I was lured to the last Prescott Area Association of Realtors quarterly brunch with a nomination of accolades from affiliates to some deserving Realtor. Fortunately, Randy Nelson won that award. As most of you know I hardly ever list or sell real estate; I am in the education business.
...Code of Ethics class that is!
It has been sometime since I learned something worth blogging about... Well, this "something" affects new and renewing licensees. The Arizona Department of Real Estate (ADRE) has changed the game regarding disclosing of misdemeanors.
I was invited to speak on Yavapai County Contractor Association's radio show, HammerTime, which aired on Saturday at 7 AM on KQNA. Here is a link to the broadcast if you are interested in hearing the show! It was a real pleasure to interact with Sandy Griffis. She will be getting her instructor certification with ADRE and we will be presenting some very informative panel style continuing education courses in 2018!
I am pleased to announce that the students from the last day class are doing a stellar job at the state testing center. Of the seven students that passed first time with my final also passed first time with the state exams. Just in case you do not have your calculator (or phone) with you, that is 100% pass ratio. (88% overall for that class)
I just had a conversation this week with a Realtor who thinks it is okay to refer all of his buyers to his wife who is an escrow officer at a local company. Offering two other companies seemed beyond his cognitive abilities.
There are still affiliate businesses out there paying for real estate licensee's advertising. Or, how about that mentor that tells their new mentee "Oh, we only use such and such title company, or lender, or inspection co, or... How about the real estate company that uses the same title company to sponsor their office meetings every week. Spreading your business around and allowing your clients to choose from a selection of service providers can keep the CFPB at bay.
It may sound a little paranoid but once the CFPB is done with the big boys with the deep pockets, watch out little guys with shallow pockets. The government wants what it wants when it wants it!
Read this article to see why the CFPB is upset with Zillow!
I was attending a Prescott Valley AZ marketing meeting a few weeks ago where the person leading the meeting, a REALTOR, opened the meeting then began speaking about professionals in our industry and referring to them as Realiters. Ben Filer, a REALTOR with the Prescott Association of Realtors, corrected the leader as well as a few others for continuously using the Trademarked term REALTOR incorrectly. Evidently, whenever Mr. Filer is present at the REALTOR marketing meetings, he corrects any and all attendees who use the term incorrectly.