When talking about casaGURU it’s easy to mention just positives, but in actuality, part of the reason for casaGURU is to protect homeowners from negatives.
There’s a rigorous screening process that takes place before anyone is listed on the site. While requirements vary from profession to profession (there are 20 different types, after all, and each different in their own right), they are all implemented for the best interest of homeowners.
For instance, when a realtor is looking to be listed on casaGURU, he/she is required to provide proof of:
-Valid membership to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).
-Government document with a GST/CRA number.
-Provincial real estate license.
-Errors & omissions liability insurance.
These, as well as other screening criteria, are put in place in order to protect the homeowner. Here’s an example of why. Though a number of realtors were indignant when asked to provide casaGURU with the documentation required to be listed on the site, we stuck to our guns and didn’t alter any provisions. Our stance was reinforced when we were made aware of the Real Estate Council of Ontario’s website, which lists professionals who are, essentially, in trouble (those who have had accounts frozen, counts against them and registration revoked).
Here's an example that was brought to our attention by a homeowner who was on the RECO site and saw a public advisory for RE/MAX Executive Realty Inc. (1996) and David Seto. According to the site, earlier this year there was a freeze of bank accounts, a temporary suspension of registrations as well as a notice of proposal to revoke registration, charges of 10 counts of failing to deposit funds in the real estate trust account to eliminate a shortfall and eight counts of failing to deposit trust monies into the real estate trust account.
Can you imagine if you fell into these hands without realizing the less than desirable record? One realtor is not the same as another. Not only do they vary in education, years of experience and personality, but their history can be drastically different. Through educating homeowners and our screening process we reduce the risk of coming into contact with a person or organization like the above example.
So next time you’re looking for a qualified professional and don’t want to get screwed, come to us and let us help direct you to someone who’s reliable.