Check the Status of an Estate Agent or Agency

Estate Agents

This is a common request: how can I check if an Estate Agent is registered or if an Estate Agency is reputable. We often hear about scams involving the sale/purchase or renting of property, and in most instances, a quick check could have prevented the transaction from going ahead. Since we’re not in the business of selling information that can be obtained elsewhere at no cost, here’s how you can check the status of an Estate Agent or Estate Agency…

First some quick background: All Estate Agents and Agencies must be registered with the Department of Human Settlements in terms of the Estate Agency Affairs Act 112 of 1976. It is unlawful for a person or company to conduct the business of an Estate Agent or Agency without being registered with the Estate Agency Affairs Board (the body set up to regulate the industry) or without being in possession of a valid Fidelity Fund Certificate that must be renewed annually. To check the registration status of an Agent or Agency you can go to the EAAB’s website at (Figure 1)

EAAB website

Look for the “Find an Agent” or “Find an Agency” search boxes on the right hand side of the screen and enter the person or business’s name. Results are displayed on screen (Figure 2). Clicking the “Full Detail” link next to each result will bring up a window containing further information such as address and contact details (Figure 3).

EAAB Results

EAAB More Details

To check the validity of an Agent’s/Agency’s Fidelity Fund Certificate you will need to call the EAAB directly. Make a note of the reference number displayed on screen when you view the Full Detail (Figure 3) as this may be requested. The telephone number to call is 087 285 3222.

Written by Ben Potgieter on . Posted in Quick Tips

Ben Potgieter

Ben is not only the webmaster of the Intertel Group's various websites, he is also a master developer fluent in C++, Java, PHP, JS, VBScript, HTML, CSS, Python and Perl. He has been involved in various development projects, including CyberSpy and CyberSentry.
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