Coffs agent wins industry board seat
COFFS Harbour real estate agents will have a strong voice in the industry’s governing body, with Unrealestate Principal Chris Hines elected to the board of the Real Estate Institute of NSW.
“I am honoured to take up a position on the board of the REINSW. To be able to represent agents from across the state in the peak body for the real estate profession is indeed an honour,” Chris said.
Chris has been building his industry credentials for years, with the hard work now recognised.
“I have been a member of the Institute for many years and have always been involved in advocacy and attending state conferences. When a position came available, I applied and got accepted unanimously.”
The Board of the REINSW is comprised of agents from all over the state and from specific areas of real estate practice; Chris will take up the regional representation role and already has a few reforms in his sites.
“My main aim is to the help the board achieve a raft of changes designed to lift the overall standing of the real estate profession,” he said.
“I believe the real estate profession is indeed that; a profession. It needs people of knowledge, skill and integrity. We need greater training, standards and education - particularly with those starting in the industry - and more relevant continuing professional development. It is certainly something I am really looking forward to.”
They are sentiments echoed by new REINSW President John Cunningham, who is based in Sydney.
“REINSW plays a key role in ensuring new legislation and policies are in the best interest for agents and consumers alike,” Mr Cunningham said.
“Throughout my term I will continue to strengthen our advisory role and continue to lobby for both members and consumers. We will focus on increasing the qualification and education requirements for agents to ultimately raise the level of professionalism across the industry,” Mr Cunningham said.
Chris Hines comes onto the board as fellow local agent, Christine Clarke, principal of Raine & Horne Coffs Harbour, vacates her seat after a long tenure.