Press Release: Written Service Contracts Become Mandatory for Buyers in Alberta Effective July 1, 2014

On July 1, 2014, the Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) will require industry members who establish a client relationship with a buyer who is trading in residential real estate to enter into a written service agreement with that buyer.

RED DEER, AB – Alberta is following in the foot steps of Ontario with changes to section 43 of the Real Estate Act that will make it mandatory for a buyer who wants to be a client of a real estate agent to sign a contract for services. This change comes years after sellers have been signing written service agreements to list their home on the MLS® System but these types of agreements with buyers have been optional. Susan Rochefort, owner and co-founder of Lime Green Realty, said the intent of making the contracts mandatory is to continue to elevate the level of professionalism in the real estate industry, “I see this change as something really positive for our industry. Working with a real estate professional has evolved dramatically over the years and this next step continues to improve our industry. These written service agreements will better define the agents roles and responsibilities in representing buyers and ultimately create a more professional environment.”


Press Release: Susan Rochefort Breaks a 23yr MLS® Record

PRESS RELEASE: February 5, 2014

Agent Breaks 23 Year Record for MLS® Sales in Central Alberta

Susan Rochefort of Lime Green Realty sets a new record for MLS® Listings Sold

RED DEER, AB – For the first time in 23 years of Residential MLS® listing sales in Central Alberta, Susan Rochefort, REALTOR® and Owner of Lime Green Realty Inc. of Red Deer, Alberta has sold 150 residential listings in one year (2013). The previous record was held by a Royal LePage agent with 137 sales in 2006.

“We took a huge risk in 2009 starting this company, as leaders & game changers in the real estate industry we needed the consumers support & these numbers are proof that we have it. This company was built on the idea that the consumer comes first so the true measure of our success is how many happy clients we have & we have passed that test as well. Through feedback & a survey we had 144 of our 150 clients participate with 142 indicating they were extremely happy with our services, 2 were pleased and 6 did not respond or could not be reached. I realize in business you won’t please everyone but we do strive for excellence at Lime Green Realty” said Rochefort.



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