Being a realtor, it seems to us, must be a career of passion. Realtors put in a great deal of work on many clients over many hours, including working evenings and weekends, in their attempts to connect the right people with the right homes. Despite all this hard work, they at times may go without receiving even a single paycheck for months, which makes it hurt all the more when they learn that a complaint has been filed against their license with the Texas Real Estate Commission.
It is important to note that everyone runs into a “nightmare client” at one time or another, particularly over the course of a lifetime career. So, keeping that in mind, it is always a good idea to adopt a number of professional practices that decrease the odds of giving that client fodder for complaint.
For one thing, it’s important to really know the properties you’re showing. Defects are no joking matter, and disclosures are, well, the law. Failing to make the proper disclosures, however minor, can wind up causing a lot of trouble down the road.
For another, it never hurts to actually know the clients you are dealing with. If they behave in a way that makes it seem they will be “difficult” early on, simply end the relationship as gently as possible. If you find you absolutely must continue to represent that client, be sure to engage in copious documentation as you go along.
Most significantly, a realtor should do everything they can to avoid falling into a breach of contract. This is one of the most common complaints, as well as a serious source of lawsuits in the wake of real estate transactions. Be sure to take careful note of provisions making promises or setting timeframes. And have a real estate attorney look over any contract before the parties sign it.
And should you find yourself the subject of a complaint, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We are experienced professional license defense attorneys and we know how to navigate the complaint process. We are prepared to represent you at any legal hearing or proceeding regarding your realtor’s license.
Our firm believes that immediately consulting an experienced professional license defense attorney to review allegations of misconduct helps ensure the most favorable outcome in your case. Our results speak for themselves. BERTOLINO LLP represents licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. If you are facing disciplinary action, contact us today or call (512) 717-5432 and schedule a case evaluation.