The REALTOR® commitment
You’re trusting a REALTOR® with your most valuable possession, your home. REALTORS® take this responsibility very seriously. Here’s what we promise you:
- Your REALTOR® is highly trained
REALTOR® training is so rigorous that a large portion of our candidates fail the pre-registration Courses. Those who do pass must master a long, diverse list of subjects ranging from housing construction to family law.
- Your REALTOR® is continuously trained
We keep pace with the times. All Licensed REALTORS® must take continuing education courses to make sure their knowledge on subjects like legal issues and technology are up to date.
- Your REALTOR® does everything by the book
A licensed REALTOR® must be registered under provincial laws that govern exactly how real estate can and cannot be traded. These regulations are your legal guarantee of professional behavior.
- Your REALTOR® is an ethical businessperson
REALTORS®must adhere to the extensive Code of Ethics of the Canadian Real Estate Association. Several provinces have additional Codes of Ethics governing REALTOR® behaviour. Your interests must always be put first.
- Your dealings with a REALTOR® are insured
For your peace of mind, provincial regulators sponsor consumer protection programs that may require, for instance, that REALTORS®maintain Errors and Omissions Insurance. Often deposits consumers make in real estate transactions are also insured under these programs.
- Opportunity for recourse
Should you have concerns about the professional behavior of a REALTOR®, provincial regulators and your local real estate board or association take these matters very seriously and work quickly to resolve any issues.
- Your REALTOR® works with the powerful Multiple Listing Service
The MLS is the single most powerful tool for buying and selling a home. Your REALTOR® can provide you with exclusive features of the local MLS® system, such as immediate notification when new properties are listed. You don’t have to wait for it to be posted on a web site