My Client Just Revealed That He's A Registered Sex Offender. Now What?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

Imagine you're a Realtor. You've been working with a man who wants to lease a home and you've exchanged emails, spoken and even looking at houses together. Right before you're ready to help him pull the trigger on a specific home he reveals he's a registered sex offender


Now what?


Do you verbally let the other Realtor know that you're working with a registered sex offender?

Do you say nothing and hope the Listing agent & homeowner don't run a criminal report?

Do you add verbiage in special provisions that read.. "My Client Is A Child Molester, But He's Super Nice!

Would a Realtor be violating the Realtor Code of Ethics by volunteering this information?


Questions, questions and more questions. 

Are sex offenders a protected class? 

Can a homeowner turn down a tenant simply because the perspective tenant is a registered sex offender?

I spoke to a real estate attorney and was given an opinion. I'll share that in the comment section below after I read some of yours! 




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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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Teral McDowell
Residential Sales in Collin County, Texas
Keller Williams Central

Tough one to deal with; mixed emotions and all but there really are varying reasons for the offense. Seems like you can't discriminate but you do have to disclose. I'll be looking for your follow-up.

January 10, 2013 12:21 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida

I'm dying to hear what the attorney said.  I am not sure if I'd be breaking any laws by telling anyone yet on the other hand, I think I might.  Also, do they have the right to privacy?  Tough one.  Anxiously awaiting your response.

January 11, 2013 11:59 AM
Greg Nino
Houston, Texas
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP

Chris & Dick, our state rep attorneys said a Realtor is not obligated to disclose if their client is a registered sex offender!

January 11, 2013 12:05 PM
Dale Bledsoe
Realtor in Tracy, California
Crown Key Realty

Here in California I would have called the California Association of Realtors legal hot line and gotten an opinion from and expert. Very interesting question. Glad you posted it.

January 14, 2013 01:19 PM
Evelyn Johnston
Super Agent, Probably the Best Agent in the Galaxy
Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC

Wow Greg, this is a good one.  I haven't run into the situation and hope I don't, but I don't believe you would need to disclose this.

January 27, 2013 08:43 PM

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