What's the Right Thing to Do When Another Agent Hijacks Your Listing?

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What's the Right Thing to Do When Another Agent Hijacks Your Listing?

by Michelle Carr Crowe

This tends to happen mostly on Craigslist but tonight, once again, I found a discount agent had "hijacked" my listing and used the description straight from my comments on the Multiple Listing Service.

Seriously, he could have just asked me first.

When this happens, I usually just flag them and send an email stating, "Stop and desist advertising my listing without permission."

What about you? Do you turn them in to Santa Clara County Association of REALTORS(r)? Silicon Valley Association of REALTORS(r)? Is there a way to turn them in on an ethics violation?

In this case, he's his own broker, so there's no other authority/broker to advise him to stop.

Any and all advice is welcome.


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Monique Keith
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I know some Realtors at my office do this. I don't think it is harming your listing to give it more exposure. They would still need to contact you to submit an offer. You might not like the other Realtor, but it could be good exposure and benefit your client. Just my two cents :)

Nov 03, 2012 05:37 AM #1
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Michelle, I had a couple of my listings hijacked by scammers. That other agents are doing this is news to me and I find that highly unethical. Yes, I would flag the listing and report him. Hijacking a listing is not done to help you sell your listing nor to help the seller but only the agent who is doing it. It's just wrong.

Nov 03, 2012 05:44 AM #2
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Our system has a "report a violation" button.  The MLS staff is very good.

Of course, if you have given permission for your listing to be included in the IDX system, he's not doing anything wrong if it's the IDX listing on his site. 

If he's just stealing content, report hime.


Nov 03, 2012 05:50 AM #3
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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I've stopped using CL for a while to see if they can get the scammers under control.  We're just seeing way too many problems with people being taken for a ride recently. 

Nov 03, 2012 07:18 AM #4
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Monique-At KW, other in-house agents can advertise my listings and that's OK because I feel I know their ethics. This is someone I don't know and it isn't through IDX, it's simply copying and pasting my MLS comments and setting up as CL ad, giving the impression to buyers that he is the listing agent.

Andrea-I agree, it's a disservice to my clients because he's not trying to sell this home but merely is using my home as "bait" to woo my sellers' potential buyers to different properties.

Lenn, if he was doing it on the MLS, we have that "report a violation button" and I would use it.

John-I know it's always a risk with CL, I just hadn't seen this one for a while.

Nov 03, 2012 02:56 PM #5
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Michelle, Maybe he will bring a $950,000 buyer to you soon. That would be nice.


Nov 03, 2012 03:35 PM #6
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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Margaret that is a nice positive thought. As I've never seen him work in this neighborhood, I strongly doubt it.

Nov 03, 2012 05:39 PM #7
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