Is it iligal for a Realtor to pay a non Realtor a referal fee for refering a property for sale or rent.?

Asked by Peter Russell, Orlando, FL Fri Aug 29, 2008

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Jim and Donna…, Agent, Lakewood Ranch, FL
Sun Aug 31, 2008
Only a licensed Realtor can be paid a referral fee or commission for any real estate transaction. The State of Florida frowns heavily on someone trying to go around the system.
Jim Soda 941-809-7759
Prudential Palms Realty
Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch-Longboat Key
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Keith Sorem, Agent, Glendale, CA
Fri Aug 29, 2008
I do not know Florida real estate law. In California someone who is "part of the transaction" can be paid, but there are criteria. Check with the FLorida Dept. of Real Estate.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Aug 29, 2008

This is part of Real Estate is illegal. If you are working with someone that is talking about paying a referral, we suggest being very cautious.
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Mott Marvin…, Agent, Sunny Isles Beach, FL
Fri Aug 29, 2008
Yes. It is illegal to pay, compensate or provide such service with the expectation of compensation. The crime is known as "unlicensed activity". The State of Florida is very serious about this matter.
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Louise Warri…, , Lake Mary, FL
Fri Aug 29, 2008
Yes, it is illegal in Florida, Real estate agents can only pay referral fees to other agents who are licensed and are in active status (i.e., working for a brokerage firm).

Louise Warring
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Fri Aug 29, 2008
Yes, as a licensed agent/broker. You are limited to only paying a referal fee to another licensed agent/broker. Some states have limits on what can or can not be paid. Best bet is to log onto your States real Estate comissons web site.
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