Oh, and for those agents who don't want to pay MLS fees, FYI, I'm not giving you my lockbox codes, you'll have to wait for an in person appointment so I can check you and your client out personally before giving you access to my client's property.
No license= no responsibility. Would you hire any other professional( lawyer, doctor, nurse, roofer, plumber, etc.) without license ?
I was surprised that your association allows non-Realtors MLS access. Amazed!! Appraisers and lenders and inspectors can be associate members of the Board Of Realtors and get access to lockboxes and the mls, but they must be associate members here. Anyone wanting access must join the Board in some manor.
I know that my local MLS does not require a licensed agent to be a REALTORÂ® (member of NAR) or join a local Board of REALTORSÂ® so they have access to all the listings. They just need to pay the MLS dues. That being said; each state may have different rules.
Prudential Connecticut Realty
They serve a microscopic, insignificant segment of the real estate market place that embraces the characteristics of 'specialization.'
They get their stuff from Zillow and the other rogue web sites.
If you are looking for specialized real estate to buy or have a quirky one to sell, a below the radar agent may be exactly what is needed. For instance if you are looking to convert a horse barn, chicken coop or church to a home. MZ may be the ticket to success. The REALTOR resouces of the Mulitple Listing Service does not lend itself will to finding chicken coops.
I am not a Realtor because I just started on my own and literally cannot afford almost $2000 in start up fees for the MLS access.
I have a license, I have insurance and I am an official LLC with my state.
All of this can (and should) be verified on your state's Professional Licensing Association site as well as the Secretary of States site.
In Indiana you can verify a professional license at: http://www.in.gov/pla/3119.htm
And a business at https://secure.in.gov/sos/online_corps/name_availability.aspx . This doesn't mean a company is not a real company even if they are not on here, but it helps. This is more for taxes and their benefit, than their clients.
When I was a Realtor, I often had to show homes outside of our local MLS and had to do the exact same thing as I do now. Call and ask for all the 'paperwork' to be emailed to me, pick up a key or get a lockbox number. No different.
I appreciate the training the MLS and Realtor gives and hope to join it as it will be easier for me, but it's not possible right now as I literally just started this past week.
Hope this helps.
Leslie A Howard-Redweik
@Home Indiana Realty LLC.
You are really in-tune with the typical citizen user of aggregate websites.
The story that should be told would be of a citizen entering a fantastic restaurant, seated in a VIP position and handed a menu with every other page containing only the category but no items.! What is shown very likely appears good, but should not all of those blank pages drive them nuts? Make them suspicious? Worry regarding what they are missing? What about those specials?
That is the aggregate website experience professionals need to convey. If you are looking for homes to buy on aggregate websites, you should just tear out have the pages of the menu, because what you will really like will either not be shown, gone or a pure fabrication. When you only see 50% of what's REALLY available, you must know that you are operating at a real disadvantage. When you want to buy or sell a home. such a handicap rarely proves beneficial. So, dear buyer or seller, if you are serious, you need to put away the things of children.
There are many, many, situations where agents who are not Realtor can do very well. If that agents response to the questions, "How much will it cost?" "How long will it take?" meets or exceeds the expectations of the consumer,,,,they are good to go!
Then, every time I read a Realtor type the words "Code of Ethics" I cringe. It's like shouting 'fire' in a theater. Folks instinctively flee from the source of those words and those associate with them. You would think, as a group of capable professionals we would understand how to leverage the aggregate website situation to serve the buyer and seller and the profession better. Instead we see 'Code of Ethics' and 'this data is from the MLS' repeated WAY too often..
It appears from my observation, most are more comfortable with fueling the complaints rather than garnering the courage to drag into the sunlight, the deception that lurks in the shadows.
1. Aggregate websites steal YOUR data and make money from you.
2. Non-realtor professionals see opportunity in the public confusion to neutralize the 'Realtor" advantage.
3. Realtors stand by becoming the proverbial 'innocent' bystander.
What will you choose to do this day?
Best of success to you,
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor, Fl
It may surprise you, but here in NYC, we don't have a true MLS. REBNY (The Real Estate Board of NY) is our board, but we do not belong to NAR and therefore are not "Realtors." We do have a listing system, with several different portals, and different companies use different versions. There are also a growing number of public/consumer websites that list properties, some more reliable than others.
Your question is regarding a licensed real estate agent who has elected not to become a member of the Local MLS. Is that correct?
Inna, thousands of times a year a citizen will purchase a foreclosure, fix it up and put a fsbo sign out front. Some of them are successful selling these homes. Selling or buying a home through a real estate professional is but ONE way to accomplish this. What you are failing to recognize is the business model most real estate agents use have them working for tips, while non-licensed folks, investor types, are working from a profit business model. Gigantic difference. These folks are much more agile in the solutions they can provide. Also, they are very adept at baiting the 'lease/option' trap.
A real estate consultant would be well advised to have such a knowledgeable individual on their team of resources.
That is a great question.
And you posted it right here on a aggregate real estate website. There is a perception from the public that the data appearing on aggregate websites IS FROM THE MLS. Many real estate agents actually repeat this as though it were true. The majority of real estate professional remain silent or truly do not know.
If the public can be convinced to believe this to be true....Trulia and Zillow are receiving the MLS data...then who needs the MLS?
A 'non-realtor' can easily convince a homeowner. The 'non-realtor' can then call the broker if they need to get additional real estate data. Be very aware, we are the ones creating the environment for this business model, 'non-realtor' to succeed by our silence.
We do have choices.
Hope this helps,
Josh Barnett, Realtor
Metro First Realty