Options for CIELA’s future
The 6 month consultation pre-launch period ended as of Saturday 30th September.
Insufficient membership has been achieved for a full launch.
However, discussions are now taking place with well-established, third parties who have expressed an interest in possible alliances or partnerships which may allow CIELA to fully form, although these discussions are at an early stage.
If no such new alliance is formed, CIELA will be put on ice indefinitely, but with the membership, voting and referral systems held intact for any potential future revival.
Many members have commented on how trading conditions are the toughest they have known for 25 years which may perhaps have contributed to the difficulty in recruiting of new members, even among agents who expressed strong support.
CIELA remains concerned for the future of many independent agents who are losing out to the unfair practices of some corporate agents’ marketing, the illegal conduct of rogue independent agents and the downward pressure on fees caused by online/call-centre agents.
The final decision by the ASA on the complaint made by CIELA about Purplebricks misleading advertising is expected within weeks.