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Bill - let's not lump all real estate schools into one group. I own and operate a real estate school in Connecticut. Yes, we teach to the test - we have to, as that is the purpose of the class. But, what some of us also teach, is real life, and this helps them not only pass a test, but also realize and understand how this information will apply to them in the real world - after they've passed their exams. My students - those who want to learn - leave my classroom knowing what they are up against. They know we do more than open doors and say, "Here's the kitchen." They know how commissions are split, what procuring cause is, fair housing laws, agency/fiduciary duties, etc. This will help them pass the test, but will also help them be great agents after the fact. They are also given advice and information on how to get started, how it's not easy, how it's not like what they see on HGTV. I have advised mys tate licensing commission that an additional 15 hours should be added to the requirements, so we can go over contacts and other paperwork. It amazes me how "experienced" agents still do not understand how to fill out contracts and offers.
Alec is correct. The demand for a same-sex roommate when there is shared living space, is an exemption under Fair Housing Laws. However, whenever a real estate licensee is involved, then ALL exemptions are null and void.
You don't want the listing agent to be mad at you? Do you work for the listing agent or the buyer? Once you realize who you work for, then you follow up with that person and follow-through with what is in your client's best interests.
True story: In my very first interview with a broker trying to determine whether or not I'd like to go to real estate school, I asked him to explain the relationship between a broker and a real estate agent. He said, "well, it's like the agents are the prostitutes and the broker is the pimp". Don't ask me why getting my license appealed to me after that.
I have always let my team members do business under their ID. Pretty much I have only generated a lead and maybe given some advice or mentoring but they did the rest. How is someone new going to establish that they have something under their belt if they have nothing to show for it? I never get it, I never will. To me it is a power trippy kind of thing and that is just my humble opinion and not meant to offend. I would be able to advertise that I am top something IF I did require it to be in my name. I have no need to advertise in such a manner so again, don't get it.
Feedback provided is either an offer or statement such as "buyer not interested in this property... thanks for allowing us to show". No other feedback seems necessary unless we observe something such as leaking pipes, toilet running, window broker, etc. We do not provide information regarding the buyers opinion of price, condition, decor, floor plan, etc.