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Category Archives: Real Estate Brokers License


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 »


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 »