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Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce  (EXP Realty 414-525-0563)

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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

One of our past Designated Brokers didn't appreciate us leaving to go to Keller Williams, so the day after they presented the final invoice to us for payment within 30 days, they had the temerity to file a lawsuit for the invoice!!  The invoice was paid within 3 days (as it would have been without the lawsuit) and 27 websites that were out of compliance (associated with his brokerage) were reported.  All were instructed by the Commissioner to become compliant.  I made sure the agents impacted were aware of what had prompted this action.  The individual they held responsible was the broker - not me. 

Nov 20, 2015 11:53 PM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I've reported several, one in particular for threatening behaviour and attempting to intimidate (FAIL)  This guy's file is about 3' high at this stage and nothing ever gets done.   Another openly admits that his fines are far less than his new business derived from his marketing he gets fined on!  

Nov 20, 2015 11:52 PM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

Our indudstry will definitely be as "good" or as "bad" as we the members allow it to be. I have not reported anyone to our local board. I have contacted agents directly and/or their designated brokers (their boss) if the direct approach appears to be failing miserably or otherwise ineffective. My goal isn't to punish. I'm not interested in fines per se. The goal is improved behavior. I do want to work in an ethical environment. And I do want to do what I can to improve the industry. And I do think it's totally OK to report, I just don't usually take that route. The only wrong thing to do is nothing, sit back allow the unethical or incorrect activity/behavior continue.

Nov 20, 2015 10:47 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I have not, but I know of others who have and after hearing about the results, I wouldn't waste my time.... a slap on the wrist.... so home and stand in the corner for 20 minutes....and then back to business as usual...

Nov 20, 2015 10:07 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

In Oklahoma City we now have a button we can click on in an MLS listing to report violations. I am following one now that did not disclose foundation issues which is a requirement by law and we busted the contract. If the disclosure is not changed which I suspect this agent won't do I will report it.

Nov 20, 2015 09:34 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

No, but heard a few when I sat on the Standards Committee at the board.

Nov 21, 2015 08:46 AM
Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Yes, I reported a local agent for conspiring with my seller and purchasing a listing (that I had a valid listing on and in MLS) - I asked that they discipline her and make her pay my commission, she brought an attorney to the hearing that intimidated the board members that heard the case. 

They found her guilty and reported her to the Florida Real Estate Commission and placed a letter in her file as punishment.  So she has a record of dishonest dealing. They would not force her to pay my commission nor would the fine her. They advised me to sue her in court. My attorney said it was not worth pursing neither her nor the seller. 

She is still practicing real estate today. 

I believe the board is only as effective as the people in charge and this group was afraid of possible backlash later on. 

Nov 21, 2015 07:06 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

As Joe Pryor commented, our MLS has a button that can be selected to report violations but beyond issues that haven't been resolved with a phone call I haven't reported an agent for an ethics violation to our local board.  

Nov 21, 2015 01:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

No. I do not recall reporting an agent for an ethics infraction. I leave those reports for others.

Nov 21, 2015 12:35 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

On a regular basis. Most has to do with no photos. Our board charges $200 per fine so that is the board source for revenue.

I reported 1 to MLS because my photos were used on someone else listing in the same complex. I turned her in because she was passing out her  biz cards with me being present at my open house. I am the owner. She, as the broker , probably has been that way for 25 years....

Nov 20, 2015 11:22 PM
Michael Scruggs
UTR Texas-Realtors - Houston, TX

No.  I haven't had to report an agent at this time in my business.

Nov 20, 2015 10:36 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

No, I have not.

Nov 20, 2015 10:30 PM
Captain Wayne - Rowlett Real Estate School
Rowlett Real Estate School - Panama City, FL
Rowlett Real Estate School / Owner and Instructor

No, I have never reported anyone.

Nov 20, 2015 10:29 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I have.  They contacted the agent and the problem was resolved.

Nov 20, 2015 10:18 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Yes I did.

Two women wearing their REALTOR badge walked past my sign in the front yard to solicit the owner to let them sell the house! The owner kept their cards for my benefit.

Well I had to throw them under the bus.  To my surprise...Such an egregious violation resulted in no action from the local MLS.

Justification accepted by the MLS was. "The agents reported RedX put the home on the list they were working and that is why the agents knocked on the door to solicit."

Would more reporting change things? What do you think?

More reporting will only give the MLS and NAR reason to claim they are relevant, no benefits exists for the real estate agent...except for those with idle time who like making 17 copies for every member of the mls board.

More reporting means more evidience of need which will always result in higher fees with no benefit.

Nov 20, 2015 09:42 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

No I have not reported anyone.

Nov 20, 2015 09:42 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I never have reported anyone. I think it probably would benefit the industry- I would vote first for more rigorous entry standards. 

Nov 20, 2015 09:35 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Sally. I have not, like to handle issues I have directly with the person.

Nov 21, 2015 06:08 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

I have not.  Thought about reporting an agent once, didn't know if the compliant would make a difference.  

Nov 21, 2015 01:03 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Sally K. & David L. Hanson at times I do feel like doing it - however, just stop short of reporting. Some agents believe  that they are above code of ethics.

Next time when I deal with them, I work with them with lot of caution.

Nov 21, 2015 11:40 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It's interesting.  I haven't really run into any bad actors who were actually violating the NAR code.  

Nov 21, 2015 11:29 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Yes they were severely reprimanded. 

Nov 21, 2015 10:44 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Thankfully I have never had to do this. 

Nov 21, 2015 10:36 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sally K. & David L. Hanson I haven not reportrd anyone for an ethics violation. I do think we should police our own industry.

Nov 21, 2015 10:31 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

No I haven't but I have talked to them about what I thought was unethical behavior and asked them to stop. Next time I will report.

Nov 21, 2015 10:26 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

No, but I have certainly thought about it

Nov 21, 2015 08:51 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not ethics, only MLS violations that can be reported right off the listing and they were not serious. I think there should be more oversight, but even if other agents report and there are no consequences, it will not improve the industry or its image.

Nov 21, 2015 07:20 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

No, but I have gone to the Broker and let them know about it and let them know that I would report to the board if the Broker didn't do something about it.

Nov 21, 2015 06:53 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I have not.  Generally you get a strongly worded letter and maybe a small fine for your first offense here (unless it is a major offense)

Nov 21, 2015 06:30 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I have not. Though my broker has. Most were fined or made to give up all or part of their commissions.

Nov 21, 2015 06:04 AM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

I leave that to the broker and yes I have reported a few to him.

Nov 21, 2015 04:43 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We must have been blessed in our 20 year stint in commercial real state.  We had no need to do that. We worked with consumate professionals, day in and day out.  A

Nov 21, 2015 03:22 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

 Sally & David,

I’ve never reported anyone. Usually people report other people out of ego clashes rather than a real ethics infraction. I’m not in favor of more reporting to boards. Brokers should work it out.

Nov 21, 2015 01:18 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Fortunately I have not had to do that, although I came close with one agent who no longer lives in this area.

Nov 21, 2015 01:16 AM
Michael Thacker - Re/Max Real Estate Center - Louisville
Re/Max Real Estate Center - The Thacker Group - Louisville, KY
Your best friend who just happens to be a Realtor

No, I never have.

Nov 21, 2015 12:58 AM
Brenda J. Andrew
Professional Realtor in Conroe/Willis, TX

I never have, but have come close several times.

Nov 21, 2015 12:14 AM