Last night, we took our oaths as new real estate brokers, vowing to follow the code of ethics of the real estate profession and to place the interests of our clients over our own.
By we, I meant of course me and the 54 others in my review class who passed the licensure examination held in May this year.
Our oath taking was officiated by Zaide Bation, chief of the Trade and Regulatory Division of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Cebu province. It was held at the Cebu Midtown Hotel in Cebu City.
Realtor Serafin Blanco, a former Mandaue City administrator, in his welcome remarks told of the “opportunities up for grabs” in the real estate profession, citing last year’s 26 percent growth in the real estate sector that roughly translated to exposure of 70 billion pesos.
“Play your role well…There are lots and lots of opportunities ahead of us,” he added. I think it safe to say that all of us who took our oaths last night couldn’t wait to test his words.
The next thing for us to do would be to apply for license with DTI’s Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection, which oversees for now the real estate practice. Once we have our license, we can officially do all of the things that fall into the purview of a real estate broker’s job.
We also had our charging, done by Realtor A. Jun Gultiano Jr., and oath taking as members of the National Real Estate Association, Inc. (NREA) Cebu chapter and Philippine Association of Real Estate Brokers-Central Cebu Board of Realtors, Inc. (Pareb-CCBR). Gultiano is NREA Cebu chapter president and Pareb-CCBR founding chairman. These two groups conducted our review for the real estate licensure examination.
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