Saturday, August 11, 2012

Complain To The Florida Real Estate Commission

     In Florida, real estate licenses are issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Florida real estate licenses are suspended or revoked by the Florida Real Estate Commission.  Suspension or revocation are punishment for doing bad stuff. 

     Any Florida real estate licensee has a fear of losing his real estate license.  When a DBPR investigator calls, this is not good news.  Why am I telling you this?  Many people complain to their friends, relatives and anyone else that will listen about things they perceive that their real estate agent is doing wrong in a real estate transaction. Usually, their question is, "What can I do about this?". 

     The best thing you can do is get legal advice.  I understand why most people are reluctant to get legal advice.  It costs money.  Other than that, there is no downside to having an attorney's advice.  There is something about an attorney in a transaction that makes everyone involved pay more attention to the details.  It would be analogous to having a chaperon on a first date.  There won't be much fooling around. 

     Another thing you can do if you think your real estate agent is doing something wrong is turn in a complaint to the people that issue Florida real estate licenses, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  Their website is www.myfloridalicense.com .  A very frequent complaint that I hear is that I don't think my real estate agent really turned in my offer to the seller.  How do you know if the listing agent really turned in your offer?  You can't make them prove to you that they really turned it in.  You can't.  The DBPR investigator can.  If you turn in a complaint to the DBPR that your listing agent did not present your offer to the seller, the DBPR will investigate your allegations.  If your offer has not been presented to the seller, it probably will be after Joe Salesman gets that first phone call from the DBPR investigator. 

     Do not waste your time or the DBPR's time turning in a complaint that is not "legally sufficient".  Legally sufficient means that your complaint is alleging something that is a violation of the real estate law.  Don't waste the DBPR's time reporting some Florida real estate salesman for being rude.  Being rude is not against the law.  There is no law requiring real estate agents to be on time for an appointment.  Don't bother.  If you think your agent is violating the law, turn in a complaint to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

     If we at Climer School of Real Estate can help you understand the law better or if you want to get a Florida real estate license, contact us at www.climerealestateschool.com .

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