The OACIQ opens its doors to the public

A unique opportunity to learn more about the protections offered by the Real Estate Brokerage Act


Brossard, March 22, 2024 – As information is the best protection, the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) will be welcoming real estate buyers and sellers, as well as anyone interested in real estate brokerage, to its Open House on Sunday, March 24, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at its head office in Brossard.

This is a great opportunity to talk to representatives of the OACIQ, which enforces the Real Estate Brokerage Act and oversees real estate brokers' activities across Québec. Other real estate industry stakeholders will also be present, including the Chambre des notaires du Québec, Option Consommateurs, the Association des professionnels en construction et habitation du Québec (APCHQ) and the Garantie Construction Résidentielle (GCR).

Meet experts and discover a wealth of useful information and tools

Mini-conferences and on-site workshops will give participants the opportunity to ask questions about the steps of a real estate transaction, the role and obligations of real estate brokers, the estimation of the costs to be expected during a transaction and the protection mechanisms offered by the Real Estate Brokerage Act.

Furthermore, through interactive sessions, attendees will discover the information and awareness tools that the OACIQ and its partners make available to them, such as budget planning tools to help them prepare properly for their transaction, the Register of licence holders and the Accredited business directory for new constructions. The conduct of a disciplinary hearing, including from the filing of a complaint up to the decision on the penalties imposed, will also be explained, as the OACIQ will be providing access to one of the Discipline Committee's hearing rooms. The public will also be able to test the functioning of Élise, the virtual agent of the information centre Info OACIQ. The virtual agent provides answers 24/7 based on OACIQ articles as well as the Real Estate Brokerage Act and its regulations.

"This third edition of our meeting with the public is an essential part of our mission to inform and protect the public," says OACIQ Vice-President of Communications Louis Beauchamp. "We have stepped up our efforts to be more active with consumers and we can see how essential these exchanges are. An informed consumer is a savvy and better protected consumer!”

"We are pleased to attend the Open House organized by the OACIQ, with which we have been cooperating for many years. This is a great opportunity for us to meet consumers and provide them with the tools they need to manage their personal finances when buying a home,” says Christian Corbeil, General Manager of Option consommateurs.

"The APCHQ is pleased to attend the OACIQ Open House. Since building inspectors have joined our members, we have been able to offer quality professional services to buyers of new or existing homes to give them peace of mind about this important investment, which is sometimes the investment of a lifetime. Inspections help ensure better quality control of constructions, in addition to the professional qualifications of contractors,” says Maxime Rodrigue, President and CEO of APCHQ.

"GCR is proud to be associated with the OACIQ Open House 2024. Our mission is to protect home buyers. Therefore, it is clear that an event like this will give us an opportunity to meet and talk to buyers and potential buyers and provide them with valuable information about the mandatory new home guarantee plan and the protections that apply," says Daniel Laplante, President and CEO of GCR.

About the OACIQ Public Exchange Forums
The OACIQ organizes these forums to generate discussions with consumers and actively contribute to raising their awareness of real estate literacy to better protect the public.

Date and time: March 24, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: 4905 Lapinière Boulevard, Brossard (5 minutes from the Samuel-De Champlain bridge, near Quartier DIX30 and the Chevrier bus terminal; free parking available and our office is
easily accessible from the Du Quartier REM station)
Cost: free

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About the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ)

The Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) ensures the protection of members of the public who enlist the services of real estate brokerage professionals governed by the Real Estate Brokerage Act. It is a member of the Real Estate Regulators of Canada (RERC), a body that brings together all Canadian regulators in the area of real estate brokerage, building inspection and co-ownership property management for some provinces.

About Option Consommateurs

Option consommateurs is a non-profit association that has been defending consumers' rights and interests for over 40 years. It has a keen interest in issues relating to personal finances, commercial practices, financial services, privacy protection, energy, debt and access to justice.

Come meet its budget advisors who will answer your questions about the expenses to be expected when purchasing a property. They will also share their budget grid, an essential tool for sound personal finance management.

About the Association professionnelle de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec (APCHQ)

The Association des professionnels de la construction et de l'habitation du Québec brings together over 20,000 companies in 13 regional associations. As a housing and renovation specialist, the APCHQ is committed to being a rallying force of change, promoting housing sustainability and quality for Quebec society.

About the Garantie de construction résidentielle (GCR)

The mission of the Garantie de construction résidentielle (GCR) is to administer the guarantee plan for new residential buildings in Québec and to protect buyers. It is committed to improving the quality of residential construction. Its Board of Directors includes professionals from the engineering, architecture and law fields, as well as representatives of government bodies, consumer associations and building contractors. Got questions? Take advantage of the Open House to talk to one of their representatives.

About the Chambre des notaires du Québec

The notary is a key player in your real estate transactions. His advice will help you avoid many missteps that could lead to costly disputes. He performs many verifications so that you can enjoy your property with peace of mind. To help you find your way through, make better choices and protect yourself, come meet Ms. Josée Lestage who will answer all your questions.

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Last updated on: March 22, 2024
Numéro d'article: 266211