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The (criminal) case for unlicensed ‘agents’

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Real Estate Professional | 11 Feb 2015, 09:02 AM Agree 0
At what point does a real estate council case step over the proverbial line and into the criminal realm? The issue might not be as black-or-white as it seems.
  • Gary Little | 11 Feb 2015, 11:00 AM Agree 0
    The Real Estate Council of BC has NO authority over unlicensed individuals. It can only regulate the conduct of someone who has a licence.
  • Dave Z | 11 Feb 2015, 01:02 PM Agree 0
    I concur that the Provincial governing bodies have no jurisdiction over unlicensed individuals and organizations. It states in the article that these unlicensed people "Harm Consumers" yet no supporting evidence is offered. I am not stating that they do or don't harm consumers. But it is apparent that consumers are using their services, what ever they may be.
  • Diane | 11 Feb 2015, 01:16 PM Agree 0
    Either it is illegal or not. Has anyone been taken to court and found guilty...sentenced etc..

    What are we waiting for?
  • Michael B | 11 Feb 2015, 01:32 PM Agree 0
    Double Standard ??

    RECA has admitted, he is not a licensed agent, yet in a previous article said they have fines totaling $65,000 against him. How can one fine a person who is not part of their system and expect him to pay ? We don't want you selling real estate, but you can send us a bunch of money !!!
  • e. harold | 12 Feb 2015, 11:56 AM Agree 0
    who does the ACT really cover ? - every living person ? - who is policing the Act ? How is it policed ?

    as an Association you can only police your membership What gives you the authority to police outsiders ? I s similar to the Automobile Dealer Act ? How are they policed ? who polices the so-called ' curbsiders ' ? Are home sellers in a similar situation ? You can only promote your own residence ???
  • RECA Communications | 12 Feb 2015, 01:28 PM Agree 0
    @e. harold

    The Real Estate Act of Alberta is a piece of provincial legislation, enacted by the Alberta government, so it applies to all Albertans. Established in 1995, The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) is an independent, non-government agency, responsible for regulating real estate, mortgage broker, and real estate appraisal professionals. RECA administers the Act on behalf of the provincial government. While the minister of Service Alberta is responsible for the Real Estate Act and general monitoring of RECA, the provincial government has no direct involvement in the day-to-day operations of RECA.

    There are exemptions from licensing requirements within the legislation; those include exemptions for individuals who are selling property they own.
  • Sylvia R | 18 Feb 2015, 02:35 PM Agree 0
    I agree with your statement Gary. However, selling one's home is not the problem. The problem is when an individual helps to sell many homes without a licence. Realtors pay high fees to maintain their licence: Reco, Orea, Crea, E&O, Courses, Licence, Board Fees and advertising.
  • Sylvia R | 18 Feb 2015, 02:37 PM Agree 0
    It isn't any different than driving a car without a licence and paying a fine.
  • sr | 18 Feb 2015, 02:38 PM Agree 0
    Yes you can only promote your own home
  • | 20 Feb 2015, 07:08 PM Agree 0
    What they are doing is much worse than selling homes. If you do some digging you will see that it is not a good situation.
  • Jakan | 12 Apr 2016, 10:31 PM Agree 0
    People can choose to end their lives but you are saying they cannot choose what to do with their real property. The real estates council is getting away with this abuse that is also a Charter Right Abuse because of the dondo heads we have in control; of our courts. Albertans need to get involved in the selection and appointment of our judges and we must demand that the accountability to us is ENFORCED. Yes they are accountable to us
  • Scammy | 17 May 2016, 09:51 AM Agree 0
    Derek Johnson is operating a con. It's way worse than selling a few private homes. He is committing fraud. He has a criminal investigation ongoing.
  • Happy beaver | 26 May 2016, 01:04 PM Agree 0
    Derek Ryan Johnson has posted in this comment section and on this CBC article.
    (Angry Beaver)

    He is representing him self as a mortgage broker and his group is acting like real estate agents. They created a web site called the REAL ESTATE COUNCEL OF CANADA "RECC" to mislead people into thinking they were real estate agents and accredited by this agency they created. It is all to continue marketing homes in BC and Alberta. They are taking deposits on homes and never returning them.

    They are under investigation for Fraud and several other investigations are on going.

  • SCAM WATCH | 26 May 2016, 01:50 PM Agree 0
    They are not buying and selling homes privately. They are selling homes before they own or buy them through misleading tactics.

    They contact FSBO home owners and offer financing and real estate services. All they really do is repost the same home owners ad on sites like KIJIJI with different contact info. They then council prospective buyers to deposit money into 1827148 Alberta Ltd.'s bank account.
    They promise all deposits are refundable but have never returned any.

    They draft for sale contracts and send mortgage commitment letters using made up company names like Satori Investments and many others.

  • SCAM watch | 26 May 2016, 01:52 PM Agree 0

    All the info is in this link above
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