Thinking of launching a Virtual Office Website?
Frequently asked questions:
General Questions about the Operation of VOWs (provided by the Ottawa Real Estate board)
What is a VOW?
A VOW gives brokers the opportunity to operate a secure, password-protected website (or a
feature of a website) that is capable of supplying real estate services to consumers. This is
provided that the Member has a properly established broker-consumer relationship, which
includes satisfying agency and disclosure obligations, and executing any required agreements.
A VOW can offer consumers the ability to view MLS® data for a designated period of time, with
the Member’s oversight, supervision, and accountability.
Who can operate a VOW?
A Member may operate a VOW or more than one VOW, and an Affiliated VOW Partner (or
Partners) can operate a VOW on behalf of a Member (or Members), provided there is Member
oversight, supervision, and accountability. If however, OREB has suspended or terminated an
AVP’s access, that AVP cannot operate on behalf of other Members.
How do Members get started?
To operate a VOW, a Member must notify OREB in writing of their intention to do so, and initiate
a license agreement with OREB, which verifies that the OREB MLS® data may not be used for
purposes other than operating a VOW. The VOW must be readily accessible to OREB and all
Members so that compliance with MLS® and VOW Rules and Policies can be verified.
Please note that the Virtual Office website fees through your website provider do not include the fees that OREB charges for access. To provide your website developer with the sold data feed, you will need to set that up with the Ottawa Real Estate Board. To get started contact OREB to initiate a license agreement with OREB. All Members must be in compliance with MLS® and VOW Rules and Policies can be verified.
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VOW SOLUTIONS FOR OUR SALES TEAM
Please note that the options below do not include fees to provide your website developer (MCS or other provider) with a data feed. See details below Ottawa Real Estate board on costs and how to get started.
*Note MCS is a Third Party that we are working with, however your current web developer may have other options for you. As new providers come into the market place we will keep this information updated. Questions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org - we're here to help!
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