Edwina Brown, Owner of Yass Real Estate Agency has been elected as a Director on the Board for Real Estate Institute NSW (REINSW).

The appointment makes her the only woman from rural and regional NSW on the Board.

The Real Estate Institute of NSW represents thousands of Real Estate agents across the state and is the largest and most influential association of its kind in NSW. Dealing in residential sales, property management, commercial, strata management, buyers’ agency, agency services and auctioneering. REINSW was established in 1910 and has over 100 years of experience.

REINSW works to improve the standards, professionalism and expertise of its members to evolve and innovate the industry continually. It lobbies the government and industry on behalf of members, develops new products and services to benefit agencies and professionals, and offers training and ongoing professional development.

REINSW is also passionate about changing the representation of women on Boards, stating that only 29.6% of board members are female. The real estate industry promotes substantial gender equality, and Edwina’s appointment on their Board shows their continued support of this initiative.

YRE Principal Edwina Brown – outside a typical property in high demand from investors, downsizers & first home buyers which recently sold in Yass

Currently, the REINSW is calling on the Department of Fair Trading to speed up the application process of real estate agents by completing the necessary checks faster. Ms Brown is supporting this advocacy with experience of the red-tape issue affecting agents here in Yass.

According to REINSW, there are hundreds of qualified agents across NSW who are currently unemployed due to bureaucratic inefficiencies, and the number is growing daily. The checks required take more than 50 days for the Department of Fair Trading to process which CEO of REINSW Tim McKibbin says is entirely possible of being done in just 24-48 hours.

“NSW Fair Trading has a clear opportunity to unlock more new jobs, alleviate pressure on itself, and help get the NSW economy moving again,” Mr McKibbin says.

REINSW stated that people have undergone the necessary training and even entered roles in the industry already, however the slow turn around for the checking process takes much longer to finish.

Ms Brown, in her newly appointed role as a director of REINSW, will have direct input into these issues.

Ryan Betts