Real Estate is NOT a Profession!

Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Resource Realty Services

How funny!   A recent court ruling in Pennsylvania could possibly interpret real estate agents and brokers as not professionals.

Licensing requirements do vary by state.  But, many, many states have similiar license guidelines to Pennsylvania.

So what's your occupation?  I guess the last 15 years I've been working on my "hobby". 


 From July issue or Real Estate Intelligence Report:

Court says real estate is not a profession


(HARRISBURG, Pa.) - The Common Court of Pennsylvania has officially ruled that real estate agents - for lack of

extended education - cannot be considered professionals.

The ruling came in Passport Realty vs. Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (No. 1947, CD, Commonwealth Court.

of Pa., July 2010)

Passport broker Gregory Rubino had hoped to offer his real estate services to Presque Isle Downs, which had a

gambling license for slot machines.

Under Pennsylvania law, however, Rubino was required to register with the state if he wanted to do business with a

gambling operation.

Rubino argued he should not have to obtain a registration, noting the law exempted certain professions from the

rule, specifically, "accountants, attorneys, engineers and architects."

In ruling against Rubino, the high court noted that real estate agents need not even be high school graduates to be

licensed by the state, and the hours of course work required did not approach the amount of college-level course work required for accountants, attorneys, engineers and architects. Therefore, it said, neither real estate agents nor brokers could be considered "professionals."


Funny Story......

Home Buyer Advocate Mike



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Laura McDaniel
Southwestern Style Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Very Sad! I moved to Arizona 20 years ago this Sept from Erie, PA. I cannot imagine! I know that I am a professional. I do also think that there are those within the industry that are not but to say that All real estate agents aare not professionals is obsurd! I have been in the business for over 8 years and I have really always thought that bumping up the amount of CE hours would help but that it would be even better if they could mandate that ever agent have to do a certain number of transactions a year. Possible? Not really in the free world but in my mind those who are not professional and don't do a reasonable amount of transactions a year hurt my business every year. The career that I love and have strived to stay on top of! I really don't think it's fair that we are thought of so poorly. Thanks for the post and good luck on the east coast!

Jul 28, 2010 06:54 AM #1
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

Interesting ruling.  This argument has been going on for decades - and I find that the ones screaming the loudest for being "treated like the professionals we are" sometimes are the least professional in practice.  Our industry can only benefit by raising the bar of educational standards for licensure, but that is a tall order with 50 different states having their own rules.

On a lighter note, did the judge have anything to say about "The World's Oldest Profession" and whether public acceptance of professional status would apply to that? LOL

Jul 28, 2010 06:57 AM #2
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