Seriously, Do I LOOK Like A Lawyer to You?

Real Estate Agent with inactive - license is on ice with State of MN

The other day someone asked me about potential legal ramifications of a decision they needed to make. Inside my head, this little voice said, "Wait a minute, do I look like an attorney?" 

Then that little voice's evil twin. Ms. Ego, preened a little and was so flattered that they thought I knew SO much. (And that path leads to peril.)

Not so fast. I am not an attorney, I don't have a license to practice law, and I was very quick to refer them to legal counsel.

And it's true, I do know a lot.......about real estate. But, in selling homes, it is important for agents to remember that they are NOT:

  • Lawyers
  • Accountants
  • Inspectors
  • Police departments
  • Air quality experts
  • Mold experts
  • Etc., etc.

So when your agent refers you to an expert for a bona fide answer to a specific question, remember that they are not ducking the issue, but instead are looking out for your best interests at all times. 





Posted by

Barbara Charlton, REALTOR, GRI
License voluntarily ON ICE with State of MN
Cell/Text: 612-414-6721
Office: 952-898-5800
Fax: 612-677-3710

Comments (9)

Joe Jackson
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Columbus, OH
Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert

Great advise thanks for the post

Jul 22, 2011 01:46 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Well said. Going beyond what we are licensed to do can endanger several people. :)


Jul 22, 2011 01:49 AM
Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group
Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates - Amherst, NH
Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate

Barbara, EXCELLENT titlle and post, we need to remind ourselves of this everyday!  Am clicking suggest!

Jul 22, 2011 01:57 AM
Barbara Charlton
inactive - license is on ice with State of MN - Lakeville, MN

Joe and Steve, I have to constantly be wary of those little voices in my head :)

Rene, thank you so much!

Jul 22, 2011 02:02 AM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

I clicked suggest as well!    TO often Realtors think they know all aspects of a transaction....and we don't ....or at least know all of it...don't be a Know It all!  

Great post!

Jul 22, 2011 02:10 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Barbara, well said, short and simple.  Sometimes we sound like a broken records but we cannot give advice outside the scope of our expertise.

Jul 22, 2011 02:23 AM
Barbara Charlton
inactive - license is on ice with State of MN - Lakeville, MN

Deborah, thank you! And what you said is so true. I have a broad background and know a little about a lot of stuff, but you never get in trouble sticking to your own expertise  :)

Silvia, it's so darned easy to do, without even realizing it, really.

Jul 22, 2011 02:38 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

That is the best advice you can give clients and will keep your career moving forward! Great post Barbara!

Jul 22, 2011 03:48 AM
Barbara Charlton
inactive - license is on ice with State of MN - Lakeville, MN

Thanks Wanda!

Jul 22, 2011 10:18 AM