After many years, the Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association has a new President, Robert Greenwood, Director and Broker of the Exclusive Christie’s International Real Estate Brand for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Mr. Greenwood, born in the UK and the son of an overseas Developer spent his early years on the island of St. Lucia, moving to the Turks and Caicos in 1980 where his father was an integral part of the islands first major hotels and resorts.
“Living in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the early years was very different, yet an absolutely amazing experience. One that has allowed me to see just about every change the islands have gone through” said Mr. Greenwood. “I feel extremely privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to live in these beautiful islands, now a proud citizen of the Turks and Caicos Islands, “I just couldn’t imagine calling anywhere else home he says.”
So with this life experience in hand, Mr. Greenwood followed in his fathers footsteps starting out in his fathers construction company, eventually moving on to his own firm and developing Projects both within the
Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States. By way by natural progression, Robert was exposed to Property and Resort Management, and of course, Real Estate Sales and Wealth Management, gaining a vast amount of hands on experience. This is however where he found his true passion, and has since continued to focus on Real Estate , and with his Partner, Katherine Baryluk, a prominent top producing Broker from Toronto Canada, built Regency Christie’s International Real Estate, one of the Turks and Caicos Islands most influential Luxury Real Estate Brokerages.
Only the most accomplished real estate brokers at the top of their markets are invited to join the Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliate network. They undertake an exhaustive vetting procedure, examining all aspects of their business, their history, their character, and their potential. Once its determined that a broker is a leader in their field, exceeds our stringent service standards, and demonstrates a proven record of success, they are awarded the Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliate status, entering into a formal contractual relationship.
As the leading network of real estate brokers dedicated to the marketing and sale of luxury homes, we can provide you with a global platform with localized connections to buy or sell your fine property. In markets from Stockholm to Rio de Janeiro, you will have assistance from a local professional who speaks the language, knows the neighborhoods, and is in tune with the culture of the community, giving you immediate access to the knowledge you need.
However, the focus for Robert along with his own firms continued success is The Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association. Christie’s International Real Estate are active Broker Members of the association, the islands only such association and keepers of the MLS ( Multiple Listing Service). This system holds every piece of land and property thats held through TCREA, its 15 Brokerages and 92 Agents, making for a comprehensive single source database. This provides an extremely easy and very efficient system for both the agents as well as prospective buyers and investors. Each Brokerage and individual agent has access to the others listings so our clients don’t have to go from agent to agent. www.TCREA.com
In brief, The real estate market has grown tremendously over the past twenty years, and with it the real estate industry has changed and expanded. In the early 1980’s there were only a handful of brokers in the Turks & Caicos Islands, each of them taking only exclusive listings which were rarely shared with another company. This required that – as in the UK - serious purchasers had to visit each individual broker to get a
clear picture of the number of properties on the market.
In June 2000 six Brokers founded TCREA. In the intervening years the Association worked to create a framework so that its members could work together in harmony and professionalism.
Major achievements of the Association include:
- The establishment of a standard commission structure Setting up the co-brokerage arrangement
- Employing a full time Association Administrator Establishing administrative office facilities in Le Petit Place
- Regular publication of the TCREA Real Estate Magazine
- Organizing the Multiple Listing Service (MLS)
- Computerization of the MLS system
- Establishing a pattern of Community Involvement
- Creating a comprehensive Training and Licensing Program
Since its inception, TCREA has handled thousands of sales, large and small; and ensures a buyer can deal with any one of the member realtors and have access to every listing. Being on-line, changes are made in Islands. The systems and paper work too are standardized; buyers are presented with a Preliminary Agreement – the standard ‘Offer Form’ in the Turks & Caicos Islands – making transaction procedures the same from company to company.real-time so all information is current and available to every member via the TCREA MLS website: this site has a real-time link to the end user website: www.tcrea.com The full colour TCREA Real Estate Magazine, circulated several times per year, has become a significant
marketing tool, making it easy for potential clients to gather information on property types, sizes, styles, locations and relative values in the Turks & Caicos
Sellers of real estate benefit similarly; they can now list a property with one chosen broker and know they will receive the sales and marketing services of over 15 other firms, all motivated to sell their property.
TCREA also functions as the regulatory arm of the Association whenever necessary, ensuring that buyers and sellers are dealt with in a courteous, professional manner by every member. It also ensures that the spirit of fair play and co-operation is maintained between individual member firms. Any breach of TCREA’s Code of Ethics or Rules and Regulations is dealt with by the Association and is subject to disciplinary action.
In response to the Turks & Caicos Government Ordinance requirement that before a Real Estate Agent License will be issued, all sales agents and sales representatives must have completed a Professional Real
Estate Course. Since Caribbean Islands offer a vastly different range of real estate options from other countries, TCREA has produced a curriculum and training courses exclusively for Turks & Caicos agents. This is the first ever local training opportunity for Turks & Caicos Real Estate Agents. Following these courses, examinations are required for all TCREA agents to assure a continuing high standard of expertise and professionalism within the Turks & Caicos Islands real estate industry.
The Code of Ethics of TCREA is the measure of professional conduct that may be reasonably expected from the Members of the Association by those Members and by the general public.
The Code expresses the high professional ideals held by TCREA Members. The Code requires Members to continue to strive to improve the standards of the real estate profession through shared experience, co-operation and education.
Maintenance of the reputation of the Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association and of the high standard of ethical practice which it promotes is the direct responsibility of every TCREA Member.
The confidence and responsible nature of a real estate professional’s work makes it a matter of public concern that the reputation of Members of TCREA for integrity and efficiency should be beyond reproach.
The prestige of any professional body depends to a very great extent upon the ethical standards observed by its Members, both in their association with one another and in their relationships with the community in general. The duty therefore devolves upon every Member of TCREA to conduct his business in a manner which will effectively uphold and enhance the reputation of the Real Estate Profession.”