Don't Even THINK About Asking Me To Participate In Your Fraud

Real Estate Agent with Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199

My email this morning contained a truly disheartening message...the Executive Director of my local Board of Realtors has found it necessary to convey the following:

It has come to the Association's attention that sellers are being asked to sign post-dated contracts to April 30 so buyers can take advantage of the Homebuyer Tax Credit.

This is an illegal practice and constitutes fraud.

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission will be posting information about this issue through Facebook and Twitter later today.

I am appalled. This would never have occurred to me...never. I am not naive and have been practicing North Carolina real estate for over 30 years. Which part of “our reputation and integrity is everything” are some folks missing here?

Police officer with man in handcuffs

Now, I am quite sure this is not just something a North Carolina agent cooked up and sadly, I am sure, now that I think about it, that there were plenty of folks across the country who probably counted on doing this all along. Shame on them.

I have spent the first 4 months of this year working as hard as I have ever worked to ensure that those buyers who wanted to take advantage of the Homebuyer Tax Credit got every opportunity to do so, up to and including referring them to another agent in order to get the job done for them. I'm tired. To find out that I have colleagues (and I use that term loosely) who would suggest or consider engaging in fraud in order to accomplish what I have accomplished, just makes me mad.

How humiliating that Facebook and Twitter will now be used by the NC Real Estate Commission to get the word out to “the world” that some real estate practitioners have no integrity and would even consider compromising their clients and jeopardize their transactions.

Once they have slammed the door of your jail cell don't call me for sympathy. I'm fresh out.


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Kate Wheeler
Country Homes and Land Murphy NC Realtor - Murphy, NC
CCIM - Murphy NC Real Estate for Sale


Is Jon serious?  He's calling obeying the law "manifesting righteousness?"  You know, I thought NC posting on Twitter was unnecessary and made us look bad - now I'm thinking maybe FLORIDA needs to put the word out to their agents...  

May 04, 2010 03:47 AM #58
Laurie Gibson
Windermere Access Realty - Caldwell, ID
SFR, Canyon County Real Estate


I'm like you, I can't believe someone would even think of it let alone participate in fraud.  I shake my head thinking about the cost to our industry.

And Jon #56 , one minute later it is fraud, where's the grey area?

May 04, 2010 03:48 AM #59
Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
I love selling houses!!!St. Louis, MO 314-703-1311

looks like some poeple value thier commissiona little more than their freedom and the ability to earn living in real estate.  I know that I don't need a commission that bad that I would commit or help commit fraud.  I her federal pen's are not as fun as living free... Tax evasion...

May 04, 2010 04:18 AM #60
Noelle Blazevich
John L. Scott - North Bend, WA

Bravo.  Integrity is everything in this business.

May 04, 2010 05:22 AM #61
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

This market has generated more deceit, fraud (mortgage & tax), unauthorized practice of law, etc. than I would have ever imagined.  There is no level too low for some people. 

May 04, 2010 06:01 AM #62
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

SarahGray:  Am I surprised that this is happening?  I wish I could say I was.  The fact that the commission is posting this message on Facebook and Twitter and God-knows where else it will be seen is so disheartening, frustrating, sickening, and maddening.  There are obviously so very many good, decent, hard-working, and honest agents, lenders, and other real estate industry professionals.  That fact seems to get lost when issues of this nature reveal themselves ... and we all end-up losing to some degree, whether guilty or not.  It makes it harder to gain the trust of our clients, other professionals, the public as a whole.  It's the rotten apple that gets all the press ... not the million good ones.  Our reputations and our self-respect is all we have at the end of the day.  Actions like the one you mention make it so much harder to earn half of that ... our reputations ... out in the world.  I've worked too hard (as I'm sure you and others have) to have someone destroy the integrity of our professions.  I join you in your fury ...


May 04, 2010 06:30 AM #63
Jeanna Martinez
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX

SarahGrey - I am not shocked to hear that this might be going on but I still can't believe that there of people out there who would consider risking it.  I like to sleep at night and I definitely don't like the idea of being pulled into any sort of hearing!! Nice post!  Hopefully the bad apples will be caught!!

May 04, 2010 06:34 AM #64
Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

OMG....what a story!  I've never heard of anything like this before. guess there' a first time for everything.


May 04, 2010 06:41 AM #65
Jesus Sotelo Carrillo
Capitol Real Estate Group - Visalia, CA

Amazing. Agents should know better.

May 04, 2010 06:46 AM #66
Nicole Donaghy
Re/Max Purpose Driven - Lexington, SC
Helping Families Home in Lexington and Columbia

I wondered if that type of thing would be going on after the official deadline.  I see that some do not have the morals to uphold any type of code of ethics.

May 04, 2010 06:58 AM #67
Bill Swanson
CBSHOME Real Estate - Omaha, NE

I can believe it. I've dealt with some pretty unethical agents over the years. wouldn't this be flat out tax fraud?

May 04, 2010 10:16 AM #68
Kyle Jan
Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix AZ Homes for Sale

I am surprised that you are surprised.  There is an entire segment of the real estate community that spends entirely too much time trying to beat the system and rationalize their behavior.  It is a crime and should be treated as one.  To suggest that it is acceptable is ridiculous. To say it is for the customer is BS, it is so you can get the deal done and look like a hero. 

May 04, 2010 10:45 AM #69
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

We all know the difference between right and wrong. I've actually heard agents say that they'll post date PA's because "my clients hired me to get them the best deal I can." What a bunch of crap. Maybe their clients should've found a house before the deadline. I mean, did they just spring the end of the tax credit on us? Be professional people. It's what's right.

May 04, 2010 11:03 AM #70
May 04, 2010 04:03 PM #71
SarahGray Lamm
Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 - Chapel Hill, NC
Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience

Thanks for the link, Dunes! Those of us who helped buyers make purchases which qualify will be prepared to help establish proof of having legally met the deadline should any questions arise.

May 05, 2010 01:17 AM #72
Damon Gettier
Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert - Roanoke, VA
Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE

SarahGray, there is a simple solution....lock them up.  No excuses acceptable.

May 05, 2010 04:44 AM #73
Nelson Carrillo
McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560 - Bonita, CA
South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale

this is ridiculous.  why is are some agents willing to jeopardize their license that's enabling them to make money!?!?!  Not only that, what about their ethics, professionalism, and reputation!  Oh, yes... it's called ignorance/incompetence.

May 05, 2010 06:51 AM #74
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I am glad Dunes mentioned the IRS. I saw a lot of mention of various watchdogs, but the IRS will make all the state agencies seem like a walk in the park. As an Atlanta boy I have no desire to spend any time in Atlanta down at the end of Boulevard for TAX FRAUD.

May 06, 2010 08:21 AM #75
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

I hadn't thought of this happening, but now that it has happened, I'm not very surprised.

May 09, 2010 02:34 PM #76
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I'm sure that there will unfortunately be quite a few people who get caught trying to cash in on this this bad idea.

May 13, 2010 02:41 PM #77
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