February 2017 Bylaw Amendments

February 1, 2017

February 2017 Bylaw Amendments

The Commission Board of Directors have approved a number of bylaw revisions to (1) introduce online voting in place of paper and proxy voting for the 2017 Annual General Meeting, and (2) to enhance the compliance recourse when licensees do not comply with the Commission during investigations or audits.

View the revised Bylaw here (amended clauses are bolded) and read on for more detailed discriptions of the changes.


Proactively Deal with Expiring Agreements

January 17, 2017

Proactively Deal with Expiring Agreements

All real estate agreements expire. A specific date is always included to identify to the consumer the time period that they have agreed to receive services from the brokerage. Once the agreement expires, the client has no longer agreed to receive those services and, thus the brokerage must not continue to provide those services after that time.

When a licensee changes brokerages, what happens to their listings?

November 30, 2016

When a licensee changes brokerages, what happens to their listings?

When a licensee decides to move to another brokerage, what happens to the sellers that they have been working with and their listings? Do they go with the licensee?

The licensee could continue to work with client on their listing, if the broker and client(s) agree in writing. This is simply because real estate agreements are between the client(s) and the brokerage, not the licensee themselves. This means the agreements remain with the brokerage unless the broker and client agree in writing to change the representation to another brokerage. This requirement is also the same with buyer clients who want to maintain their working relationship with a licensee who decides to move to a new brokerage; those agreements are also between the client and brokerage.

How to Properly Deal with Competing Offers

November 24, 2016

How to Properly Deal with Competing Offers

A competing offer situation, when a seller receives more than one written offer on a property, creates unique circumstances for consumers and it is important for both buyers and sellers to understand how they can handle these situation.

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