REIWA's main objectives are to help create the best possible business environment for its members and to promote professionalism within the industry. It does this in a number of ways:
REIWA executives and its members liaise and communicate with ministers and other members of parliament to lobby for reform and changes to benefit the industry and the consumers who use it. These issues might include legal matters, taxation arrangements, consumer protection laws, planning decisions, training requirements for members and so on.
REIWA's public advocacy is designed to inform and educate the West Australian community about their rights and responsibilities when buying, selling or leasing property. It also serves to advise the public of current and historic trends in the property market, including median prices, median rents, sales volumes, selling days, percentage growth, regional data and much more. In this way members of the public can make more informed decisions when buying, selling or leasing property.
REIWA's Public Information Line - 9380 8200
As a service to consumers of real estate services REIWA operates a telephone help-line for members of the public who wish to enquire about any aspects of real estate transactions. These transactions could include the sale or purchase of a property, the renting of a property from a landlord or the engagement of a real estate agent as your property manager. Anyone with a concern or complaint in relation to a REIWA member or a question about a real estate matter is welcome to call on: 08 9380 8200 between the hours of 9am- 12pm and 2pm-5pm Mon-Fri.
Learning and Training
REIWA has its own training organisation through which members of the public can study to become sales consultants, property managers or licensees of real estate businesses. REIWA Learning also runs compulsory professional development (CPD) courses for its members and their staff in order to continually up-skill and refresh their legal knowledge, business and marketing expertise to maintain and improve professional standards. www.reiwalearning.com.au
Branches and Networks
REIWA divides its statewide membership in general geographical sub-regions and allocates members to the local REIWA branch; e.g. the Albany Branch in the country or the Northern Suburbs Branch in the city. There are seventeen branches in total across WA. Attendance at branch meetings is voluntary, however many members find that branch meetings are an ideal way to exchange industry information with colleagues and the institute, as well as hearing guest speakers with up-to-date real estate news, marketing trends, research and data or business tips. The branches also serve as a social point for industry camaraderie and community fund raising.
REIWA members also have the option of joining one of its Network which are based around vocation. There are seven Networks, including property management, auction, sales, business agency, commercial agency, buyers agency and rural agency. The Networks operate in a similar fashion to the branches but are more focused around specific sectors of the real estate profession.
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