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Category Archives: Real Estate Brokers License


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 »


Real Estate Fraud

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

In the real estate industry, there is often a lot of money at stake. Because of this, real estate agents work hard to get the sale. However, they must abide by a code of ethics in doing so. If they do anything dishonest or unethical, they can lose their license. Real estate fraud is… Read More »


Realtor Ethics Case Involves LGBTQ+ Hate Speech

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) created a code of ethics in 2020. A complaint in Montana is the first legal test of this code. It could actually end up being a landmark legal case, as it highlights hate speech against the LGBTQ+ community. A local resident filed the complaint over the summer. They… Read More »


Real Estate Agent Vs. Broker: What’s The Difference?

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Real estate agents and brokers help people buy and sell homes. Both are licensed to provide real estate services and have similar duties. Because of this, many people use the terms interchangeably, but they are not the same. The main difference relates to education. A real estate broker has gone above and beyond what… Read More »


NAR Reinforces MLS Local Marketplace Ethics Rules

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

In the real estate field, there is a lot of concern about disclosure and transparency. What are brokers and agents really doing for clients? What is included in the fees and what things are extra? The real estate industry can be tricky to navigate. There’s a lot of money exchanging hands. A home is… Read More »


Real Estate Agent Faces License Suspension For Forgery

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Real estate agents work with legal documents and in situations where there is a lot of money at stake. Because of this, they must act with honesty and integrity at all times. When they fail to do so, they could face various forms of punishment, such as license loss and suspension. A real estate… Read More »


Real Estate Agents, Realtors, And Brokers: What’s The Difference?

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

If you’re looking to work in the real estate field, you may have come across several terms that relate to those who sell houses: real estate agents, Realtors, and brokers. But what exactly is the difference? Aren’t they all the same? For the most part, they have similar duties. Plus, all have to abide… Read More »


Ways Real Estate Agents Can Get Sued

By David P. Rankin, P.A. |

Accidents happen, but in the real estate field, even a minor incident can ruin one’s career. Whether the mistake was intentional or not, it can lead to lawsuits, license suspensions, and other issues. Real estate agents have to handle a lot of details, so they’re highly vulnerable. An issue can be stressful or costly…. Read More »