Real Estate and Mortgage Assistants
Real estate or mortgage industry assistants often handle daily administration details, leaving industry members free to engage in activities requiring a licence.
Assistants aren’t licensed by the Real Estate Council of Alberta’s (RECA) and are not part of our jurisdiction. However, RECA holds an associate, associate broker and/or the broker responsible for an assistant’s activities. For example, Real Estate Act Rule requirements state an industry member must provide supervision and ensure the public has full knowledge the assistant is unlicensed.
Industry members can’t assign duties to the assistant that require a licenced professional. While an assistant can organize an industry member’s appointments to show properties, they can’t:
- personally conduct the showings
- conduct contract negotiations
- offer advice to clients
- sign contracts on behalf of the brokerage.
It’s important to note that consumers dealing with unlicensed assistants conducting these types of activities aren’t protected by the Real Estate Act.