My email this morning contained a truly disheartening message...the Executive Director of my local Board of Realtors has found it necessary to convey the following:
It has come to the Association's attention that sellers are being asked to sign post-dated contracts to April 30 so buyers can take advantage of the Homebuyer Tax Credit.
This is an illegal practice and constitutes fraud.
The North Carolina Real Estate Commission will be posting information about this issue through Facebook and Twitter later today.
I am appalled. This would never have occurred to me...never. I am not naive and have been practicing North Carolina real estate for over 30 years. Which part of “our reputation and integrity is everything” are some folks missing here?
Now, I am quite sure this is not just something a North Carolina agent cooked up and sadly, I am sure, now that I think about it, that there were plenty of folks across the country who probably counted on doing this all along. Shame on them.
I have spent the first 4 months of this year working as hard as I have ever worked to ensure that those buyers who wanted to take advantage of the Homebuyer Tax Credit got every opportunity to do so, up to and including referring them to another agent in order to get the job done for them. I'm tired. To find out that I have colleagues (and I use that term loosely) who would suggest or consider engaging in fraud in order to accomplish what I have accomplished, just makes me mad.
How humiliating that Facebook and Twitter will now be used by the NC Real Estate Commission to get the word out to “the world” that some real estate practitioners have no integrity and would even consider compromising their clients and jeopardize their transactions.
Once they have slammed the door of your jail cell don't call me for sympathy. I'm fresh out.