Industry leaders are cautioning agents working Toronto’s west end, warning them about a seemingly ideal client intent on luring them to vacant properties.
Four months after having its hand slapped by TREB, this online brokerage is closing its doors.
Their model for education and commissions are in need of a total overhaul...this will come with software and big changes coming in the digital age.
When I served on the OREA board of directors in 1996-97 we were given the opportunity to provide input into the new education model. Then OREA President Robert Storring wanted a frank and open discussion on suggestions and so wanted all comments without movers and seconders. Sensing an opportunity, I immediately began making suggestions pushing for higher education requirements. First of all, I wanted a minimum grade 12 education to get a licence. After debate, a vote was held. Final tally 16-1 against. Analysis of people in the room - 16 broker owners or managers and one salesperson - me. Needless to say, all other suggestions I made were also routinely defeated. As long as brokers and managers are only concerned with filling desks the major criteria for hiring will still be the mirror test. That's where a mirror is held to the applicant's face and if it fogs up they're hired. Education change will not come from within. It must be forced on us.
It is not Professionalism that is lacking in our industry ( read the British definition.) it is in fact INTEGRITY and that is something that is only ours to give away or hold dear and apply in our lives.
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