As mentioned in my last update a review of the Property, Stock and Business Agents Regulation is currently being performed by NSW Fair Trading. We reviewed the draft regulation and had no real issues with the proposed changes in the main and a submission was sent to Fair Trading on behalf of our members. One of the changes that we did take issue with was the possible deregulation of certain commercial transactions which Geoff
Hunter will comment on in his article in this edition. This issue was also discussed in some depth when EAC Chairman Dale Whittaker, Industry Liaison Officer Geoff Hunter, Jock Kreitals Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) Manager Policy and I met with the new Minister for Fair Trading, Matthew Mason-Cox in July.
On Tuesday, 24th of June, we co-hosted the NSW finals of the Australasian Real Estate Institutes’ Auctioneering Championships with the REIA. This was the second year of our involvement with this event which saw eleven of the state’s top auctioneers fight it out to go through to the Finals. This year’s winner was once again Gavin Croft of Bresic Whitney who won the NSW Final last year and the runner-up was Clarence White of McGrath Estate Agents. Gavin and Clarence will now go onto the National Championships to join contestants from around Australia & New Zealand at the final event which is being held in Auckland, New Zealand from the 21st-23rd October 2014. We wish them luck and would love to see them take out the title for NSW.
Our new eForms solution was released in early June, there were a couple of small issues experienced by some users but the feedback has been extremely positive. We are now working with My Desktop to integrate our forms with their software and will be approaching other CRM and software providers once we have completed the integration with My Desktop. If you are not using our printed and online forms then I suggest you take a look. Our forms are constantly checked and updated to ensure that they are compliant. With savings of as much as $40.00 (compared to one competitor for one single pad of printed forms based on the equivalent pad size) you would be crazy not to take a look.
The deadline for your submissions for the EAC / REIA NSW Awards for Excellence has been extended to the 18th August so if you have not completed your submission or would still like to enter you have some time left. For more information on the awards or to register to attend please click here. We would like to thank our major sponsor OAMPS Insurance Brokers for supporting this event.
The new eac.com.au website that I spoke about previously is now undergoing final testing and we are getting closer to a launch date. The new site will see a change to a totally new platform that will provide us with the foundation to build on for years to come.
On the realestateworld.com.au front, traffic and content on the site continues to grow. In July we brought on all First National offices across Australia onto the site and are currently finalising a feed from Century 21 which will see all the group’s offices come
realestate.com.au’s recent change to area based pricing has sure created some discussion in the industry. We have seen groups being formed to try to negotiate better rates with realestate.com.au. Several new so called industry portals and other new portals are popping up along with some revamps of existing portals, all looking to capitalise on what is going on. EAC has been working quietly in the background on several initiatives with agents in different areas of the state but has also been sitting back to see how all the cards fall; it is a very interesting time so stay tuned.
Finally I would like to take the time to recognise two members of the EAC team who have been with us for some time and are leaving us. First is Damien McDonald who was responsible for marketing who left us after 8 years in July to pursue the next stage in his career. The second is Sandy Eime who has worked in various roles including Publications, Red Square Support and more recently Communications who is leaving us this month after 17 years. We wish both Damien and Sandy all the best in their future endeavours.
As always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email me.