Deep in the bowels of a Downtown Toronto hotel room, day five of the 60-hour real estate broker course is unfolding. It’s a warm and sunny Friday morning, and the 20+ students, sales representatives at various stages in their careers, are eager to begin.
For Catherine Diraison, becoming a broker after more than 25 years in the real estate profession was simply a “perfect opportunity.” Catherine has been the general manager of project sales for Concert Realty Services Ltd., a condominium developer, for the past 15 years.
“The person acting as the broker of record decided to move on to another company,” she explains about how she came to enrol in the broker’s course. “I’ve never had the time to do it before, so I thought this was my opportunity to get my broker’s registration.”
Catherine offered to become the broker of record, the company accepted, and gave her the time to take the courses and study for the exams.
A broker of record is designated by a brokerage to ensure brokerage compliance with the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, and Regulations.
Catherine is enjoying her course and is proud to move to the next phase of her real estate career.
“At my age, you don’t expect there’s going to be a lot of new things,” she says. “I am really proud of myself that I actually passed [previous course] and did well on my exams. Because you wonder, all these years, am I teachable?”
To become a real estate broker, a salesperson must complete the Broker Registration Education Program offered by the OREA Real Estate College. For more information, go to http://www.orea.com/en/OREA-Real-Estate-College/Become-a-Real-Estate-Broker.
In next week’s blog, Max Wynter and Brian Shew discuss why they enrolled in the Broker Registration Education Program.