Agents disagree over 'surveyor' campaign
Property sellers and buyers are targeted in a campaign explaining that when looking for an estate agent they should look for chartered surveyors. However, a rival organisation disagrees.
The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) is undertaking the campaign in favour of chartered surveyors and its incoming president Roland O'Connell explains: "While chartered surveyors haven't traditionally been associated with residential property services (sales, lettings and property management) in Ireland, a move towards more regulation and away from generic terms such as 'auctioneer' and 'estate agent' was emerging."
However, the outgoing president of the rival organisation, Padraig Smith of the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, disagrees.
He says that: "While the SCSI may like to think the name auctioneer will die out. . . , auctioneer is a worldwide recognised term and profession . . ." and the government regulator, not the SCSI, will decide who will get a licence to act in the property business.
Meanwhile, Tom Lynch who regulates agents is hopeful of introducing his first licenses this summer.