Houston Realtor Ordered To Pay Over 630k For Sharing His Password..............

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP
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According to Local 2 News here in Houston a local Realtor has been ordered by a judge to pay more than $630,000 to Co Star Realty Information.

The Realtor involved in the lawsuit allegedly violated intellectual property and Copyright right laws. On TV they said he "shared his password" and violated terms of use.

The commercial Broker did not comment on TV and wasn't interviewed. He's been licensed since 1987 and still has an Active Brokers License.

Two things should be remembered:

1. Don't share your user name and password to any real estate MLS to anyone for any reason.

2. Do not violate your terms of use with any real estate association.

 

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Greg Nino
, Houston area Realtor®.
Helping residential buyers, sellers and tenants 7 days a week.
Available @ 832-298-8555 

RE/MAX Compass (Formerly RE/MAX WHP)

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Rainmaker
382,201
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

I agree it's inappropriate to share an MLS password or violate terms of service.  However I smell a filing with the Texas Court of Appeals on this one..

Dec 24, 2010 01:00 PM #2
Rainmaker
648,439
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Hmmm....the stupid things that people do, Greg. I wouldn't share my passwords to any of my confidential business information (or any other confidential information, for that matter) if my life depended on it.

Dec 24, 2010 01:06 PM #3
Rainer
190,156
Jon Budish
Resident Realty - Fort Collins, CO

630K for sharing his password? Is that all the poor guy can afford? The MLS must need some cash pretty badly!

Dec 24, 2010 01:08 PM #4
Rainmaker
850,922
J. Philip Faranda
J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY - Briarcliff Manor, NY
Broker-Owner

Giving out your password is serious business. Few people realize that. 

Dec 24, 2010 01:37 PM #5
Rainmaker
630,071
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

I am glad to see that the penalty was large enough to discourage others from doing the same thing.  Things are truly big in Texas!!

Dec 24, 2010 01:49 PM #6
Rainer
90,309
Maya Swamy
Funds Available - Long Beach, CA
Ph.D. Long Beach, CA - fundsavailable.com

I recently refused to give my passwords to my son. Fortunately being a lawyer he was able to understand the legal issues involved.

Dec 24, 2010 01:59 PM #7
Rainmaker
1,287,639
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% o... - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

Where they'd come up with this amount is what I want to know!  I don't give out the password, OR loan the lock box key!

Merry Christmas, to the Nino Family!!

Dec 24, 2010 02:26 PM #8
Ambassador
1,491,360
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Greg, It's going to take a LOT of closings to break even on that one!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dec 24, 2010 03:45 PM #9
Rainmaker
296,994
Dan and Amy Schuman
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Solon, OH
Luxury Home Specialists

That's a pretty harsh penalty, but then again, there may be more to the story that we don't know. In any event, I doubt they'll ever collect it. Happy Holidays.  

Dec 24, 2010 04:02 PM #10
Rainer
221,634
Bill Pohl
Tetra Homes, Inc. - Loveland, OH

Greg - From my calculations, he only has to sell $21,000,000 worth of real estate (at 3%) to get it paid off.

Dec 24, 2010 05:11 PM #11
Rainmaker
819,445
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Homes

Seriously steep don't you think? Who decided on the figure?

Dec 24, 2010 08:26 PM #12
Rainmaker
98,889
Bob McCranie
Broker/Owner - Texas Pride Realty - Carrollton, TX
Your best advocate when buying or selling your hom

That seems excessive but passwords should be secret!

Dec 25, 2010 02:06 AM #13
Rainmaker
962,496
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

This wasn't a fine assessed by any association, but an order by a court. I'm guessing the Brokers behaivor cost someone a ton of money. This would explain the large judgement. Who knows!

Dec 25, 2010 05:28 AM #14
Rainmaker
95,723
Pam Sitterly
RE/MAX VINTAGE - Magnolia, TX
CRS Magnolia-Tomball Texas

WOW! This is shocking! But I don't share password information either. I pay for the privilege of accessing our MLS so I think everyone should.

Dec 25, 2010 08:55 AM #15
Rainmaker
526,158
Shirley Parks
Sands Realty 210-414-0966 - San Antonio, TX
Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Homes

Hi Greg, I have had a client ask me to share my MLS login info.  Of course, I didn't do it.  I can't imagine anyone sharing it.

Dec 25, 2010 08:29 PM #16
Rainmaker
625,614
Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.

That is scary! Where in the heck is he going to get that kind of money to pay that off?

Dec 25, 2010 11:32 PM #17
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Tom Kilker (TOM KILKER REALTY LLC AZ NM)

With all of the other things that are going on on the web nowadays, the secure information is open to anyone that has the knowledge to hack in and take your personal informaiton. To open the door by giving out pass words to the MLS info could have far reaching reprocusions if the those pas words got in the wroug hands. You can never tell who is watching to take advanctage of that like of info. I could have cost more that the fine!!!! 

Dec 26, 2010 03:24 PM #18
Rainmaker
1,170,078
Evelyn Johnston
Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy

Whoa! I haven't given my password or key out, but golly, that's a lot of money!

Dec 26, 2010 05:16 PM #19
Ambassador
536,956
Gerry Michaels
Glasswork Media Arts - Gettysburg, PA
GettysburgGerry Social Meida

I have never and never will share my password or lend my card (we use cards here instead of keys), and now I know why...ouch...

Dec 27, 2010 02:29 PM #20
Rainmaker
433,118
Marcy Moyer
Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist - Palo Alto, CA
CDPE

A 630K fine seems a bit excessive. Also, stupid since almost everything except the phone number of the seller is available online anyway.

Dec 27, 2010 09:14 PM #21
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