The president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is standing up for its members after weeks of what he describes as a distorted image of realtors.
The media presentation of realtors could always be worse – what if a realtor doing their job ethically was seen to be so unusual that that became a news story?
But amid the recent coverage of shadow flipping and other dodgy practices by a few in the business, you can forgive board president Dan Morrison for being concerned about optics.
Morrison says the board has actually been toughening-up penalties for bad realtors …
“Just this year we’ve raised our own fines from ten-thousand dollars to thirty-thousand dollars for members that violate our own code of ethics and that was a big move. Some people thought that was too high but we’ve said ‘no, we want to do the right thing to have a deterrent to our members’.”
Morrison says the board backs the 28 recommendations put out this week, but also supports the government’s re-introduction of a real estate superintendent.