Ontario's realtors pass the test
When you work with a realtor to buy or sell your home, you're working with a professional who is well-educated and prepared to help you with one of the biggest investments you'll ever make.
"Ontario Realtors are recognized as some of the best educated in the world having met the demanding requirements of the Ontario Real Estate Association's (OREA) award-winning education program," says OREA president Costa Poulopoulos.
In order to become registered to trade in real estate in Ontario, individuals must successfully complete an intensive educational process that was developed by the OREA Real Estate College on behalf of the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).
Then, real estate professionals participate in an articling program during their first two years as a registrant, taking additional courses while they work under the guidance of an experienced real estate broker.
They must also complete continuing education courses including a real estate update course every two years in order to maintain their registration.
In order to be called a "realtor," a registered real estate professional must become a member of a local real estate board as well as the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and the Ontario Real Estate
Association (OREA). When you work with a realtor, you can expect strict adherence to provincial law as well as to a national code of ethics ensuring you'll receive the highest level of service, honesty and integrity.
Realtors in Ontario sought to bring about changes in the profession including a self-imposed code of ethics that increased consumer protection and imposed more stringent educational and registration requirements.
The registration courses designed by OREA meet and exceed national standards set out in the National Code of Real Estate Education. In fact, OREA's registration education program consistently earns education excellence awards.
As well, courses are continually updated to ensure realtors are on the leading edge of real estate today.
Quality education, ongoing training and a commitment to professionalism means that a realtor can help you find the home of your dreams or get the best price possible for the home you are selling. For more information about working with a realtor, visit www.wedothehomework.ca.
This article is provided by local realtors and the Ontario Real Estate Association for the benefit of consumers in the real estate market.