CROSSING OVER THAT FINE LINE

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Liberty Homes RS-#62825

 

Why would one professional in the Real Estate Industry step over the line into another’s profession? Not only is it wrong and unethical, but more often than not will kill a deal.  Stepping over that fine line will not only create a bad reputation but they will risk losing their license and risk facing court action.

OMGSTAY IN YOUR OWN AREA OF EXPERTISE. Not only is it the right way of doing business, IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO!!!

  • If you are not a licensed real estate agent, then don’t pretend you are.
  • If you are not an attorney, you cannot give legal advice.
  • If you are not a licensed contractor, you cannot tell a buyer that the home is not structurally sound.
  • If you are not a licensed Termite Inspector, you cannot say there are active termites.
  • If you are a doctor, you cannot presume you are a real estate agent.
  • If you are not a loan officer, don’t give advice on what type of loan program they should have.

Put it this way, you can do whatever your heart desires, although be prepared to face the consequences should you step over that fine line.  YOU SURELY MUST GET MY DRIFT.

 

Step over that fine line…

 

And risk losing your name, your reputation…

 

And whatever license you do have.

 

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Hey Jeff!  For every action there is a reaction.,...I think most of us want a positive outcome.

George:  What makes it so tempting to some...to step over the line without a second thought of the consequences?

Margaret:  Because I cannot divulge info that is not in writing...and absolutely heresay from a supposed professional...I can only write what I've written. Hopefully, the one who crossed over the line heeded our advice...but unfortunately a little too late. 

August 09, 2012 10:19 PM
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Sally - you mean now I have to see, "Gee willikers Mr. and Mrs. Buyer, those columns are rotting and you should have an engineer evaluate them..."?  Sure, go ahead, take away ALL my fun!

P.s.  You are ABSOLUTELY right.

August 10, 2012 04:44 AM
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner
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And if you're not a licensed real estate agent, you should not be practicing real estate, which a lot of people seem to like to do.

August 11, 2012 02:57 PM
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Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers
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Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona

Practice real estate in the state that you are licensed in, unless you are an attorney or AIF.  Sally, don't you hate it when a buyer or seller says but my realtor back home says I should offer XXX.

August 20, 2012 05:02 PM
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Nick T Pappas
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Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL

Sally, while it's true that we as Realtors do wear many hats...home inspectors, attorneys, appraisers, structural engineers are not among them.  We do learn things by dealing with other professions and many times our opinions or observations in those fields can be fairly accurate, but really holds no weight in a court of law or in front of an arbitration board...just stick to the area that we are licensed in.

September 02, 2012 12:57 PM
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