Rain City Guide – Today’s post

Posted: October 23, 2007 in Uncategorized

I often visit the blog Rain City Guide. There’s a lot of great information to be found there. The folks who work on that site are top notch. In fact, Dustin Luther (what a great name, i.e. Dustin 🙂 ), one of the head tech’s there, often speaks at our Tech Boot Camps for Keller Williams.

Anyway, I stopped by today and found this post —

ardell.png Agent receives $5,000 fine for taking the key from the keybox, giving it to the electrician and allowing the electrician to remain on the property unattended.

Agent receives $5,000 fine for giving her keypad to an unlicensed friend to show property.

Agent fined $3,000 for changing the price by $1.00 or $2.00 to cause the property to show up on the agent hotsheet to get more attention and possibly showings.

Agent fined $3,000 for advertising another agent’s listed property in a real estate publication.

Agent waited in car while handing his keypad to his unlicensed assistant who showed the property. Agent did not leave a business card in the house. $5,000 fine.

$1,500 fine for not uploading a photo in a timely manner, not changing the status in a timely manner and not taking the keybox off of the property in a timely manner.

It is sometimes easy to forget that “The MLS” is not simply a data base for listed property to gain the eyes and interest of potential buyers. Reading the report of hefty fines being paid by members for, in some cases, what might appear to be fairly minor transgressions, is a good reminder of what “the mls” really is and is not.

I have to admit that as I am typing this, I am wondering if there is a fine for writing a blog post about fines.

In today’s sue happy world, Realtors® need to be extra careful in paying attention to what they may consider a “small detail.” A “small detail” could cost you $2000. Or, in our rush to get things done, it would do us well to take an extra moment or two in order to make sure that the small detail is finished. This may mean that you need to replace that extra cup of coffee with a glass of water.

Coffee IV I know that I’m guilty of the coffee O.D.

This is one reason that I just love our risk manager, Hank Braunstein. Our risk manager

This guy has been an unbelievable assett to the company. There’s no telling how many times he has kept Keller Williams out of the court room just by catching the “small details” in contracts. Now, he can be a little…um, how do you say…abrasive, gruff, grumpy, intense, from time-to-time. It’s all in love though. He doesn’t fool me!

So, again, check the details. Slow down. Keep yourself out of trouble. It is very worth it!

Dustin Curlee

  1. dustin says:

    You’ve got a great name yourself! 🙂

    That’s awesome that you guys have a “risk manager”… There is definitely potential for someone like that to save thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of dollars a year for a real estate organization!

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