The Fingerprint Requirement... Where does it end ?

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Real Estate Agent with New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County

The State of Texas has recently put into force the requirement that all Real Estate Licenses being renewed after January 1, 2008, be accompanied by the agent getting fingerprinted.

I must strongly protest this requirement.  How about taking blood samples ?  How about DNA samples ?  This is an intrusion... a personal invasion of my privacy.  I very much resent it.

There are some who would say "if you have nothing to hide, then what's the problem ?"  It has nothing to do with having anything to hide !  But it has everything to do with Big Government getting involved in our personal lives... one more time.

Please do not jump the gun here and think I am some sort of extremist.  I am just a nice Catholic girl from Cleveland trying to make it in the bright lights and city life of Fort Worth, Texas.  Sometimes I vote for Democrats, sometimes I vote for Republicans.  It the upcoming elections... I seem to favor Senator Joe Biden on the Democratic side, and Governor Mike Huckabee on the Republican side.

I only share this information with you to show I consider myself to be of a "main stream" political mind-set.  But... and here's the but you probably knew was coming.  The governor of Texas is a conservative Republican... Governor Rick Perry.  I thought Republicans were for less government, not more !

A very wise man... Benjamin Franklin... once said:  "The man or woman who trades freedom for security does not deserve nor will he ever get either."

How can anyone argue with a statement like his ?

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Cheryl Powell
ABR,SFR,Broker-Concord & Charlotte NC Area Realtor
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Very interesting subject Karen, I wasn't aware that real estate agents are required to provide fingerprints in any state.  It wouldn't have even occurred to me.  However, some real estate companies in our area require back ground checks on all of their agents.  I wouldn't be suprised to see North Carolina follow the trend and start requiring finger prints also. 

I take personal offense to this practice though, do they think we are all potential criminals?

February 06, 2008 04:34 PM
Rainer
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Scott Smith
Gloucester & Rockport, Massachusetts
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Karen Anne: I find it rather sad that if one objects to this kind of governmental intrusion, the first line that is tossed out is "What do you have to hide?" Gee, I have nothing to hide. Maybe we should get fingerprints of people wanting to look at real estate. I mean, REALTORS aren't out there killing clients, but there are the occasional broker getting killed, robbed or raped on a showing. 

I am a certified relocation specialist with Coldwell Banker. I had to have a background check done. I was able to obtain the report. Good to see that I am indeed NOT on any watch list. I have no problem with this. I had a background check when I worked at a financial brokerage house in the 1980's. No biggie. 

February 06, 2008 06:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Kim Daugherty
d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Owner
www.RealFamilyRealEstate.com
One tip....even if you like the requirement or hate it, you still gotta do it..so do it EARLY! I tried to get my prints done in the month my license was set to expire and couldn't get them done in my city because they were booked for about a month. I had to go to a neighboring city that was a bit farther away. not a HUGE inconvenience, but just thought I'd share.
February 09, 2008 12:00 AM
Rainer
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Linda Box Taylor
Your Plano, TX Realtor
Castle Connections Realty

Karen, I am good friends with our TAR field rep and the Chair of the TAR PCS Committee and everyone at TAR was strongly in favor of this requirement.  I let them know that I wasn't a fan and they seemed surprised.  We have this law because of an agent in Houston was a sex offender in another state.  And when they did the criminal background check in Texas nothing came up because he was registered out of state.  This agent didn't go anything criminal in Texas but this is what got the ball rolling for fingerprints here.  

Also, from my understanding they take your fingerprints and run you through the system now.  But just because you have your fingerprints taken doesn't stop someone from during a criminal act in the future.  I think it gives a false sense of security.  It just weeds out those you have previous records.   Which is good but I'm not a criminal and shouldn't be treated like one!!!

As you know, this requirement makes me so mad but on Thursday I'll be having my privacy taken away from me. Oh, I mean my fingerprints taken.   

February 09, 2008 09:39 AM
Rainmaker
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Tricia Jumonville
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Bradfield Properties

If I'd known about it in advance, I would have been telling TAR before the law was passed that I wanted them to lobby against it. 

And that's even though I had my fingerprints taken for a job application some 40 years ago.  It's the principle of the thing - that was a choice, for a law-abiding citizen, as it should be.  This is not.  

 

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