Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired )

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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Since the agent is not a member of the Realtor organization they have no authority. However the legal counsel in Chicago should know and do what they have to do to enforce the brand registration violation. The real estate commission should also be notified about the false advertising and misrepresentation.

Feb 26, 2017 01:16 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Barbara well it's been my experience that rarely are folks 'called on the carpet' about these kind of issues. It is interesting that he has been doing that for years and couldn't give a hoot.

Feb 26, 2017 01:57 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

R symbol is no big deal but you do have to be a Realtor obviously. Not much that you can do honestly except contact the board.

I don't NAR in Chicago will do bupkiss.

Feb 26, 2017 01:53 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

A cease and desist order would likely be the first and only step NAR does.  The board will likely only do a slap on the wrist, if anything.  I've known people who've done a LOT worse than that and went to the disciplinary hearing at the board and ended up with the board apologizing to him for wasting HIS TIME!!


Personally, I wouldn't waste my time with reporting it.  Just like the websites out there with the term "realtor" in the URL.  They've been around for many years, no one does a darn thing about it. 

Feb 26, 2017 01:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

A foolish practice by this agent, but I try to follow a few rules that would prevent me from doing anything about it.

1. Do on to other as... (the golden rule)

2. Keep my eyes on my own paper (the Susan Emo rule)

Feb 26, 2017 06:27 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Most people won't care or even notice those desiginations on cards or websites. I wouldn't take any action. The agents broker is the one that should be monitoring false advertising by their agents.

Feb 26, 2017 03:47 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Barbara,  I do tend to lean on the side of being a "right fighter."  I have learned over the years that I waste my time filing complaints. In the end, I have learned that for the most part, no one gives a crap.  It's a shame that more is not done to violators when so many do play by the rules and pay the dues. 

Feb 26, 2017 03:12 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Well, that is a good question.  Somehow as a society, we seem to be satisfied with a slap on the wrist for our actions.  This is not unique to real estate, by the way.  A

Feb 26, 2017 12:35 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That would probably be something where the board where he was doing this would do a cease and desist order. The real estate commission could be involved if the person's license had been placed but again I think the board attorney should act on this.

Feb 26, 2017 12:13 PM
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Barbara, I'm sure you've given plenty of thought to what this guy's actions do to weaken the public trust in all of us. Even if most consumers don't do their homework, sooner or later what you've found out will be discovered by a consumer. 

If we aren't willing to police our own profession, what will our state regulatory people will do? I'm not talking about NAR or Realtor boards here.  For those in the real estate community who seem to despise regulation, do you really want your State officials to step in and impose their own way of dealing with agents who mislead the public?

Feb 27, 2017 01:27 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

There are many people who do that and it's something that we all need to report.  For example, those of us with our CRS don't appreciate others who don't even have the sales to acquire their CRS designation but, claim publicly that they have it.  We worked hard for our designations and pay annual dues and it's a slap in the face when agents get away with this.  

Feb 26, 2017 09:35 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Well, as far as as I know, it is an intentional misrepresentation. Someone will report this person sooner or later, and they should. 

Feb 26, 2017 09:00 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Barbara Todaro Must be reported to NAR.

Feb 26, 2017 04:36 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Allow for the punishment that is already upon them i.e. poverty of spirit

Feb 26, 2017 02:56 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Call the agent.

Feb 26, 2017 02:38 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I would file a complaint not only with the local Board but also the National Organization. Will they take action? Hopefully. Will there be any repercussions? Hopefully!

Feb 26, 2017 02:18 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

This is huge to me as a dues paying Realtor and should be huge to the industry. We subscribe to a Code of Ethics as Realtors requiring honesty in how we conduct our business. This guy is acting as a fraud and should be reported.

Feb 26, 2017 02:09 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I'd certainly report it to my association's Grievance and Ethics committee. That is true misrepresentation.

Feb 26, 2017 02:04 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

He won't care....and any answer he would give would be a lie.... 

Feb 26, 2017 01:27 PM
Diana White-Pettis
Bennett Realty Solutions - Upper Marlboro, MD
GRI, CDPE, CNE, WHC Upper Marlboro Homes for Sale

The Real Estate Commision and/or Board needs to be involved so they can follow up with the agent.  I do think it's unfortunate that the agent feels the need to be deceptive.

Feb 26, 2017 01:01 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Tha would be a big YES.

Feb 26, 2017 12:11 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I'm not at all surprised - I know some who use designations that have never taken the courses LOL

Feb 27, 2017 07:08 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I don't know.

Feb 27, 2017 06:21 AM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As The Maestro Kenneth J. Jones wrote!

Feb 27, 2017 06:12 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

If I had proof, I would report them.

Feb 27, 2017 06:09 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

goes back to integrity

Feb 27, 2017 05:19 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Hi Barbara. Sounds like fraud to me

Feb 27, 2017 04:29 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

It seems that there are many that do mot read any of the rules and regulations and feel it does not apply to them.

If they need to steal from Peter to pay Paul so be it.

Feb 27, 2017 04:22 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Not aware of ongoing annual dues for e-Pro

Feb 27, 2017 04:13 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

Is it worth your time and effort?  It's sad but take the high road.

Feb 27, 2017 03:01 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Barbara Todaro - not ethical. I may complain after asking this person to remove these symbols.

Feb 26, 2017 10:55 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Realtor can be reported, epro is a private company, not sure what they'd do if they're even still in business, I know they were close to BK when they didn't diversify in 2012.

Feb 26, 2017 10:04 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I cold report to the proper authorities

Feb 26, 2017 08:45 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

     I would move on.  

Feb 26, 2017 08:22 PM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

I am assuming he is an agent.  My association boots you out if you don't pay up and you don't have access to listings to sell.  If you are one month late there is a one hundred dollar fine then they turn off your use.

Not playing by the rules is not nice. I  will be watching for the outcome.


Feb 26, 2017 07:43 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

This is the type of thing that would be huge to a disgruntled client. This would give the client plenty of ammunition in a law suit.  Outside of that, I do believe we should be self-policing, otherwise what is the value of being a REALTOR?

Feb 26, 2017 06:58 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm definitely against this and agree with Debbie Reynolds 

Feb 26, 2017 05:14 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The real question would be whether NAR would aggressively pursue a trademark infringement against the individual. Not sure how well it could defend the position since REALTOR in the public eye appears to define anyone who holds a real estate license. The complaint should be made however the local board must know by now that the action is wrong and have not issued a cease & desist to end its use.

Feb 26, 2017 04:51 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I think the powers that be at Realtor would have something to say about it. I am not sure about state laws, but it could be breking a couple. 

Feb 26, 2017 04:29 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Barbara Todaro I believe all you can do is turn him into your local Association. It wold be their decision to take legal action. This would fall under a trademark violation. It would be up to them to send a cease and desist letter. 

Feb 26, 2017 04:25 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I would imagine unauthorized use of the realtor R would be a big no-no if you reported it to the NAR.

Feb 26, 2017 04:13 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I would not take any action other than mentioning this to the local board.

Feb 26, 2017 03:52 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

A mere slap on the wrist for that kind of character would do nothing.

Feb 26, 2017 03:35 PM
Toronto, ON

The owner and/or licensor of the trademarks and/or registered trademarks can choose to take appropriate action in accordance with the laws and regulations of the relevant jurisdiction(s).

Feb 26, 2017 03:16 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Seems like a slap on the wrist and a fine is the most common action taken. Maybe the agent should pay all past dues for the years he/she falsely advertised and be required to pay for and take the e-pro class?   I'm not sure...seems like a odd thing to do, but then again people aren't always ethical or truthful...-Kasey

Feb 26, 2017 12:52 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Turn tghem in and hope they have to pay big time.

Feb 27, 2017 06:02 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I would report it. It is false and misleading to the public.

Feb 27, 2017 03:31 PM
Sean Casey
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Newark, DE
Greenville, Hockessin, Newark & Bear Homes

I think if I knew, then I would report it.  I would have to be sure about it. 

Feb 27, 2017 01:43 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You are suggesting this agent has no access to the MLS.

How is this  staying in business?

Using anothers MLS membership or did they find a way?

I would not go running to mommy but would watch and see.

Be aware, if you go 'scorched earth' there will be consequences and one with the courage to go rogue may see no boundaries.

However, I do understand the feeling of relevance one receives when throwing others under the bus.



Feb 27, 2017 06:18 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

hmm well I am not sure I've never run into this or heard of it.. if its worth the hassle to you to report maybe call the local board

Feb 11, 2018 05:32 PM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

Report them to the local board. 

Mar 28, 2017 05:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You have to pay to play! And follow the rules!

Feb 28, 2017 05:57 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

They are not to be using these.  I stopped paying the annual ABR designation, and have removed from my marketing.

Feb 28, 2017 07:55 AM