Few People Want to Report a Real Estate Agent

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

Do you point out potential violations to other agents or do you just report them? That's a dilemma faced by many. I reason people don't like confrontation. It makes them uncomfortable and, for some reason, they often do not want to take the time to reach out to another agent and say, did you know you're not supposed to do that? Sometimes, it is good to give others a reminder. People are not always thinking about their actions or the consequences thereof.

In fact, people often do not think at all. That is the main problem. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: When You Have to Report a Real Estate Agent.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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This issue can sometimes be a difficult one.  On one hand if there is an agent making flagrant errors in judgement, that needs to be remedied!  To ignore it reflects on us all.  But, on the other hand, I do remember one particular agent who was more of a busy body than a good agent.  She seemed to make it her life's work to exaggerate perceived "infractions," and report them. 

It's one thing to market better, or be more skilled and knowledgeable than another; but it's quite another to simply want to go around bumping off your competition.

Oct 28, 2018 11:30 AM #1
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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I did report one particular agent who continually viewed and toured listings that were under contract. Once can be a mistake and I did call and listened to her hum or haw with some excuse. When she did it again, I called the RMLS. Not sure if they did anything but issue a warning...if that. 

Oct 28, 2018 11:38 AM #2
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Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
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you make some excellent points here - glad that you took the time to write this post 

Oct 28, 2018 01:19 PM #3
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Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida
Joyce Marsh Real Estate - Daytona Beach, FL
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I agree with the others comments, you have made some excellent points.  Many times I have been faced with the same dilemma and it really comes down to deciding what to do on a case by case basis.  But bottom line is acting with the utmost integrity and expecting others in our profession to do the same.

Oct 28, 2018 01:54 PM #4
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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Having sat on our Ethics and Grievance Committee for three years, I totally get how cumbersome reporting an agent can be. But that being said, having adjudicated many a complaint, I also know how important it is to report when behavior is truly egregious. If we don't, we give permission for that behavior to continue.

Oct 28, 2018 03:21 PM #5
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Kathy Streib
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Elizabeth- I do believe it should be on a case by case basis but if it's blatant and the agent continues to ignore what's right then report it. Not doing so is like us when we complain about doctors or law enforcement protecting their own. 

Oct 28, 2018 05:38 PM #6
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Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, the agent advertising bad neighborhoods should be turned in.   Would the real estate commission ever see this?

Oct 29, 2018 10:38 AM #7
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Myrl Jeffcoat Unfortunately we seem to have a lot of agents like that in our MLS for I find it difficult to believe it is the same agent over and over who sends emails to MetroList to complain, and that agent(s) is always, without fail, completely wrong.

So tacky.

Oct 29, 2018 12:48 PM #8
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD That is a problem in our MLS, too. Sometimes agents don't check MLS. They spot a lockbox and think to themselves that is completely OK to access and walk in the house. Such idiots.

Oct 29, 2018 12:49 PM #9
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Joyce Marsh, Daytona Beach Florida Expecting other agents to work from a place of integrity simply sets you up for a boatload of disappointment. The only person you can control is yourself.

Oct 29, 2018 12:51 PM #10
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Nina Hollander Oh, but there are so many other good places to report agents than the Board.

Oct 29, 2018 12:52 PM #11
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Kathy Streib I run into this crap all of the time, though. It's not isolated circumstances. Some are more serious than others, but agents pretty much do whatever they want and there is not as much oversight as you might be led to believe.

Oct 29, 2018 12:54 PM #12
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Joan Cox The guy with the racist nicknames for neighborhoods was reported. That was waaaayyyy over the line. As compared to, say, an agent who outright lies to another agent. Although unethical, not a crime. And that happens pretty much daily.

Oct 29, 2018 12:56 PM #13
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Oh, I totally agree, Elizabeth. Our not reporting only perpetuates the problem...not just from the guilty agent but, others see that no measures are taken and feel free to do and say what they please.

Oct 29, 2018 04:52 PM #14
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I tend to call them out and if there is no correction or remorse reporting is necessary. I teach ethics and it is hard to let things slide.

Oct 29, 2018 06:59 PM #15
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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I'm mullling over reporting an agent that represented her husband in a fraudulent situation.  The difficulty I am having is proving it.  Proof is vital.  And my spidy senses tell me she lied to me about a lot of things, but proving she lied is another.  My seller got fed up with the buyer not depositing the EMD and voided.  We'll never know if the buyer could have consumated the deal.

Oct 30, 2018 07:54 AM #16
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Debe Maxwell, CRS This might sound heartless but with the huge turnover in real estate, often those types get weeded out by natural selection. So they are gone before their license comes up for renewal. And if they aren't, everybody knows who they are. Agents talk.

Oct 30, 2018 10:39 AM #17
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Debbie Reynolds Those of us who feel ethics is of paramount importance are often misunderstood by perpetrators of unethical behavior. When we tell them things like stop interfering in my fiduciary relationships, it's against the COE, they look at you like you landed here from Mars.

Oct 30, 2018 10:42 AM #18
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