Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate)

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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
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OH Shiitake wow, glad you read it Fred.

If that was Docusign you'd be sans kitty.

Mar 16, 2018 05:05 PM
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Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
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8 lives left.

Mar 16, 2018 05:01 PM
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Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Mar 16, 2018 06:18 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

O M G - I think I would have burst into tears right then and there - holy guacamole, Fred! That's one heck of an error! 

And, yes, I read things - I'm a 'fast' (not speed!) reader but, for me, it's peace of mind to read and question things - always.

Mar 16, 2018 07:34 PM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Fred, I suggest cancelling that resereservation for your cat with United Airlines.

Mar 16, 2018 06:27 PM
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
For Solutions: (714) 501-7660

Fred,  bullet dodged.

is there a story behind the name Happy Cat?   If there wasn't before, there is now:  HC should be VERY happy her dad reads "standard forms."

Mar 16, 2018 05:10 PM
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Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
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HOLY FK!
EVERYTHING goes out first as a draft. Reviewed and explained. Then it is tabbed for signature. The only exception is repeat clients who have done the same paperwork over time.

Mar 16, 2018 06:07 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

It's kind of scary, actually, what people sign without reading.

Mar 16, 2018 05:59 PM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
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I do Fred Griffin 

Mar 16, 2018 10:40 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Most just sign, some spend some time and dissect everything.

 

Mar 16, 2018 07:48 PM
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PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent)
PropertyMinder, Inc. - San Jose, CA
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Glad to hear your cat was spared before it was too late, Fred Griffin! A clear case-in-point about how it's always imperative to pay attention to detail. Whew! - Tim

Mar 16, 2018 06:04 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Yes, I read but I have to tell my clients to please read before they sign.

Mar 16, 2018 05:17 PM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I do read through stuff. I cover the highlights with my clients when they sign things. Some clients just want to sign without any discussion although I always insist that we do review the key provisions. Other clients read every word before they sign.

As for your veterinary experience... you would have heard me shouting from Charotte to Florida if that happened to me.

Mar 17, 2018 05:02 AM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Your cat has officially used 1/9 lives! Glad you are an attentive owner & caught that. 

Mar 17, 2018 04:34 AM
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Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

I do and it annoys the heck out of people. Good thing you were on top of it and read that form!

A couple years ago we bought a new car for my husband and we were sitting in the "business manager's" office to sign papers. He handed it to my husband to sign without proofing it and my husband started to sign without reading it.

I grabbed those papers and started reading...they had us buying a Nissan Armada instead of the Murano Platinum and the price was wrong!

A few years ago my sellers received an offer and came to my office to sign. They were so excited they started initialing as the buyer. Luckily I had a clean copy of the contract so they could start over and sign as the sellers.  

Mar 16, 2018 10:34 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Depends on what it is.

Our contract is 10 pages before you get the and many pages of disclosures. HOA packages run easily over 100 pages. Do our clients read them? They sign saying they do.

Mar 16, 2018 08:15 PM
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Dr. Karen Lewis, Broker 305-3231556
K1 Realty Group - Pembroke Pines, FL
Residential for Sellers and Buyers in S. Broward

I read..I had an attorney that came to me this week and wanted me to sign some papers and he seemed a little frustrated because I wanted to read line by line...

Mar 16, 2018 07:10 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Fred,

OMG!  Yes, we do look at forms before we sign...glad it is not your cat!  A

Mar 16, 2018 05:21 PM
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Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

OMG!  And 'whoa!'  Happy Cat is still meant to be with you Fred Griffin  . . .  Yes, I do skim long multiple page forms by paragraph.  If it's just a 1 or 2 pager, I skim it line by line.  Regarding 'any' forms our clients sign, we go over them in more detail, explaining what each paragraph in each section is about.  Then we also give them time to reread or go back over, as they are asking questions, if any, while we are explaining.  We strong feel they need to understand the forms, even if it at first appears like a daunting task.  Some items are mentioned each time we get together, i.e., Wire Fraud, etc.   

Mar 17, 2018 08:22 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Fred Griffin sometimes I work with clients who read each and every word!

Rest trust me and the system... lol!

Mar 16, 2018 07:48 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
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Most of my clients read the whole thing...

Mar 16, 2018 07:11 PM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Fred Griffin WOW! This is why I go over every paragraph in an off with the buyer so they understand what they are signing.

Mar 17, 2018 06:20 AM
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Mike & Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

I read everything...even read the tags they put on clothes at the cleaners...the one that says they are not responsible.

Eve

Mar 17, 2018 06:16 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I scan a "standard form" for additions and deletions that make it anything but standard.

Mar 17, 2018 05:02 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Mar 16, 2018 06:27 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

To many people just sign with out reading.

 

Mar 23, 2018 02:30 PM
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Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Important to know what you are signing makes it all the more clear that the complicated and mountainous forms that are signed in real estate... can anyone really know everything they are signing.

When you sign medical consent forms you have to say you understand what you are signing. I doubt unless the signer is both an MD and a Lawyer they probably don't completely understand

Mar 21, 2018 11:41 AM
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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

OH MY, that could have been a disaster!    

Mar 19, 2018 02:38 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Oh no! 

glad you read it. 

As for clients, I always strongly suggest them to read and ask question, I explain basics and in details if necessary. 

Mar 19, 2018 02:12 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Oops.

Mar 18, 2018 08:23 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I para phrase but will read word for word if need be

Mar 17, 2018 08:24 PM
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Dave Halpern
Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Yikes!

Mar 17, 2018 06:24 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
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I read everything before I sign it. Sometimes I have to force our clients to read before they sign... -Kasey

Mar 17, 2018 05:30 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Scary.

Mar 17, 2018 11:25 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Yes.  It is important to know what you are signing.

When it comes to my clients, I make sure to explain even boiler plate documents to them before the sign.  Never will catch me saying, "Sign here," as a stand alone statement.  

Mar 17, 2018 11:22 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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we explain to them what they are signing and it's all subject to a fully executed p/s....every client we have has an attorney.... if the offer is written during business hours, the attorney will see it ...otherwise that statement is included....

Mar 17, 2018 09:04 AM
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Yes, I do review everything before I sign. AND I get a copy of everything I sign before I leave the building.  A recent visit to a doctor for an annual lady exam, the medical report had me listed as a male.  Good Grief.  

Glad to hear your kitty is home and doing well. 

Mar 17, 2018 09:01 AM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
www.HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yikes!  Like when the doctor operated on the WRONG knee.  I typically read the highlights but not all the boiler plate.  I've only once had a client read the contract (he was a lawyer).  It's not like they can change anything in the state's contract, but they still read it.

 

Glad the kitty is doing well.

Mar 17, 2018 08:42 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Good thing you were paying attention Fred. I always provide a summary of what they are signing. And often send a draft beforehand.

Mar 17, 2018 06:54 AM
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Alan May
Coldwell Banker Residential - Evanston, IL
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What?!  We're supposed to READ this stuff?

Mar 17, 2018 06:25 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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The majority just sign because they trust ME.....

Mar 17, 2018 05:54 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Wow!  Next time that kitty-cat gives you the whisker rub, you can smile and know Happy Cat will never know.

What I know with certainty. Those who read turn a listing appointment into all all day affair.  How does an agent appear attentive and intelligent while the client rereads 3 pages of boiler plate followed by those pages with the "Fill in the Blank" options.

I do not read line by line the State of Florida standard forms. I DO READ those proprietary forms used by Coldwell Banker and other companies.

There IS a reason they don't use the standard.

Mar 17, 2018 05:53 AM
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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

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 nailed this one!

Mar 17, 2018 05:39 AM
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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

Some do, some don't.

Mar 17, 2018 05:38 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I do read everything I have to sign in person, but I do not read the "terms of use" things that come along with new apps/and the like.

Wow, about your cat. I'm so happy you read the document. Geez.

Mar 17, 2018 04:58 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I read, however i have to say most do not read, they skim

Mar 17, 2018 04:57 AM