREA (REALTOR®) and/or the quality of services they provide (MLS®).


The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton (Edmonton Real Estate Board), founded in 1927 , is a professional association of over 3,200 Brokers and Associates in the greater Edmonton area. The Association administers the Multiple Listing Service®, provides professional education to its members and enforces a strict Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice.

The Association advertises property listings and publishes consumer information on the Internet at, as well as in the Real Estate Weekly.
The REALTORS® Association supports charities involving shelter and homelessness through the REALTORS® Community Foundation.