how too report a bad realtor?

Asked by Fel, Los Angeles, CA Thu May 10, 2012

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Jayne Clement, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
Where can I go to report a bad client?
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Richard "RJ"…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
You really need to describe what "bad" means. If it is only because you did not get what you wanted or hoped for, this might be a case of just an unsatisfied client and not really a "bad" Realtor. Give some explanation of the situation and you will get better answers.
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it was a fraud and a rip-off the broker is also the escrow. the broker cancel the purchase with the seller sayind the buyer had backed off. then told the buyer the seller had backed off. then broker offer the buyer 12 thousand to buy the property himself, which the seller acpeted. After all these the buyer had already put 12 thousand for property and painted the house to his choice put floor? ad he has done things like that a lot but people have not gone to the right place.
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Donny Opoku, Agent, Ladera Heights, CA
Thu Feb 7, 2013
You have to contact the dept. of realtors. Good Luck
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juan2228, , Los Angeles, CA
Wed Feb 6, 2013
I, as Electrical contractor did work for a particular realtor in one of his properties and i didn't get paid even after all passed inspections and even though I took him to Small Claims and he didn't showed up so I won the Claim, but I still can' t collect the Money owed.
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Spirit Messi…, Agent, Tucson, AZ
Wed May 16, 2012
Ask to speak to the DM, the designated broker. If that does not help or work, please consider contacting your states Department of Real Estate (CDRE) to bring it to their attention. Best of luck.

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Johnny James, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Wed May 16, 2012
Bad Agent did something that was not right in your eyes contact agent and give him a chance to explain. Pass that point contact broker in charge of the agent. Pass that point contact the state Department of Real Estate.
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Irina Karan, Agent, Aventura, FL
Fri May 11, 2012
I wonder the same - what is "bad" agent to you?

We recently had one person complaining here on Trulia about something that he thought
the agent did wrong.

Quickly, he found out that the agent did everything the right way, and apologized to the agent.
The question was later removed.

The complaint was about loosing a bid on a house (although unfortunate, but not due to any agent's wrong doing).

If you describe your situation without specific names/areas, maybe we'll be able to help you better.

Hope this helps,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Lance King, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
In order to comment it would be helpful to know what your definition of bad is. That said, depending upon the circumstances, the first step would be to go to their broker. Fortunately I get nothing but compliments on my people, but if a client was unhappy I'd want to know and would do something about it if I thought justified.

You can always file a complaint with the MLS or the Department of Real Estate, but it should be pretty egregious to go that route
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Kevin and Ju…, Agent, Wildomar, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
Fel, Looks like you got your answer - Contact the Broker and if they can't help, go to the DRE. Do you mind responding with some specifics about what made the agent "bad"?
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Laura Coffey, Agent, Santa Clarita, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
Like mentioned you can start with their broker. If the agent is doing something wrong sometimes they can assign a new agent within the same company & they split the commission so your terms don't change. You can also go to the local board. Not sure where exactly in LA you are but it will probably be CLAW or SRAR.
Depending on the situation you may also want to seek legal council.
Good Luck
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Alan May, Agent, Evanston, IL
Thu May 10, 2012
Your first stop should be the agent's managing broker.

If you've had a bad experience, document all of your issues, and go in and talk to her, and explain calmly and carefully what happened, and what you think should be done about it. It's always helpful if you're calm...yelling rarely accomplishes much, and if you can provide what you'd consider to be a good solution.

If you can't find any satisfaction with the managing broker, then the governing body over that realtor is the next place to go.
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Sang and Son…, Agent, Los Angeles CA 90069, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
By all means please start with the agent's Broker before going to DRE. Most Brokers will take these complains seriously.

Good luck!!!
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Thu May 10, 2012
Well you got a good answer below, but be careful, what you may consider a BAD Realtor may not be
unethical or illegal.... It just really depends on your particular situation and most importantly on your
contracts or agreements, signed or otherwise, preferably signed, it looks like you are selling property in Los Angeles and therefore you should have had a sit down with that particular Realtor and a signed agreement with his or her brokerage, which should have spilled out in detailed all the terms, and
hopefully the Realtor also discussed and explained what he will or will not do as far as his and his Brokerage's services are concerned....

So make sure you look at the signed listing agreement and see how it fits into your impression of the Realtor..... and then remember your listing agreement should be with the real estate brokerage company and NOT with the Agent/Realtor him or herself, so that if and when you are dissatisfied with
that particular Realtor, the Brokerage Company can and will assign you another Agent from the office
to service you and you can state what it is that you would like to be included or excluded in their services....

So careful, figure first out what the agreement states and what terms you agreed to in th

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Blair Thomps…, Agent, Sherman Oaks, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
There is a difference between an unethical Realtor, a Realtor committing illegal acts, and just a bad Realtor. (this advice is all assuming that the agent is indeed a Realtor, not just a licensed agent)

- If laws are being broken, the California Department of Real Estate should be contacted and they could be prosecuted or lose their license after an investigation.
- If the Realtor is breaking rules in the National Association of Realtors "Code of Ethics" then you could contact the local board of Realtors, who will deal with the violations. This could result in the Realtor getting sanctions such as suspension from Multiple Listing Services, to membership in the local, state and National Association of Realtors which would make doing business for that x-Realtor pretty difficult.
- If it is just a bad Realtor your best bet would be to contact the agents office. If they are a member of a national brand you could contact that national office of that brand and they could possible lose their place in that company. This is inconvenient for an agent, but certainly not devastating. But this route could get you personally the most immediate assistance. If you are in the middle of a transaction the company cand and should intervene with a manager attempting to correct the problem.

Start with the Realtors office and escalate from there. You have to decide if you want to get a problem fixed or if you want to punish the agent. But definately take action to either correct the problem or have the agent called out for bad service somehow.

This just points out the need to carefully select your agent and know who you are getting involved with. Personal referrals are one of the best ways to find a good agent who will really look out for your best interests. Best of Luck!
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Brian Mitry, Agent, Sacramento, CA
Thu May 10, 2012
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