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Old 11-16-2007, 04:13 PM
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This one of the definitions of a real estate agent listed on the internet.
"An individual who can show property for sale on behalf of a seller, but who may not have a license to transact the sale and collect the sales commission."

A realtor is...."used for a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors.'

So, the question still remains, are the Villages agents licensed by the state of Florida?
Since they work for the developer..they are not bound by the code of ethics, NAR or The Florida Association of Realtors. The are governed by guess who THE FAMILY. They are very well scripted and go through two weeks of brain washing before they are allowed to deal with the public. They are independent contractors, so The Villages does not have to provide any benefits..BUT they are required to attend sales meetings which violates the Independent Contractor Status and makes them employees according to the IRS.. They should be withholding taxes and SS.. we will see if they get busted.
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Old 11-16-2007, 04:57 PM
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Any time you want to know if a person in the state of Florida has a legal LICENSE for a business or profession (including a license to sell real estate), you can go to the state's website at www.myflorida.com and search for the license information. The department is Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

According to my search, Properties of The Villages and their sales associates are indeed licensed to sell real estate in the State of Florida. Check it out for yourself.

Donna Lee is correct when she stated in an earlier reply that you can be licensed to sell real estate, but you not required to join and be a member of the Realtor's Association to do so. Hope this additional information helps with the original question posted.



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Old 11-16-2007, 06:53 PM
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The Village agents are licensed but not members of the Multiple Listing Service. They are still bound, as are MLS agents, by professional ethics. Of course, in any profession, there are some bad apples.
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Jan, you brought up a good point. For those that bought a resale through TV real estate group, did you receive the disclosure form that lists everything about the property including if it's ever had chicken pox? How about those who bought through an outside realtor? Each state I've dealt with required the disclosure form. I don't know if it's a Realtor's requirement or the state.
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Old 11-17-2007, 01:52 AM
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We are cuttently looking at homes and have made offers through both TV agents and an outside agent. In both cases we received the same disclosures. However they are not required to tell you about trains, flight paths, bad odors when the wind blows a certain way, etc. Anything outside the perimeter of the property is not subject to disclosure.
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Old 11-17-2007, 02:14 AM
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We are cuttently looking at homes and have made offers through both TV agents and an outside agent. In both cases we received the same disclosures. However they are not required to tell you about trains, flight paths, bad odors when the wind blows a certain way, etc. Anything outside the perimeter of the property is not subject to disclosure.
I think you'll find that courts have ruled that even "barking dogs down the street" must be disclosed. The courts are very specific about it.
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Old 11-18-2007, 12:57 AM
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We are cuttently looking at homes and have made offers through both TV agents and an outside agent. In both cases we received the same disclosures. However they are not required to tell you about trains, flight paths, bad odors when the wind blows a certain way, etc. Anything outside the perimeter of the property is not subject to disclosure.
We just sold the house in Newark this summer, and this is true. ANYTHING that is not within the property lines does not have to be disclosed. However, if a specific question is asked, it should be answered. Better yet, get it in writing.

Our property connected to County land, anything that happened on County land we did not have to disclosed i.e. flooding.

In all fairness Jan, they should have given you a "heads up" about the train, but maybe they didn't think it was a big deal. Still, it would have been the right thing to do. I don't understand why you MUST disclose this if you choose to sell your home. The train is not ON your property. I don't remember anything on the disclosure form indicating this. Who told you you had to do this?
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Who told you you had to do this?
The real estate agent from the Villages who appraised our house last year.
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:23 AM
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The real estate agent from the Villages who appraised our house last year.
I remember now. When you asked why the train was not disclosed to you, they said they forgot or "what train?" or something like that. Correct?

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I remember now. When you asked why the train was not disclosed to you, they said they forgot or "what train?" or something like that. Correct?

Bummer
No, they said nothing about it at all. Later when I contacted the agent about it, he said he told us. None of our neighbors were told, by any of their agents.
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:06 PM
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Jan,

That is so wrong on their part. How badly does it effect the value of your home?

Hubby say he understands your frustration, but for a different reason; Being a former Amtraker, he says he NEVER wants to be near a train again!!!

You are to be commended for sharing your situation. I, like you, would have thought it would be something you should be made aware of. As many have said on this site
"Buyer beware"

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Old 11-19-2007, 03:51 AM
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LG is absolutely correct. The sales associates are not necessarily licensed. They can sell under the umbrella of a licensed real estate agent employed by TV. There is a plaque located in the lobby of the Sales Office.
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Old 11-19-2007, 04:17 AM
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Interesting comments from a real estate agent who doesn't live in TV and is in competition with TV real estate sales people.
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