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When we go to the movies to be entertained and receive a story told to us with all creativity, technology and wizardry known our expectations are high and if done right dazzle us even winning potential awards for those that create and deliver this type of experience. The movie industry encourages this as we do too


However, if we take that magic and incorrectly apply it to what we are representing, we can be subject to criminal, civil & licensing failure. There is a line not to be crossed when we take illusion, fantasy & special affects & use it to deceive, commit criminal acts and for illegal gains at someone else's expense


Magicians do slight of hand, manipulate the senses and entertain us while they do this. If it is done to distract us for the wrong reasons then it becomes a potential crime or an assault on people who being vulnerable by being agreeable were taken in by the ruse for personal under-handed secretive gains 


Pictures which are a way of capturing a moment of time by marking an event can serve many purposes. However, if those pictures are tainted, manipulated or falsified in any way they then have another purpose we commonly call fraud, misrepresentation & forgery along with other charges


If you go back in time, forgery and counterfeit of every kind was rampant. The first most abused was counterfeiting $2.00 bills followed by $5.00 bills. At first it was sloppily done but then progressed to a high degree of criminal deceit making a special division form in the FBI to counter it all. This is ongoing


Enter stamps, coins, paintings, historic documents and so much more that the courts started regulating all this requiring authentication, testing and certification which triggers a form of insuring what is  presented. We made it complicated but to protect not to confuse. It is a form of anti-crime at work


In courtrooms, copies of anything were considered inadmissible as they cannot be verified against the original. When they came out with advanced copying machines that could counterfeit money & other documents & items they then had to create other measures to verify like dating & special coded paper


Real Estate was often used to pull the wool over someones eyes (Brooklyn bridge for sale) until the advent of Title Insurance, inspections and examinations with testing. Why all this? Real Estate is so expensive plus not being a do-over activity that made a loss of any kind devastating beyond recovery


That's why the statute of limitations was introduced to further protect buyers who may discover years later they were duped via some questionable maneuver discovered after the fact. Adding to that, licensed and regulated agents were introduced along with a governing body (BRE) to mitigate this


As a further stop-gap to injury Brokers were given mandatory supervising authority over all agent activities making it easier to account but more importantly protect the consumer, principals and players in the industry. Brokers added to that with taking out Errors & Omission (E & O) insurance


These third party entities were formed and licensed by the BRE to insure that no harm comes to anyone during the diligence or fiduciary period while under a conditional contract to perform. A whole system of checks and balances came out of this including strict contract law to govern it from start to finish


If we are upfront and representing that what is taking place is as presented then it is so. The language "that this is based on a true story" or the disclosure that what you are about to see or read is not based on anyone but instead fictitious so as to make a point or tell a story. This is called a disclaimer


So convincing are edited items of any nature that often we are amazed even for the right reasons of being fooled. Pies, cakes, cookies, meals as well as utensils, cars and clothing all are being marketed so convincingly that when we see them in person there is no dazzle but instead the bare-bones. 


Travel brochures were notorious for doing this as well as pictures of food in a menu. They only capture perfection or the "snapshot" leaving out reality and other dynamics. The consumer has to be protected in almost every type of transaction or consumed item imaginable even with warnings too (labellings)


Disneyland does it pretty well. Clowns make you believe that silliness is fun and Betty Crocker and Sara Lee has made it possible for you to not only be a cook but a chef if you follow the directions of course. Rides stimulate and comedy shows make fun of but we have to know this all upfront and going in


Truth in advertising addresses quite a bit by introducing in advance what to expect. But ask yourself this. What is trying to be accomplished? Fun, gain, harm, advantage or being so creative that we come to the fine line (the blur) & submit that? Enter the controlling moral Universal force over it all everywhere that is non-negotiable & fair and will not be mocked


Comments (17)

Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Richie Alan Naggar 

Thank you for sharing your information 

Have a great day. 

Jan 20, 2018 08:06 AM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

What an excellent Blog - so many points covered in an easy-to-read style Richie Alan Naggar.  And so very true, as every industry edits to the top of the line, though hopefully to catch one's eye, and not to deceive.  Though there are always those that fluff.   

Jan 20, 2018 08:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And those who do what you advise succeed, and it is not hard to follow the rules And then you also get peace of mind because you did that.  A

Jan 20, 2018 02:28 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Hello Ron and Alexandra Seigel ...The Seigel way prevails

Jan 20, 2018 03:50 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Richie, great post with good information/advice. 

Jan 20, 2018 08:11 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Hello Allie Angeloni ...your commenting stands & thank you

Hello Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM ...you support is valued

Hi there Rebecca Gaujot ...good of you to stop-in. Thank you R.G.

Jan 21, 2018 06:52 AM
Allie Angeloni

You're welcome - great advice!

Jan 21, 2018 07:16 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Richie--Always thinking about looking out for us little folk!

Jan 22, 2018 06:32 PM
Anthony Vosilla
Tony's Appraisal Services - Centereach, NY

Good commentary about past practices.

Jan 22, 2018 07:28 PM
Richie Alan Naggar

May it serve you well Anthony

Jan 22, 2018 08:06 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA ...it remains a matter of the heart my dear...


Jan 22, 2018 08:06 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

You certainly covered all the bases! Home run Richie!

Jan 23, 2018 05:14 AM
Tim Maitski
Atlanta Communities Real Estate Brokerage - Atlanta, GA
Truth, Excellence and a Good Deal

I want to make certain I understand what this is about?  Is this about agents editing home photos?

Jan 23, 2018 06:00 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Any thing we do that is designed to deceive another is not acceptable.

The consumer chooses an agent based upon TRUST.

We should never violate that trust.

Thanks for sharing.

Jan 23, 2018 07:00 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Sharon Tara ...plays a good game too

Yes Tim Maitski ...that is covered as well

Hello John Wiley ...your decent simple comment stands

Jan 23, 2018 07:38 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We have to market above and beyond - including photos. However, they need to be an accurate representation or they actually set up unrealistic expectations. And we know what happens when expectations are not realized.  

As the Three Little Pigs know all too well, huffing and puffing will blow those real estate housing deals down. 

Jan 23, 2018 08:49 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Hello Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD ...your excellent commenting stands and thank you Debb & Bernie

Jan 23, 2018 10:25 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I believe the real deception is the way we can fall into the idea that what we see around us is the real world, this little ball of dirt, hung out there in space and yet if you believe as I do, this life is but a blink and almost a virtual world where we are tested for the real life later.  :)

Mar 10, 2018 03:10 PM
Allie Angeloni

So true An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett!  Love the way you worded your reply.  Now 'that' is a test that I want to pass. 

Mar 10, 2018 09:53 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Hello An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett ...very well said. It stands tall Judi

Mar 10, 2018 06:15 PM

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