Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Big Bill McClintock - cutting out the cowboys

The Negotiator magazine reports recently on a call for agents to be registered. Yes, I still read the magazines from time to time, but only if they are free.

Anyway, Big Bill McClintock (the Ombudsman for Estate Agents) is forming a steering committee (various definitions, but I like '... a committee to arrange the order of business for some larger body...') to consider the structure of forming an estate agent registry.

Normally associated with the green leather of the House of Lords and legislation in general, Big Bill's steering committee will seek to understand how best to implement a registry for estate agents.

The issue of agents being professionals and subject to some form of regulation is not a new one. Anyone can start an agency is a common dinner conversation. Indeed, Bill points out, '...one of the familiar jibes aimed at estate agency is that anyone can set up as an agent. But many other professionals, such as politicians, have learnt their craft without any professional qualifications under their belts...'

An unwise choice of comparison perhaps, but introducing CPD and registration would be a good thing, would it not?

Perhaps a better starting point would be agreeing to call our industry by a more professional term such as real estate. It sends a more professional message.

Big Bill, Steering, Cowboys - Yeha partner!

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