Real Estate industry is a respectable industry and so is Politics on its own grounds. Both operate very well in their own genres. Both have different agendas and service sectors. The workflow is smooth until one industry interferes with it.
Barry Kainth has always thought Politics is a big part of Ontario Real Estate Association, in some boards and CREA. As you know, Barry Kainth was one of the candidates in the RECO Elections in 2017. Many of you might not know but Agents are forced to join these boards and pay high fees only to use one asset that CREA, Boards, and OREA have is Realtor Trademark combined with Realtor.ca/ the MLS system. Barry Kainth was the ONLY candidate in the RECO Election 2017 that is not part of the board.
As part of the election procedure, Barry Kainth was sent OREA Questionnaire for RECO Elections 2017. See the email he received which clearly shows OREA working with RECO and see how boldly he answered the questions in agent interest and public interest.
“Dear Mr. Kainth:
On behalf of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) I want to thank you for putting your name forward for election to the Real Estate Council of Ontario’s (RECO) Board of Directors.
As the designated administrative authority for the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, RECO has a vital role in supporting a strong and vibrant real estate market.
OREA and RECO have long enjoyed a strong working relationship. We are very interested in your views on a number of issues that relate to the role RECO has in the real estate industry. To help inform registrants voting in the upcoming election, we invite you to complete the attached survey.
The survey discusses a number of important issues to Ontario REALTORS:registered:. Please complete the survey and return to Christopher Dacunha, Manager of Political Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. The responses will be shared on OREA’s blog, social media, and website.
Thank you your for your response to the survey. Best of luck in the election, and we look forward to working with you in your upcoming role.
Ettore Cardarelli, President
Real Estate Board: ________________________________
Brokerage: __Galaxy Gate Omega Realty, Brokerage_____
** PLEASE COMPLETE AND RETURN BY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19, 2017**
RECO Candidate Questionnaire
- The Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA) is over 15 years old. Many of the regulations under the Act were finalized in 2006. From technology to business practices, to the housing market, a lot has changed in the real estate industry over the last 15 years.
Ques. Given the amount of change since the Act was passed, do you support a full legislative review of REBBA to modernize the Act?
Barry’s Answer: I support amendments to the Act. A full review will cost taxpayers money and use government resources and at the end we will be in same position in another 10 years. Ontario real estate market is evolving; amendments may serve better and work faster towards improving organized real estate for the public in Ontario.
- Most professions (Accountants, Lawyers, Mortgage Brokers, etc.) can professionally incorporate. REALTORS® in 6 other provinces, can incorporate.
Ques. Do you support Bill 104, the Tax Fairness for Realtors Act, 2017 which, if passed, would permit real estate salespeople and brokers to form personal real estate corporations in Ontario?
Barry’s Answer: As a RECO Election Candidate, this Bill doesn’t impact public interest, therefore is not an issue for RECO Election 2017. As a Broker of Record, the Bill should be tax fairness for all real estate professionals and no trademarks should be used in Bill 104.
- We continue to hear from our members, brokers and board leaders that are dissatisfied with the RECO Continuing Education Program. They believe the program does little to challenge our members and provide them the opportunity to learn and grow. Now, many in the profession consider it a significant step backwards.
Ques. It has always been OREA’s goal to raise the bar on REALTOR® education and help members achieve greater professionalism. How will you improve the quality of the program that reflects RECO’s original vision of the program that benefits REALTORS®, the profession and ultimately the consumer?
Barry’s Answer: RECO has designed the courses keeping in mind that real estate professionals are busy. The courses provide information on changes in industry and keep registrants updated. As part of RECO, I would push to improve course curriculum and lobby for degree programs at local Ontario universities. A degree program will add needed integrity to the real estate profession and better serve the Ontario public. OREA can continue playing a vital role in improving registration courses.
- RECO has a unique and vital responsibility, to protect the public interest and maintain confidence in the profession. However, RECO’s response to incidents of registrants behaving in an unethical manner and violating the REBBA Code of Ethics has been unsatisfactory.
Ques. RECO can send a strong message to the industry and the public that unethical behavior will not be tolerated. What will you do to ensure RECO better investigates matters of this significance and punishes those who violate the Code of Ethics or break the law?
Barry’s Answer: I mentioned in paragraph 1, amendments are needed in REBBA 2002. Many issues that are misleading the public should be re-opened for debate. RECO takes complaint process and legal action very seriously and imposes fines and disciplinary actions against registrants. I will focus on cause and effect at RECO and try to curve incidents involving registrants. I will be a visible strong voice and work towards educating the public and real estate professionals.
- On January 1st, 2017 RECO increased two-year renewal registration fees by $40 to $390 for salespeople, brokers and brokerages. RECO also instituted a $200 application fee for new registrants and registration reinstatements.
Ques. Many REALTORS® believe this has led to a bloated bureaucracy instead of leading to better enforcement or customer service for REALTORS®. How will you make RECO more efficient and cut out waste?
Barry’s Answer: From the position of a real estate professional and Broker of Record of GALAXY GATE Omega Realty, I strongly believe that associations and boards across Canada impose extremely high fees on their members. All members are told to join to practice real estate in Ontario, which is untrue. If compared RECO charging $390.00 every two years to keep license in good standings, it is quite justified. I will be working with others at RECO to make sure no wasteful spending is conducted. VOTE FOR BARRY IN REGION 1 RECO ELECTION AND HAVE A STRONG VOICE AT RECO.
Barry has always promoted, talked in public interest, agent interest and he doesn’t like the idea of politics interfering in the real estate business and influencing the rules in favor of their own.
So, now it is up to you to decide. Should OREA interfere in RECO Election 2017? Barry’s opinion is that a School should not be involved in politics. They recently acquired seasoned politician as CEO: Tim Hudak which clearly shows the mixing of these two serving sectors which shouldn’t be there at first place.
Barry’s bold statements in the questionnaire contributed to the loss in the election. He is not sitting idle after this. The completion bureau in Ontario might be asked to get involved to investigate the disputed election results. If the right approach is not followed then there’s no need of elections and making a fool out of people. Barry’s not against the elections; he is just against the wrong doings in the process. He wants elections to be a fair fight. People must not be kept in the dark.
Barry has officially disputed the election results to RECO. Also, is reaching out to the Finance Minister for changes in rules for OREA, Boards and Associations involved in manipulating elections.
Barry hopes to have a fair fight in the future in the hope of getting justice and he will be running again and with a stronger message against OREA not to interfere in the RECO Elections and thus try to save their College.