In the Philippines, the average salary of licensed real estate brokers is Php 19,000, plus the commission. With real estate property buying and selling becoming a lucrative business at present time, it appears that the number of unlicensed real estate brokers and agents is ballooning in number. Unlicensed real estate brokers get as much as salary (or even more) of registered ones.
There are three major reasons why sellers and buyers patronize the service of illegal property agents:
(1) they offer cheaper service
(2) they have lesser commission rates, and
(3) buyers and sellers can shun from paying hefty taxes.
Despite these boons, the Philippine law outlaws such agreement and describe the transaction as ‘dangerous’ because transacting with such unlicensed brokers offer no support from authorities in cases of fraudulent deals. Needless to say, we recommend you should not work with unlicensed real estate brokers and agents:
- A bogus real estate broker has no license to protect. This means there is no way you can file for revocation or cancellation of his/her licensed in the event the unlicensed real estate broker swindles you.
- A bogus real estate broker has no professional affiliation or organization. Not like licensed brokers and agents, they do not own offices where you can easily find them. This implies that whenever a problem arises between your contract or agreement, you wound not know where to hunt them.
- A bogus real estate broker follows no professional standards. Not only they do not adhere to conducts and standards pertaining to real estate industry, but a phony real estate service provider can easily operate without recognizing the moral and ethical benchmarks. People who deal with unlicensed real estate person often receive no or poor information about the deal.
- Transaction with a bogus real estate broker is illegal. Under the Republic Act 9646 (RESA Law), any dealing with or by an unlicensed real estate agent is liable to be punished by the said ruling. A fine of Php 200, 000.00 to 100,000.00, 2- to 4- year imprisonment or both will be imposed. Accomplices of unlicensed real estate brokers and agents also face legal punishment.
- Dealing with a bogus real estate broker can actually entail more costs. Guarded by professional standards, licensed brokers are often paid by sellers of the real property. Thus, they’re less likely to ask for extra charges than fake agents who need to find a way to make money.
Republic Act 9646 or the RESA Law states that real estate services should (only) be dealt with licensed real estate service practitioners. The intent of the law is to protect the buying public against swindle and any form of fraudulent scams.