West Vancouver realtor launches appeal after Real Estate Council of B.C. suspends licence a second time

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      Luxury-home specialist Shahin Behroyan is not giving up a fight to continue working as a licensed real estate agent.

      The Real Estate Council of B.C. website reveals that the West Vancouver realtor filed an appeal with the Financial Services Tribunal on April 23.

      This came after the council recently reconsidered an earlier ruling and extended a licence suspension from one to five years.

      Because Behroyan has appealed, the penalty is automatically stayed pending the FST's ruling.

      "RECBC is considering its response to the appeal by Mr. Behroyan," the council website states.

      Beyroyan's website describes him as being among the top five realtors in the world, as well as a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame, a Diamond Award recipient, and president of the Community Neighbourhood Association of the British Properties.

      In 2017, the Real Estate Council of B.C.'s discipline committee concluded that he had committed professional misconduct and engaged in deceptive dealings.

      That came in connection with the payment of a $75,000 bonus to a buyer's agent in the $2.7-million sale of a West Vancouver house, more than doubling the commission cost.

      The next year, the council imposed a one-year suspension, a $7,500 fine, and enforcement costs of $58,705.85.

      Behroyan and the superintendent of real estate each appealed to the Financial Services Tribunal. And the FST ordered that a new RECBC discipline panel re-evaluate the penalty, while confirming the original panel's finding of professional misconduct.

      In March, the new discipline committee cancelled Behroyan's licence and banned him from applying for a new licence for five years. He was also tagged with enforcement costs of $50,000.

      The FST is continuing to deliver services during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement on its website.

      However, the chair, George Hungerford, has acknowledged there is a possibility of staff having "decreased ability to manage appeals".

      "Staff will review any matters so raised and will determine whether the issue needs to be addressed on a priority basis," Hungerford wrote in a letter on the tribunal's website.