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Prudential California Realty
Beverly Hills, CA
It is true that there are a number of sleazy agents out there, making our job more difficult.
Please contact the California Association of Realtors:
Los Angeles - Executive Office:
525 South Virgil Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020-1403
Phone: (213) 739-8200
Fax: (213) 480-7724
The SoCal Investment Real Estate Group
Sotheby's International Realty
LICENSE # - 01343854
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Not all agents are Realtors. Realtors are members of the state and national Realtor Associations and work under a strict code of ethics. There is the Department of Real Estate where consumer complaints may be made and will be investigated.
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CODE OF ETHICS
When representing a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other client as an agent, REALTORSÂ® pledge themselves to protect and promote the interests of their client. This obligation of absolute fidelity to the client's interests is primary, but it does not relieve REALTORSÂ® of their obligation to treat all parties honestly. When serving a buyer, seller, landlord, tenant, or other party in a non-agency capacity, REALTORSÂ® remain obligated to treat all parties honestly. (Amended 1/93)
Standard of Practice 1-3
REALTORSÂ®, in attempting to secure a listing, shall not deliberately mislead the owner as to market value.
REALTORSÂ® shall avoid exaggeration, misrepresentation, or concealment of pertinent facts relating to the property or the transaction. REALTORSÂ® shall not, however, be obligated to discover latent defects in the property, to advise on matters outside the scope of their real estate license, or to disclose facts which are confidential under the scope of agency or non-agency relationships as defined by state law. (Amended 1/00)
Standard of Practice 2-1
REALTORSÂ® shall only be obligated to discover and disclose adverse factors reasonably apparent to someone with expertise in those areas required by their real estate licensing authority. Article 2 does not impose upon the REALTORSÂ® the obligation of expertise in other professional or technical disciplines. (Amended 1/96)
REALTORSÂ® shall not deny equal professional services to any person for reasons of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. REALTORSÂ® shall not be parties to any plan or agreement to discriminate against a person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. (Amended 1/90)
REALTORSÂ®, in their real estate employment practices, shall not discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. (Amended 1/00)
Standard of Practice 10-1
REALTORSÂ® shall not volunteer information regarding the racial, religious, or ethnic composition of any neighborhood and shall not engage in any activity which may result in panic selling. REALTORSÂ® shall not print, display, or circulate any statement or advertisement with respect to the selling or renting of a property that indicates any preference, limitations, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. (Adopted 1/94)
The services which REALTORSÂ® provide to their clients and customers shall conform to the standards of practice and competence which are reasonably expected in the specific real estate disciplines in which they engage; specifically, residential real estate brokerage, real property management, commercial and industrial real estate brokerage, real estate appraisal, real estate counseling, real estate syndication, real estate auction, and international real estate.
REALTORSÂ® shall not undertake to provide specialized professional services concerning a type of property or service that is outside their field of competence unless they engage the assistance of one who is competent on such types of property or service, or unless the facts are fully disclosed to the client. Any persons engaged to provide such assistance shall be so identified to the client and their contribution to the assignment should be set forth. (Amended 1/95)
REALTORSÂ® shall be careful at all times to present a true picture in their advertising and representations to the public. REALTORSÂ® shall also ensure that their professional status (e.g., broker, appraiser, property manager, etc.) or status as REALTORSÂ® is clearly identifiable in any such advertising. (Amended 1/93)
Standard of Practice 12-3
The offering of premiums, prizes, merchandise discounts, or other inducements to list, sell, purchase, or lease is not, in itself, unethical even if receipt of the benefit is contingent on listing, selling, purchasing, or leasing through the REALTORÂ® making the offer. However, REALTORSÂ® must exercise care and candor in any such advertising or other public or private representations so that any party interested in receiving or otherwise benefiting from the REALTORÂ®'s offer will have clear, thorough, advance understanding of all the terms and conditions of the offer. The offering of any inducements to do business is subject to the limitations and restrictions of state law and the ethical obligations established by any applicable Standard of Practice. (Amended 1/95)
REALTORSÂ® shall not engage in any practice or take any action inconsistent with the agency or other exclusive relationship recognized by law that other REALTORSÂ® have with clients. (Amended 1/98)
All agents are held to a "code of ethics" that outlines unacceptable standards.
An important note is that any profession, law, medicine, education, real estate etc. is an extension of society and thaerfore carries its difficulties. This is not an excuse but an understanding that does not deminish the capacity of true professionals that hold themselves to the highest level of ethical behavior.
The local board of realtors manages the conduct of its mambers. Your best course of action therefore, is to be in touch with the local real estate board for information about how best to proceed with your concern(s).
The Eckler Team
Each area in the US is belongs to an Association of Realtors. For example, in the Los Angeles basin the governing body is the Los Angeles Association of Realtors. (See website below).
Every Realtor is a DRE licensee, but not every DRE licensee is a REALTOR. To belong to the local, state, and National Association of REaltors http://(www.Realtor.org) a person must agree to abide for a Code of Ethics. You can download a PDF of the code of ethics and read them to see if you think your Realtor is in violation. Not all agents are Realtors, however the Dept. Of Real Estate (DRE) has rules also (http://dre.ca.gov).
DRE Licensees are required to associate their license with a broker. The broker is legally responsible for the agents' activities. The FIRST step would be to determine who the agent's broker is. You can go to http://www.dre.ca.gov and look under Consumers, then License check.
If they have a license their broker of record will be listed. I would first contact their broker and try to complain that route. The broker should "want " to help you.
If the agent is a REALTOR, you can also file a greivance with the local association of Realtors. If the claim is proven to be true the Realtor can be fined, suspended from business, or other sanctions.
Hope this is helpful.
16 years mortgage real estate exp
Yes, the California Department of Realtors does have a process foe lodging complaints, and they take it very seriously. Go to their web site and it will provide you with the information you need.
I would also urge you to speak with your agent's manager. This might provide you with a faster resolution to your unhappiness.