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Real Estate Fight Club

31
Jan 2022

Do Professional Ethics Trump Personal Ethics For A Real Estate Agent? - EP 123

On this episode of the Real Estate Fight Club Podcast, Jenn and Monica are going to duke it out over whether professional ethics trump personal ethics or not? How do these two things work together for agents? The National Association of Realtors came down with some new rules and regulations for real estate agents. Tune in for how it all plays out.

 

Episode Highlights:

  • As realtors, we have to help and serve everybody equally regardless of what they are and in fair housing because that’s a federal law, says Jenn.
  • As per Monica, the NAR ethics are driven around you acting as an agent in fiduciary responsibility.
  • Jenn suggests that there is going to be a rule at some point as a realtor that you are supposed to behave in a certain way that will add some points against what you believe is your personal ethics. 
  • Some things are a bit grey in the professional code where your personal ethics would probably bubble up in a real estate role.
  • How does it work when you are representing the seller? What is disclosed and not?
  • You can still be a real estate agent without being a NAR member.
  • There are rules to help us not get ourselves in trouble in some cases, and luckily we have people that are rule followers, says Monica.
  • Tiebreaker, Rachael Real, says that you don’t just turn your language on and off based on who you’re surrounded by. 
  • Rachael asks from a code of ethics standpoint, “Is there anything in there that you feel would put you in a position to dictate your personal morals and ethics over what the NAR board says?
  • What carries more weight if you have a professional rule that doesn't align with your rules for yourself as a person and in life?
  • If you are an unethical person then me telling you to be ethical is not going to change your behavior, says Rachael
  • At some point, there is a progressive discipline in violation of things. If someone violates rules multiple times, then that agent may be in a position where he will lose a license or get suspended.
  • If you look at the preamble of the code of ethics, part of our duties as agents is to self-police and keep people accountable for their actions, says Rachael.
  • There is a lot of crossover in the code of ethics regarding discrimination and federal fair housing.
  • Rachael says that when you look at the code of ethics, it is illegal to discriminate against people and not show them properties in areas you feel they might not belong.

3 Key Points:

  1. If you are licensed and a member of the NAR, you must operate under NAR codes because that is just part of having your license. 
  2. In particular articles of practice, the code of ethics is meant to ensure that we all behave in a professional way even when we’re not acting in the capacity of a realtor. 
  3. The code of ethics holds people accountable to a set of rules, standards, and rights.

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26
Jan 2022

WWYD:How You Might Interfere With An Existing Agency Agreement?- EP 50

WWYD (What Would You Do?) is a special series of The Realtor Fight Club Podcast where we talk about situations that are potential ethics and professional standards violations. What Would You Do in these situations? All cases mentioned and the code of ethics can be found at www.JenniferMurtland.com/Vault 

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24
Jan 2022

Heavy Hitter Christina Swyers Enters The Arena And Weighs In On Why Agents Should Create Content And Follow Other Content Producers- EP 122

On this episode of the Real Estate Fight Club Podcast, Jenn and Monica are going to talk to an extraordinary guest, Christina Swyers, based in Saint Louis. She is the first-ever heavy hitter guest on the show. Christina is an agent with eXp; She shares her personal experience and discusses the importance of social media content strategy for your business.

 

Episode Highlights:

  • Christina has learned a lot in her seven years of experience in real estate. She calls herself Jack of all trades and master of all because she has done so many things in her life.
  • Jenn asks Christina  to tell the listeners about her production because she has been an icon twice, and people who are not in EXP don’t know what that means. 
  • Christina is always about working smarter and not harder. For her, it is not about how many houses she can sell, it is about where they are ending up at the end of the year.
  • How does social media affect the growth of real estate business? Christina discusses how it has impacted her business over the last seven years. She talks about things working for her in the industry, which has attracted many real estate agents to come and follow her.
  • “As four of you are icon agents from EXP created a Facebook group, Girls with Grit, how are you screening the women in this group?” asks Jenn.
  • Christina shares some logistics about the Girls with Grit Group, what it is, how it works, and how others join in.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Follow and emulate people who are doing things the way you want to look, but you feel like you can do a repeatable process, suggests Christina.
  2. Lead generation is genuinely consistent time on a task, and showing up is like half the battle. Do what you are usually doing, like if you are the type of person who loves your plants, then do a video on your plants, says Jenn.
  3. The idea of content building and getting out there and doing it is the number one thing stopping agents from having the business they want. They are just not willing to be vulnerable, says Monica. 

 

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19
Jan 2022

WWYD: What Are Your Responsibilities To Your Client If They Insist On Marketing An Overpriced Listing?- EP 49

WWYD (What Would You Do?) is a special series of The Realtor Fight Club Podcast where we talk about situations that are potential ethics and professional standards violations. What Would You Do in these situations? All cases mentioned and the code of ethics can be found at www.JenniferMurtland.com/Vault 

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17
Jan 2022

Should You Do A Title Search Before You List A Property-EP 121

On this episode of the Real Estate Fight Club podcast, Jenn and Monica are going to duke it out over, “Should you do a preliminary title search before listing? Or do you think this title search should happen before we list a house?” Tune in for the details.

Episode Highlights:

  • Does title search fall on the seller, or does this fall on the listing agent?
  • As a seller or an agent, we have to make the house available to as many buyers as possible and ready to go, and knowing that it is saleable is the title search, says Jenn. For 18 years, Monica has been doing it, and only once has a title problem caused the sale not to happen.
  • The title company knows that all parties on board are ready to buy the house. We will only find a buyer, and that’s why we’re putting the house on the market, says Monica.
  • While one has had some title issues come up when you’re in the 11th hour of the deal, it is more likely that the seller will do what it takes to fix that thing because we’re right at the finish line, says Monica.
  • Amber says to Jenn that if she had asked her the question a month ago, she would have said no. 
  • Amber says that one of her clients once asked her, “Do you think we should do a title search on the house to make sure there’s nothing against this? And Amber replied that it was a good idea.
  • In Southern Ohio, it is common for the buyer to choose the title company, but in most of the other places, the seller is doing preliminary title searches, says Jenn.
  • Monica asks Amber, based on your experience, does it change your view on whether title searches should be done, or do you think they should be done under certain circumstances? What is your point of view?
  • Amber says that if the title is clear, this is one little piece of the puzzle that you don’t have to worry about, and it can be good marketing potential.

3 Key Points:

  1. Jenn says that it is essential to do a title search if you have a property with multiple owners, have been in foreclosure, or defaulted in some way. 
  2. Before listing a house, you need to get through the inspection to make sure all parties are still on board, and then you can do a quick title search, and you’re off to the finish line, suggests Monica.
  3. Tiebreaker, Amber Allred, joins the conversation, and she is going to tell the listeners whether sellers should do a preliminary title search before putting the house on the market or not.

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12
Jan 2022

WWYD: Is Providing Feedback In The Best Interest Of Your Clients? -EP 48

This is a special series of The Realtor Fight Club Podcast where we talk about situations that are potential ethics and professional standards violations. What Would You Do in these situations? All cases mentioned and the code of ethics can be found at www.JenniferMurtland.com/Vault 

 

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10
Jan 2022

Should Real Estate Agents Own Property? - EP 120

On this episode of the Real Estate Fight Club Podcast, Jenn and Monica are going to duke it out over this question, should agents be required to own real property? Should they be required to own a home or a condo, or land? Tune in to hear all of the thoughts!

Episode Highlights:

  • Monica says that in some parts of the country, owning property is more complicated than in other regions. If you are a real estate agent in New York City, you are likely renting something. 
  • Look at it like an analogy; if you are a vegetarian, does that mean you shouldn’t be able to own a subway franchise because you are not eating the meat that you serve? 
  • Jenn inquires, if we are doing investment property and hiring somebody to represent us, does it make sense that we would want to hire an agent that knows investment property because they have some? 
  • If you are an agent doing a lot of deals, it is easy to forget that a purchase is a highly emotional process. People move because of emotional things, says Jenn.
  • Monica says that it is an exciting thing for real estate agents to think about that if you own property, how does that help you be a better agent? If you don’t own property, why is that? Do you not understand or trust the process of investing in property?
  • Andrew, the tiebreaker for this episode, say if you have five-plus years in real estate and are successful, you should be a home owner unless you are maybe in New York or LA or something like that where you can’t buy a house for under $5 million.
  • Andrew and Jenn discuss different circumstances in which real estate agents may rent or own.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. Monica says that you don’t need to own property to understand the process of owning property.
  2. People think there is only one way to own property, and that is either to be a landlord or flip houses, but that is not true. There are a lot of ways to invest in real estate, says Jenn.
  3. Tiebreaker, Andrew Hersey, joins the conversation to answer whether real estate agents should be required to own property as part of their licensing. 

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5
Jan 2022

WWYD: This Is Why You Need A Buyer Broker Agreement- EP 47

This is a special series of The Realtor Fight Club Podcast where we talk about situations that are potential ethics and professional standards violations. What Would You Do in these situations? All cases mentioned and the code of ethics can be found at www.JenniferMurtland.com/Vault 

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3
Jan 2022

Should You Report Other Agents To The State Division Of Real Estate?- EP 119

On this episode of the Real Estate Fight Club podcast, Jenn and Monica are going to discuss whether or not you should report other agents to the state level Division of Real Estate. Jenn and Monica also talk about the new awards that REFC has introduced for mega fans!

 

Episode Highlights:

  • Jenn says that people will either be ethical or not and even if they get in trouble a little bit for doing something wrong, they will likely just figure out how not to get caught next time. She discusses how the system is broken.
  • Monica asks, are you of the mindset like when you are flying in the airport, do you appreciate the concept of “see something, say something” for everybody’s safety? 
  • Where is the line of what is petty and personal versus what actually impacts the well-being of the industry?
  • Monica talks about how she has seen shady things but where is the line of unethical and not illegal?
  • Can you be helpful and go straight to the agent? 
  • Jen shares a time when she was reported. 
  • Do you think it matters what the intention of the tattler is? 
  • Different entities govern what we do as realtors, and there is a norm that provides us with a code of ethics. Also, every real estate agent is not a realtor, says Anne. 
  • Different states have different rules and regulations, so, for instance, in some states, you don’t have to disclose if you have a relationship with the seller, says Anne Uchtman, the tiebreaker for this episode. 
  • Anne says ignorance is not bliss. It can cost you a lot of money, which could cost you your career. So we need to raise the bar, and we can only do that if we hold each other accountable. 
  • Jenn asks, “Do you think it is best for all of us to go straight to the governing body to file a complaint against someone who did something wrong?”
  • People make mistakes, and ignorance is not bliss, but if you are intently trying to deceive people, that is not ok. These things especially happen on social media groups, suggests Anne.

 

3 Key Points:

  1. No one wants to be tattlers, but how do we all take responsibility for leveling up this industry to create accountability?
  2. The system of upholding ethics in the industry has its challenges. 
  3. Tiebreaker, Anne Uchtman from Star One realtors joins the conversation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors and as president of the Cincinnati Network of Women’s Council of Realtors. 

 

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