Leading property managers could miss out on winning national awards if the REIQ follows through on its plan to quit the REIA.
Rental Express chief digital officer Jason Rose said he was concerned that state award winners will receive no national recognition if the REIQ goes ahead with its resignation from the REIA, as Residential Property Manager yesterday revealed it may do.
“I know a lot of people that are finalists and winners within the state, and I think the members of the institute would be terribly disappointed if they weren’t given the opportunity to represent their industry nationally,” he told Residential Property Manager.
“As an industry we all strive to have the recognition there, and not being able to represent our state would be the biggest impact I could see occurring.”
RE/MAX managing director Michael Davoren said the ability to compete in awards at national levels is a personal and professional goal for many members.
“Such national opportunity will disappear as an outcome of the REIQ decision. To take it away from institute members is a massive blow,” he said.
REIA president Neville Sanders told Residential Property Manager yesterday that he hoped the REIQ would reconsider its plan to leave the national body.
However, Fletchers director Christopher Stear said the departure of the REIQ wouldn’t be any loss for the REIA.
“I think the REIQ needs to totally review and overhaul its CPD training session and recognise that thousands of agents in Queensland regard it not only as a waste of time, but often embarrassing,” he told Residential Property Manager.
Mr Stear said his company left the REIQ a few months ago due to its “profound disappointment” in the standards of training and the costs attached to membership.
“Since Fletchers came to Queensland three years ago, I can’t recall a single client asking whether or not we are REIQ members,” he said.