Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Real estate licenses could be at risk after complaints

Many professionals need licenses before they can work in their chosen field. As a real estate agent, you had to obtain a license before you could start helping individuals buy or sell property. You may love your job, but you also know that, without your license, you would not be able to continue in this industry.

Because you want to continue in your chosen profession, you do not want to put your license at risk. Unfortunately, someone who believes that you did not act professionally could file a complaint and leave you facing administrative proceedings in front of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Why would someone complain?

Often, complaints against real estate agents result when a client loses trust in his or her agent. The client may feel that you did not act appropriately or did not handle a transaction well, and as a result, you have landed in a difficult predicament. If any of the following examples apply to your ordeal, you may understandably worry about your real estate license:

  • Misappropriating funds: Real estate agents handle clients' money in various ways, such as keeping earnest money until closing, and if a client suspects that an agent took the funds for personal use or otherwise misused it, a serious complaint could result.
  • Not telling the truth: Some real estate agents may bend the truth or try to gloss over information in certain circumstances in efforts to make a deal, but lying about any information could result in serious claims against you and the potential for an administrative hearing.
  • Getting arrested: If authorities take you into custody, even for a crime unrelated to your real estate business, and you face a conviction, the state could suspend or revoke your real estate license.

If someone files a complaint regarding your actions, it could catch you completely by surprise. After all, you do your best to maintain integrity in your business practices and do not want to put your license in jeopardy. Unfortunately, panic may set in if you end up facing an administrative hearing. As a result, you may want to contact an attorney who can help you understand your available options for handling this type of ordeal. When your livelihood is on the line, you do not want to take any chances.

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