Unfair Housing and the Part Left Out of Nursery Rhymes

Blog Contributor Classes & Education, Code of Ethics, Ethics & Policy, Fair Housing 1 Comment

By Lee Davenport

A recent report by the National Fair Housing Alliance shows there were more than 28,000 fair housing complaints filed just last year. I repeat, there were TENS of THOUSANDS of fair housing complaints in the last year alone!

Those numbers indicate that despite fair housing being the law of the land, we have a long way to …

A Tool for Handling Multiple Offers in a Hot Seller’s Market

Blog Contributor Code of Ethics, Ethics & Policy, Fair Housing 2 Comments

By Lee Davenport

According to a recent REALTOR® Magazine article, “buyer and seller agents need to handle multiple-offer situations carefully to avoid accusations of negligence or preferential treatment that violates federal, state, or local fair housing laws or ordinances.”

Un-fair housing doesn’t just hurt home buyers and sellers, it hurts all of us.⁣⁣ If you as a real estate professional …

Case Study: How Real Estate Pros Help Buyers and Sellers Avoid Costly Mistakes

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Buyers, Code of Ethics, Ethics & Policy, Fraud, Negligence, & Liability, Hazard & Disclosures, Sellers 13 Comments

By Neil Goradia

“OMG! My agent just made $7,000 and all they did was list my property!”

Does this sound familiar?

How often have you felt the need to defend your commission as a real estate agent?

This article is not to beat up on for sale by owners. In fact, there are plenty of times that it works great.

Take the Implicit Bias Test

Blog Contributor Code of Ethics, Fair Housing 1 Comment

The National Association of REALTORS® has partnered with the Perception Institute to create a new 50-minute video called “Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing,” which aims to help real estate professionals address unconscious prejudices and stereotypes in their daily business interactions. “Fair housing, equality, and inclusion are among NAR’s most cherished values,” says NAR President Vince Malta. “REALTORS® follow …

QUIZ: Will Your Social Media Ads Land You in a Hot Mess?

Blog Contributor Being a REALTOR®, Code of Ethics, Fair Housing, Legal 4 Comments

*The quiz closed on Aug. 29, 2019. Thank you to the 1,830 people who participated! By Lee Davenport Are you still stuck in the vortex of what I call the “wild, wild west” of social media? That’s a dangerous place for your business to stay. The “wild, wild west” of social media was a time when anything and everything seems …

Pocket Listings: An Ethical Conundrum

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, ethics 2 Comments

By Dale Swanton

You’ve no doubt heard the term “exclusive” or “pocket listing,” referring to a listing that is not promoted on the MLS but is marketed to the listing agent’s brokerage only or to a select group of “in-the-know” agents. Although not illegal or even unethical in and of itself, the practice is rather controversial as it often puts …

Working With Hispanic Clients

Blog Contributor [Demographic-based grouping], Code of Ethics, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing, Working with Clients 10 Comments

By Erika Villegas

Are you leaving money on the table by not working with Hispanic clients?

I am still surprised to hear an answer of “no” when I ask agents from different parts of the country whether they work with Hispanic customers. I help buyers and sellers from all walks of life and with many different backgrounds and ethnic groups, …

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How to Avoid Legal Issues in Real Estate

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, Customer Service, ethics, Legal 4 Comments

By Sammer Mudawar First, I would like to start by making it clear: I am not an attorney and nothing herein (legal word) should be construed as legal advice. This is a simple narrative on how common sense and sound business practices can help avoid some very common situations that can lead to legal problems in our profession. These opinions …

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Dealing With Unrealistic Sellers

Blog Contributor Code of Ethics, Mark-to-Market, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing, Sellers 7 Comments

By Scott Newman The market is recovering—in some areas it’s even a seller’s market—and that means sellers can once again be a little more demanding…and a little more unrealistic. So your client is turning into a “sellerzilla.” What do you do when your relationship with the client is on the line, but you need to get your point across?  Read …

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Thank You

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, Personal Fulfillment 2 Comments

By Anand Patel “Why do you do this for free?” “What do you get out of it?” “When do you have time to make money?” “Why do you waste your time with that?” “What’s the point?” If you volunteer some of your time and talents to National Association of REALTORS® (or any other organization) at the local, state, or national …