Working as a real estate agent requires extensive knowledge of the area and the ability to fulfill your client’s needs. As an agent, you are required to do a lot of the groundwork in finding and selling properties. Because of this, agencies and state laws require an agent to be of good moral character and standing. Situations that can put your real estate license in jeopardy include dishonest practices, legal trouble, and failure to disclose details.
Being a dishonest realtor is one of the fastest ways you can lose your license. A complete lie or slight misrepresentation of the truth will put your license in jeopardy. Even if you do not know the exact details about the property, it is better to take the time to research them before telling potential clients. Failure to disclose something about the property due to ignorance is still seen as negligence. Gathering legal documents to support everything you say will help you avoid misinformation and help you stay on track with honest practices.
Legal altercations outside of your real estate profession can put your license at risk. The real estate and state boards you are a member of need to know you have a moral character. A DUI can threaten your professional license in many industries. The real estate industry is no exception. If you have a past criminal history, you will also struggle to qualify for a license. It is important you avoid run-ins with the law or settle any outstanding claims as soon as possible to avoid state reviews of your license.
Failure to Disclose
When you have an invested financial interest in a transaction, either selling or buying a property, you are responsible for disclosing that information. Agents and parties involved want to know if there is a conflict of interest. If there is, the other party has the option to work through another agent to ensure they are getting the best and fairest deal possible. Whenever possible, you need to use standard disclosure forms approved by your real estate broker. Attribute third-party information to the third party to avoid additional conflict or the loss of your license.
As a real estate agent, your success relies heavily on your reputation. You must adhere to legal requirements within the state and required by your licensing board. For security, avoid situations that could put your license in jeopardy.