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Old 01-08-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Montana
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I think it is only a matter of time before a lawsuit arises out of internet forum "advice."
Agreed. Plus I always cringe whenever I see one of the threads about commission or showing properties with low cobrokes. And . . . what about posters who are in an agency relationship with an agent - we'd better not be "interfering" with the agent/client relationship.

And the whole "advice" thing is another potential can of worms. I'm sure we should all have disclaimers under our posts. Then, too, we often only have partial information about the "real" situation. Plus real estate laws and practices are VERY local. What may be considered "standard practice" in one area may be considered "unethical" or even "illegal" someplace else.

The more I think about it . . . Maybe I'll just stick to reading C-D threads.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I think it is only a matter of time before a lawsuit arises out of internet forum "advice."
Something for any agent to consider before shooting from the hip. I don't want a case named after me. Or my broker.

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Agreed. Plus I always cringe whenever I see one of the threads about commission or showing properties with low cobrokes. And . . . what about posters who are in an agency relationship with an agent - we'd better not be "interfering" with the agent/client relationship.

And the whole "advice" thing is another potential can of worms. I'm sure we should all have disclaimers under our posts. Then, too, we often only have partial information about the "real" situation. Plus real estate laws and practices are VERY local. What may be considered "standard practice" in one area may be considered "unethical" or even "illegal" someplace else.

The more I think about it . . . Maybe I'll just stick to reading C-D threads.
You won't often see me saying someone should follow a particular course of action, unless it is "See an attorney."
I am working on couching my input in terms of "considerations," and "questions."
And an expository discussion or definition of a typical clause, such as our "Cost of Repair Contingency" that doesn't give any advice per se, is different from the direct advice to the poster to do, or should do, a particular course of action,etc.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Agreed. Plus I always cringe whenever I see one of the threads about commission or showing properties with low cobrokes. And . . . what about posters who are in an agency relationship with an agent - we'd better not be "interfering" with the agent/client relationship.

And the whole "advice" thing is another potential can of worms. I'm sure we should all have disclaimers under our posts. Then, too, we often only have partial information about the "real" situation. Plus real estate laws and practices are VERY local. What may be considered "standard practice" in one area may be considered "unethical" or even "illegal" someplace else.

The more I think about it . . . Maybe I'll just stick to reading C-D threads.
I think it is one of those balancing acts about how can we have good, open conversations with the public about issues in real estate without crossing that line.

What will happen is that a lawsuit will occur and it will dictate future participation on forums. I could put a disclaimer under each post, but I think at some point we all need to be reasonable adults who understand that an online forum is a place for ideas and generalities. A place to give people a starting point for investigation, education, etc. Then they can take the ideas and get more specifics about their local laws.

Fiduciary duties are fairly universal, but I am always stunned at some of the east coast situations with contracts. We just do things differently on the West Coast. It's been a great learning experience for me, and actually helped me be a better agent for my relocating clients since I understand their process better.

I could just sit back and read, but I don't think I would learn as much.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Something for any agent to consider before shooting from the hip. I don't want a case named after me. Or my broker.
But hey...it would make you famous! You'd be in all the papers and journals...
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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But hey...it would make you famous! You'd be in all the papers and journals...
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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I just wanted to say, that although I am not an attorney and am not giving legal advice, just a lay person's opinion, the agent you are talking about is full of crap.

Further more I am sorry this bonehead has turned a potentially pleasant experience into one of unnecessary stress. Guess you won't be recommending her anytime soon, eh?
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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the agent you are talking about is full of crap.

this bonehead
Ummm...so what's your take on this PalmCoasting? I mean...don't hesitate to share your opinion...
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Ummm...so what's your take on this PalmCoasting? I mean...don't hesitate to share your opinion...
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I just wanted to say, that although I am not an attorney and am not giving legal advice, just a lay person's opinion, the agent you are talking about is full of crap.

Further more I am sorry this bonehead has turned a potentially pleasant experience into one of unnecessary stress. Guess you won't be recommending her anytime soon, eh?

Ri-i-i-i-i-ght!
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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:rofl: Hey. I'm originally from New York. What'd ya expect? heheh.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Montana
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I just wanted to say, that although I am not an attorney and am not giving legal advice, just a lay person's opinion, the agent you are talking about is full of crap.

Further more I am sorry this bonehead has turned a potentially pleasant experience into one of unnecessary stress. Guess you won't be recommending her anytime soon, eh?
"I'm not actually an attorney, but I play one on C-D forum" I'm really a real estate agent with multiple opinions that may not be used in a court of law or even taken with more than a grain of salt.
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