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Rainmaker
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

A referral fee cannot be paid to an unlicensed individual. In AZ, the only time that a finder's fee can be paid to an unlicensed person is a property manager paying a tenant that refers another tenant, in the form of rent credit and only a certain amount of times per year.

Dec 29, 2017 04:11 PM
Ambassador
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not legal so it does not matter how I feel about it.

Dec 29, 2017 06:05 PM
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

referral fees paid to unlicensed individuals is illegal.  So how do I feel about them?  I feel that they're illegal.

Dec 29, 2017 05:50 PM
Rainmaker
762,773
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Well, it's illegal in my state. So I feel negatively towards it. -Kasey

Dec 29, 2017 05:15 PM
Rainmaker
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

This is illegal in Oregon.

Dec 29, 2017 04:15 PM
Rainer
223,397
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

About the same as I feel about doing Utah prelicensee’s class assignments for them on AR. 

Dec 29, 2017 08:00 PM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

It's illegal in NC & SC! That's one reason I had my assistants get their licenses - that way I can now pay them referral fees! 

Dec 29, 2017 06:30 PM
Rainmaker
2,426,419
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Law dictates not feelings....

Dec 29, 2017 06:21 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

In Tennessee, referral fees for real estate can only be paid to licensed individuals.

Dec 29, 2017 06:16 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Not something you should do.

Dec 29, 2017 05:53 PM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Against the law!

Dec 29, 2017 05:45 PM
Rainmaker
1,207,607
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Check state law in your state.

Dec 29, 2017 05:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the rules in your state.

Dec 29, 2017 04:31 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Against Florida law.

Dec 29, 2017 06:50 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

It would be illegal in North Dakota.

Dec 29, 2017 06:45 PM
Rainmaker
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Doesn't matter how I feel about them... they are ILLEGAL! 

Dec 30, 2017 05:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

It doesn't matter how I feel about it...that is illegal in my state.

Dec 29, 2017 10:53 PM
Rainmaker
912,387
Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Illegal

Dec 29, 2017 06:52 PM
Rainmaker
1,026,482
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

It is illegal, no personal feeling about it. 

Dec 30, 2017 09:30 AM
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

My heart aches for anyone who finds their self obtaining credit for a class project in this manner. The instructor or institution we pay for "learning" are the ones that should be teaching us.  How we "feel" about unlicensed and illegal activity has nothing to do with the price of tea. We should know the laws and follow them. 

Dec 30, 2017 08:52 AM
Rainmaker
745,017
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Let us make a clear distinction.

IN common use, referral fee suggests the payment is made only when a closing occurs. This is called 'contengency based' referral. Most states require those paying or receiving such payments be licensed real estate professionals.

HOWEVER, the industry is saturated with marketing companies receiving payments. Some are contingent while others are 'upfront' payment for the introduction.

Let's not forget there are those who are not real estate agents who actively market to consumers with the intent to sell this contact info to agents. How much the agent pays depends on if the citizen has been contacted (vetted).

How do I feel about it?
Outraged when others do it.

 

Dec 30, 2017 05:43 AM
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Candice A. Donofrio nailed this one!

Dec 30, 2017 04:42 AM
Rainmaker
526,069
Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

Illegal.

But in Florida, that does not stop it.  

Illegal kickbacks are alive and well...

Eve

Dec 30, 2017 03:50 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

This is not acceptable!

Dec 29, 2017 09:57 PM
Rainmaker
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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Many good responses.

Dec 29, 2017 08:32 PM
Rainmaker
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Greg Large
ERA Real Solutions - Grove City, OH
A Tradition of Trust

It is against the law in my state so doesn't matter how I "feel".

Dec 30, 2017 02:31 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

in my state only one unlicensed person may do that to another unlicensed person and since I'm a broker I feel nothing about it since it can't involve me.

Dec 30, 2017 02:22 PM
Rainmaker
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

And how do we know you're not a spy trying to entrap people?  What's next, a question about setting commission rates?

 

Seriously though, check your state laws on what you can and cannot do.  Feelings are irrelevant.

Dec 30, 2017 01:11 PM
Rainmaker
4,876,217
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

unlicensed individuals must not be paid fees of any kind with reference to real estate...

Dec 30, 2017 12:28 PM
Rainmaker
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

It's illegal...and a good way to identify unethical agents.

Dec 30, 2017 08:54 AM
Rainmaker
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

It is not legal.

Dec 30, 2017 06:37 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Illegal in most, if not all, states. That covers it!

Dec 30, 2017 06:18 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

First off it is illegal to pay an unlicensed person/company a referral fro real estate. Here it is over $50. However it is being done as someone makes a web site, attract buyers or sellers and refers them nationally. 

Dec 30, 2017 06:15 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Just walk away !

Dec 30, 2017 05:45 AM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

I was going to say 'dude' but your Anonymous. It's illegal & that's it.

Dec 30, 2017 05:33 AM
Rainmaker
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
www.SIBRealty.org 305-931-6931

Yes, great answers and I won't be surprised, if it will be asked again.

Oct 05, 2018 05:02 PM
Rainmaker
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Valeria Mola
SIB REALTY - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty

A lot of great answers here. 

Agree.

Oct 05, 2018 05:01 PM
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

It is illegal to pay someone unlicensed.

Jan 01, 2018 10:41 AM
Rainer
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Anthony Kirlew
Keller Williams Legacy One Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Helping You Make Fiscally Sound Choices

As most have pointed out, it is usually illegal (I don't know every states law, but in general I beleive it's not allowed), so not recommended.

Dec 30, 2017 07:41 PM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

I can sum it up into one word - illegal. Bird dog, finder or whatever they are called are illegal if the person is not real estate licensed.

Dec 30, 2017 06:27 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Law

Dec 30, 2017 05:22 AM