RECO Election 2013 ~ Breaches of the Code of Ethics
As many of you know, I have offered to let my name stand as a candidate for election as a Director of the Real Estate Council of Ontario for a three year term commencing in June 2013.
Let's look at an issue which I believe is topical for the 2013 election?
According to RECO, the five most common breaches of the Code of Ethics in 2010-2011 were:
1. unprofessional conduct
3. best interests
4. fairness and honesty
5. conscientious and competent service
The solution seems simple enough! We need to better utilize two risk management tools:
Personally, I'm a strong believer in both. We need better education programs that will address, identify and educate the registrants in respect to those 5 breaches.
From the perspective of continuing education, that might mean fewer "how to use your mobile phone, camera or arrange furniture" programs would qualify for Education Credits.
And, we need better enforcement. That means more spot audits, not just brokerages, but sales representatives and brokers too.
Here's the political promise: if I am elected I will support increased education and increased enforcement to foster the development of professionalism among the registrants.
The effect in my view will be "increased professionalism" on the part of all registrants through improved education and enforcement. This will be beneficial since the profession will be held in higher regard by the consumer.
Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker