Institute of Estate Agents

It’s necessary to regulate the industry

Like medical and legal services, we must engage trained and reliable property professionals Many people praised the Competition Commission of Singapore’s recent decision to have the Institute of Estate Agents (IEA) remove its commission guidelines for property agents. The common reason given was that many felt property agents played a minor role in their transaction and hence did not deserve what the...

Removal of property fee guidelines unlikely to have deep impact

Market players said on Wednesday that the move to scrap guidelines on property agents’ fees by September 25 is unlikely to leave a deep impact on the real estate sector. But they warned against rogue agents who might try to cash in on the change in rules. The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) ruled on Tuesday that the fee guidelines adopted by the Institute of Estate Agents (IEA) should be...

IEA to remove guidelines on property agents’ commissions

If you’re shopping for a new home or selling one, you can now negotiate with your property agent on the appropriate commission. The Institute of Estate Agents (IEA) will remove its guidelines on property agents’ commissions next month, to fall in line with the Competition Act. Consumer watchdog CASE has welcomed the move, pointing out that it is not compulsory to have agents facilitate a property...

PropNex to fire non-performing agents this week

One of Singapore's biggest real estate agencies, PropNex Realty, is firing more than one-third of its agents. According to its CEO, the move is aimed at cleaning up the profession. PropNex is firing those who have been with them for over a year, but have yet to submit a single transaction. About 2,800 agents currently on its list will be affected. The agents were first given a choice to remain as...

Industry players welcome CaseTrust for real estate agencies

The consumer watchdog wants to reduce the growing number of complaints against property agents and real estate agencies. So it is developing a CaseTrust Accreditation Scheme for the industry. This could be introduced by the middle of 2008. Estate agencies who wish to apply and attain the CaseTrust status will be subjected to a more stringent criteria. The scheme will also raise the requirements for an...

More controls to keep real estate agents in line

Real estate agents may be accredited under a new scheme, if the Ministry of Finance (MOF) gives the go-ahead. Two industry watchdogs - the Institute of Estate Agents (IEA) and Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) - are joining hands to start a new accreditation scheme and they plan to submit a proposal to MOF in the middle of the year. They believe compulsory guidelines will help improve the...

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