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When Real Estate Ethics Are Questioned

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Real estate agents are a dime a dozen. It seems like so many people consider themselves to be real estate agents. But are they fully trained on the laws, procedures, and ethics involved? When real estate brokers engage in a home sale, they need to ensure they are doing everything properly. They cannot fail… Read More »


Possible Conflict Of Interest Among Greater Tampa Realtors

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

As a real estate agent, you need to avoid conflicts of interest. This means serving as an agent for family members who are buying or selling property. While close friends and associates do not fall under this clause, you need to disclose the conflict of interest nonetheless. When an agent fails to do so,… Read More »


Real Estate Broker’s License Suspended After Accusations Of Misappropriation

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Real estate brokers help people buy and sell houses. With properties costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, there’s a lot of money on the line. Funds are often held in escrow accounts. Sometimes money needs to be paid to agents as part of their commissions. Sometimes these situations do not happen,… Read More »


The Ethics Of Trash Talking In Real Estate

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Whether in your job or personal life, you should always aim to be the bigger person. Life’s unfair. Negative things happen. It can be hard to take the high road though. While it’s OK to vent to others, gossiping or saying untrue (and harmful) things about others is never a good look. And in… Read More »


Ethics In Home Buying And Selling

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

The real estate market has seen a lot of activity in the past couple years. Homes in desirable locations have been selling for thousands of dollars over asking price. It’s definitely been a seller’s market. Now things are cooling down. Buyers are starting to have the upper hand. Still, there are no guarantees. Sellers… Read More »


Can A Real Estate Agent Sell Their Own Home?

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

A lot of people have been selling their homes in this crazy housing market. Real estate agents have been busy preparing homes to put on the market. So, if you are a real estate agent, you may wonder: can I sell my own home? You may think a conflict of interest or other ethical… Read More »


Realtors Urging Change After Past Discrimination

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When people think of discrimination, they may imagine employment situations. However, housing is another area in which discrimination occurs often. And while federal laws prevent it, it does still happen from time to time. The good news is that many Realtors are ethical. They know that discrimination is unfair, with many even going so… Read More »


Risks Of Social Media Among Real Estate Agents

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Many people use social media for personal and business matters. While most people think nothing of posting text or photos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other sites, licensed professionals need to be wary of how they use social media. Social media posts have been known to create controversy, especially if someone posts something that’s… Read More »


Real Estate Broker Fired After Harassing Developer’s Family

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

When you’re a licensed professional, you need to act like one. When you have a disagreement with another party, you need to hash things out with them like an adult. What you shouldn’t do is harass them on Facebook. Sivan Ilamathi, a real estate broker from Philadelphia, didn’t get this memo. Upset that an… Read More »


Racial Bias In The Real Estate Industry

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Those in the customer service field need to provide the same level of service to everyone. They cannot discriminate based on race or other classes that are protected under state and federal laws. Most real estate agents will say that they have no racial biases, but do they really without knowing it? It’s possible,… Read More »