Agents sound off on B.C. regulation issue

by REP04 Jul 2016
Following a wide-sweeping independent report aimed at overhauling the real estate industry in British Columbia, the government has vowed to step in to right the wayward ship; agents, to the surprise of none, have strong opinions. Share yours.

News broke late last week that Christy Clark had announced a new superintendent will oversee real estate rules in British Columbia, ousting the B.C. Real Estate Council.

The announcement came a day after an independent advisory board recommended 28 changes aimed at overhauling the real estate industry, including increased fines for misconduct and a crackdown on dual agents.

Comments, unsurprisingly, poured right in.

“Ontario should also do the same. Acting as dual agent is wrong and should be prohibited,” Shahla Ashtari, an agent in Ontario, wrote in the comments section of REP. “Let's move on [and] protect those honest and hard-working agents in our industry.”

Not everyone agreed, however.

“They should stop trying to change the system that has evolved into one of the best in the world and look at the quality of work that is being produced because of all the recent changes,” another agent wrote.

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