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REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella wants more ongoing training mandated for real estate agents. Picture: Claudia BaxterSOMEONE can legally sell houses worth hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in Queensland with only a few days training under their belt.As Queensland’s peak real estate industry body called for mandatory ongoing training for real estate agents, it has been revealed very little training was required to be allowed to handle big property transactions.A spokeswoman for the Real Estate Institute of Queensland confirmed there were two types of people who could handle property transactions in this state – a registered salesperson and a licensed agent.She said many in the community did not tend to distinguish between both and tend to use the term agent to describe all real estate professionals who sell property. A salesperson has a registration certificate and an agent has a full licence.A salesperson must complete training from a recognised provider and then be registered by the Office of Fair trading.This allows them to be employed by a licensed agent and they can buy, sell, exchange or rent houses, businesses, land or any interest in these. They can negotiate on behalf of a buyer, seller, landlord or exchange or rent houses, businesses or land show property to potential buyers inspect and assess property for sale or rent and advertise a property for rent or sale.They may not conduct auctions or operate trust accounts and cannot work independently, and must always work under the supervision of a licensed agent. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Agents can do all of this and more including operate a trust account on behalf of sellers and buyers. They need to also hold an auctioneer’s licence to conduct auctions.The spokeswoman said when conducted through a reputable training provider it took about four days or longer to become a sales person, but she said some training operators had a bit of a “tick and flick’’ process.The REIQ has been calling for mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) for real estate professional for about three years.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said just before the state election now-Treasurer Jackie Trad had committed to introduce mandatory CPD.“(It) is an important consumer protection measure and will help ensure that all real estate practitioners are educated about the laws and more than 40 pieces of legislation that govern their profession and impact on real estate transactions,’’ she said. “We know the majority of responsible working real estate agents support this. They are tired of labouring under the poor reputation that consumers have formed through interactions with the unprofessional few who fail to maintain their professional knowledge,” she said. Ms Mercorella said ongoing education was crucial for compliant, professional agents and it was already mandatory for membership of the REIQ.“An examination of all disciplinary proceedings against real estate agents since 2013 shows that not once has an REIQ member been found guilty of breaching the relevant legislation,’’ she said.“This is compelling evidence that speaks to the power of education,” she said.
Some of the tools donated to the residents to enhance their clean-up exercises.Residents at the back of the United Methodist Church Headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia have commenced a community garden and sanitation project with the aim to keep the community clean of weeds.The project site covers the area of Cheeseman Avenue, between 10th and 13 Streets. The initial financing of the project in the form of donation of nearly US$300 worth of tools and other materials was provided by a newly launched not-for-profit corporation, Jersey-Liberia, Incorporated (JLI), founded by former Monsterrado County Superintendent Rupel E. Marshall, Sr.During the recent launch of the project in the Marshall Compound in Sinkor, Mr. Marshall informed residents that through JLI, he is ready to join them and others to keep the community clean and promote economic empowerment of the residents.Marshall explained that JLI was formed to carry out charitable, humanitarian and economic activities that would improve communities, and advance the lives of the residents.He declared that the corporation takes its name from President George Weah’s call made during his inauguration that all Liberians are to now wear [team] Jersey-Liberia, meaning Liberians should be united and work towards the development of the country through peace and capacity-building.Jersey-Liberia, Inc. was incorporated on May 28, 2018, in Monrovia by Rupel E. Marshall, Sr., J. Nathaniel Griggs and Roseda E. Marshall.One of the incorporators, J. Nathaniel Griggs, who spoke at the launch, said that its operations shall allow resources put into the project be effectively tailored to bring maximum benefits to the residents by leading with accountability. He said others shall be more willing to contribute to the work of an entity that will exercise transparency, instead of to an individual that will do otherwise.Mr. Elijah Yanquoi, who received the donation from JLI on behalf of the residents, thanked the leaders of JLI for providing the tools to keep their community clean and improve their lives.Yanquoi promised to immediately begin using the materials, and to also protect them from misuse and theft.Those leading the organization are the president and CEO, J. Nathaniel Griggs, Chief Financial Officer; Roseda E. Marshall, Advisor, Frederick A. Marshall, JLI’s Representative in the U.S.; J. Momolu Ballie, Chief Auditor; A. Bobby Carter, Desk Officer for Social and Entertainment Affairs and Shadrach Gaylah, Desk Officer for Cultural Affairs.The current membership of JLI includes Richard Mayou, Elizah B. Yankun, Amelia Jumah Kaizolu, Musu Koroma, Hawa Kennah, Monica Tarr, T. Boye Nelson, Nathan Davies, Isaac Foster, Victoria Marshall, A. Bobby Carter, Rev. Winstor Gargar, J. Momolu Ballie, Sia Hallie, David Kpoto, Mariama T. Johnny and Shadrack Gaylah.Others residing in the United States who registered their membership through contact with Frederick Marshall are Landon White, Craig Westcott, Todd Bradgon and Michael Bailey.The launching of Jersey Liberia, Inc. was climaxed by a sumptuous reception.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)