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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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

I think the clients appreciate honesty above all. Even when it is not what they want to hear, I think at least you must do the right thing.

August 09, 2012 09:40 AM #40
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate

Gay...I just had a problem with a home inspector (whose background is a degree in history according to LinkedIN lol) who told the buyer the home was not structurally sound and that the home 'most likely' has active termites.  The rest is history at this point.


Barb...darn tootin'!

Joni:  I say, are you a ????  Do you have a license in the field of ?????  You know you are opening yourself up to a lawsuit right????

August 09, 2012 09:50 AM #41
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate

Nan:  That should be a natural....being up front and honest is one thing...stepping over the line into another area that they are not licensed or experienced to do ....should not have 'opinions' coming out of their mouth :)

Kathryn: It's not just's MANY others in another field as well.

August 09, 2012 10:13 AM #42
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

This is exactly my problem with new agents going to 100% agencies.  They should not.  They need training first.

August 09, 2012 12:01 PM #43
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

It is important to know where that fine line is. A thought provoking post today. Thanks...

August 09, 2012 12:39 PM #44
Renee Hearne
Crye-Leike Realtors - Maumelle, AR
Realtor, CRA, CPPS, MMDP

This is so true. Even for those who know this. It's great to be reminded. Thanks!

August 09, 2012 01:40 PM #45
Cherimie Crane
Cherimie Crane & Associates, Ballenger Realty - Beaufort, SC

I love this, if fits perfectly into my day! You are so correct:)

August 09, 2012 02:32 PM #46
Jeff Dowler CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360


It's an easy trap to fall into clearly, since we see it all the time, and it bears regular reminders. I suspect many times it is someone trying to be helpful and not thinking about the consequences. As you say we are free to do what we want, but that does not me we are free from the consequences.


August 09, 2012 03:14 PM #47
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties

Sally -- thanks for the great reminder for the folks in the field who may be tempted to "just push the line ever so slightly"   ;-)

August 09, 2012 03:24 PM #48
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Sally that is excellent advice.  It is wise for all of us to stay within our area of expertise, but there are many out there that just can't seem to avoid doing that, and not cross that line.

August 09, 2012 04:05 PM #49
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Sally, it's amazing how often this stuff happens! We should just do our jobs and let other professionals do theirs.

August 09, 2012 05:13 PM #50
Debbie Reynolds
Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730 - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
Sally, I really like your straight to the point advice. Stay in your specialty and don't pretend to be all things to all people.
August 09, 2012 07:36 PM #51
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty - Baltimore, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sally, Would love to know what really triggered this featured post. Care to share?

August 09, 2012 07:58 PM #52
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Good post and very true, some people just have to be know it alls and that is where the trouble begins.

August 09, 2012 09:07 PM #53
Sharon Parisi
Keller Williams Dallas Premier Realty - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Sally, this is a great post with a valuable reminder for people in all professions.

August 09, 2012 09:35 PM #54
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Century 21 Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
RA, CRS, Hawaii Mililani Oahu Real Estate

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 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 #55
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

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 #56
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% o... - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

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 #57
Sun City Grand Homes Surprise AZ Real Estate Leolinda Bowers
Long Realty West Valley Sun City Grand Surprise Arizona - Surprise, AZ
Associate Broker Realtor Arizona Golf Communities

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 12:22 AM #58
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

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 #59
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