Job Information Inspector, Real Estate Dealers (Investigations) Company Information
Contact Name Office of the Services Commission
Contact Email
Job Information
Job Type Full-time
Department Executive Agency
Category Real Estate
Posted 20-05-2024
Job Status
Start Publishing 20-05-2024
Stop Publishing 30-05-2024
Applications are invited for the following post  in the Real Estate Authority of Jamaica (REAJ)/Real Estate Board: Inspector, Real Estate Dealers (Investigations) (Level 8) (Three Month Contract) (Not Vacant), salary range $5, 198,035- $6,990,779 per annum.
Job Purpose
Under the supervision of the Senior Inspector(Real Estate Dealers and Developers), the Inspector (Investigation) contributes to the regulation and monitoring of the operations of real estate dealers, developers and salesmen across Jamaica in accordance with relevant GoJ policies and real estate legislations, specifically the Real Estate (Dealers & Developers) Act. Specifically, the incumbent applies surveillance techniques to detect, and produce evidence on, breaches of the Act for referral to the Authority for prosecution and other corrective actions.
Key Responsibilities
  • Engages in overt and covert islandwide surveillance to detect new or assess known breaches of the relevant Act, including unregistered development schemes, and to gather and supply evidence to facilitate prosecution of the perpetrators. This involves:
    • Co-ordinating the compilation of evidence and preparation of documents for court hearings;
    • Testifying on behalf of purchasers during court hearings;
    • Providing information to the police regarding matters that require their intervention.
    • Validates applications from persons seeking to register as a real estate dealer, salesmen or developers or wishing to effect any change to their status by:
    • Checking and confirming relevant documentation supplied e.g. police records, bankruptcy statements, titles, proof of payment of fees and relevant approvals from the Municipal Corporation;
    • Conducting interviews to sensitize applicants of their responsibilities and the expectations of the REA, and to clarify items on their application;
      Conducting site visits to confirm information on application forms;
    • Identifying and highlighting problematic areas regarding applications and making recommendations for resolution where possible.
  • Facilitates the registration of developers by checking/monitoring the Municipal Corporation’s sub-division and Building Register, as well as permits and licences from NEPA and the relevant
  • Minister’s office; and also notifying potential developers of the requirements under the Act;
  • Ensures that Letters of Registration to developers, dealers and salesmen and Registration Certificates to dealers and salesmen are prepared and issued as directed;
  • Vets applications from developers for the consent or discharge of the REAJ’s interest in their property as a mortgagee, and makes recommendations;
  • Examines, monitors and prepares reports on the operations of dealers and salesmen vis-à-vis the provisions of the Act and Regulations, to promote compliance.
  • Examines and monitors the operations of real estate developers/vendors to ensure they comply with the provisions of the relevant Act and regulations by:
  • Visiting the offices of developers to ensure that required records are being maintained;
  • Ensuring that requirements in relation to reporting of lodgements to trust accounts, withdrawal of client’s funds, execution of contracts and, where applicable, execution of a mortgage in favour of the Authority are met;
  • Verifying that subdivisions and housing units are complete by checking Partial Completion Certificates (PCCs) against site observations;
    Preparing written reports on each inspection visit.
  • Assists with the monitoring of dealers, developers and salesmen to ensure compliance with POCA and the Terrorism Prevention Act;
  • Monitors publications and advertisements to detect illegal operators engaging in real estate business and development schemes; to determine whether registered real estate practitioners are compliant with provisions of the Act and regulations, and to identify issues that may affect the interests of a practitioner, a development scheme or the public at large;
  • Conducts routine investigations of breaches of the relevant Act as required, or as directed by the Senior Inspector Real Estate Dealers and Developers;
  • Responds to queries and information requests from industry personnel and members of the public;
  • Receives, investigates and provides resolution to complaints from dealers, developers, salesmen, members of the public or other parties, as provided for under the relevant Act;
  • Receives information on or identifies critical issues or breaches that will impact industry practitioners and the public at large, and follows-up with a written report;
  • Contributes to the proper maintenance of the Registers of Salesmen, Dealers and Developers;
  • Promotes the Authority’s policies by making presentations at seminars, discussions and other fora to industry personnel and the public;
  • Prepares documentation and other information to facilitate the resolution of either disputes among Salesmen, Dealers and Developers and/or their clients or appeals of decisions of the Authority.
  • Develops individual Work Plan based on alignment to REAJs overall plan;
  • Prepares reports on activities as required;
  • Updates computerized databases and utilizes the information as required;
  • Undertakes any other duties that may be assigned by the Senior Inspector Real Estate Dealers and Developers.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Competencies
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Competence in public speaking/presentations
  • Skilled at teamwork and co-operation
  • Integrity
  • Sound knowledge of Surveying or Estate Management
  • Sound knowledge of the Real Estate (Dealers & Developers) Act, the Registration (Strata Titles) (Amendment) Act, Gated Communities Act, Proceeds of Crime Act, Terrorism Prevention Act and other pertinent laws and practices related to the Real Estate Industry.
  • Sound knowledge of the policies, procedures and legal framework of the Real Estate Authority.
  • Sound knowledge of overt and covert surveillance techniques
  • Good knowledge of court procedures
  • Good knowledge of accepted/recognized monitoring and evaluation techniques
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in the Real Estate Industry
  • Knowledge of GOJ legislative procedures
  • Knowledge and use of relevant computer applications/ICT technologies
  • Strong investigative/research, analytical and problem-solving skills, and judgement
  • Dispute resolution skills.
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
  • First degree in Land Economy, Valuation Surveying (Estate Management) or equivalent qualification
  • Training in Paralegal Studies and Investigative Techniques
  • Two (2) years progressive experience in the Regulatory Sector, or in the armed forces at the level of an officer
  • An equivalent combination of qualifications & experience.
Special Conditions Associated with the Job
  • May come in contact with difficult clients;
  • Required to travel island wide to development schemes, dealer offices, municipal corporations and other approval agencies, Court offices, etc.
Applications accompanied by résumés should be submitted no later than Friday, May 29, 2024, at the link below: 
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