How Long have You been Licenced?

The correct answer is “zero”.

You have never, ever been licenced in Ontario to practice real estate.

You may have a driver’s licence, a fishing licence or a hunting licence, but Ontario has always had a system of “registration” for real estate agents.

That also means that you are a “registrant” rather than a “licensee”.

Just check out the RECO website. And, you should remember that sometimes OREA gets this wrong.

Cross-examination in Court

How long have you been in the business?

          I have been licenced for 25 years!

Could you show me your licence?

          Here it is!              (producing the RECO Registration)

It seems to say “Certificate of Registration”.


Where’s the Licence?

          I am not quite sure!

So, you say that you have been in the business for 25 years and you don’t know whether you are licenced or registered?

          I don’t think it makes any difference!

So, you don’t pay that much attention to detail, is that the case?

          No, I am very detail oriented.

Yet, you don’t even know whether you are registered or licensed, so I would suggest that you actually pay very little attention to detail.

Ok, let’s move on. You say you explained the Listing agreement in detail.



You can see right from the start that this cross-examination is not going well for the agent, and we haven’t even arrived yet at anything of substance.

Brian Madigan LL.B., Broker

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