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Dean Graber, Real Estate Pro in Queens, NY

Someone else is taking credit for my sale on MLS

Asked by Dean Graber, Queens, NY Sun May 6, 2012

I recently sold a Builder's Open listing. The deal went well on all accounts - Buyer, seller, realtor - all walked away satisfied. I noticed the property on MLS closed and a realtor who had Nothing to do with the listing or sale took credit for both the listing and the sale. Should I do anything about this? Does it really matter?

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I'm with Allen - you got the moolah! The MLS should discreetly correct the information for you. At the next soiree where that sly agent attends, give him/her a little grin and a head nod!
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I like your style :)
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I would for market share purposes. I had an issue where the sellers agent closed the property and gave herself the credit. I called the local MLS, proved I sold the listing and they changed it. So yes absolutely do something about it.


Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun May 6, 2012
Yes you do need to correct it since it affects your market share. By reporting it to the MLS this agent will get the message that he or she can't take credit if not due.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 8, 2012
It does matter. They shouldn't get credit for your hard work! Contact your local mls.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 7, 2012
Yes, call your MLS help desk and inform them. They will walk you through the process of correcting the info.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 7, 2012
What is a Builder's Open Listing? I haven't seen that here in my area. I'm curious how an agent could even do that without owning the listing...
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A builders open listing is when its NOT on MLS, but the property information is distributed to numerous real estate agents. They give out master keys to the property, or have a lockbox there.
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Blake Voorhees, Broker, Seattle, WA
I agree with those who advocate approaching the agent for correction of an innocent error. In my view, one of our greatest assets in this industry is our skill for balanced perspective with a keen eye toward fostering successful negotiations. The goal to be right and the goal to succeed can achieve disparate results. Knowing the difference can make or break our value to clients.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 6, 2012
Credit should be given when credit is due and if you were the selling agent on that property then you deserve the credit. And, not only you . . . but your broker also deserves credit.

If this is a situation you don't want to involve yourself with by your contacting the MLS then you should ask your broker or office manager to get to the bottom of it (maybe it was an innocent error) and see that a correction is made.

Broker Associate, GRI
Lang Realty
9858 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 6, 2012
Yes, you and or, your broker owner should report the agent to MLS; in a sense it is false advertising...
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Can you be more specific about how the other agent took credit? Was it in the MLS record itself? Might just be a technical error that the MLS provider can fix quickly.
When I meet with potential clients, I never talk about how many years I've been in the business, designations, education, or any of that. If they ask what I've accomplished to qualify me to handle their deal, I show them my closed MLS records (listings and purchases). I have this in a binder, on my iPad, and on my laptop. When I interview an agent, I ask them to show me the same information.
Experience is not measured in years - it's measured in accomplishments.
In short, HELL YES it matters and you should do something about this. It's not just a record of a sale, it's your resume'.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 6, 2012
It may just have been a typo but you should have it changed as it is obviously bothering you.
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Its not typo - it has the correct buyers name, and where he moved from...its someone misrepresenting himself...
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Thank you all for your guidance...Im going about reporting it tomorrow.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun May 6, 2012
It appears it matters to you; so have it corrected.
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Yes, you should take action for sure. The real bottom line is YOU were the one that got paid!
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It certainly does matter. It affects market share for both you and your broker and if you ever wanted to change flags, the new broker would want to verify your past performance.

This information is controlled by the listing agency and very well may be the result of a simple office staff mistake.

You or your broker should be following up and getting the information corrected immediately.
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