To paraphrase Forrest Gump, choosing a Realtor blindly off the roster is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re going to get.
Test your real estate knowledge. Which is the correct answer?
- A) Realtors are required to be 18 years of age, and have a high school degree.
- B) There are currently 500 agents on the Real Estate Special Commissioner Roster.
- C) Agents receive training on how to request a hearing.
- D) When stipulating to, or creating a blind list, the best practice is to interview the Realtors about their level of experience in real estate and the Court system.
(FYI: Realtors do not need a high school degree. There are over 750 Realtors on the Court roster. Few have had experience with a Court appointment. Training is limited to an online, no-fail quiz.)
If you need a Realtor to sell a home, and believe that a Real Estate Special Commissioner is the solution, it would be most prudent to stipulate to a Realtor that has been vetted as being qualified on many fronts. To avoid the slippery slope, ask the prospective Realtors at least the following:
1) What is their experience in real estate and divorce conflict resolution?
2) What is their experience in the location and price range of the home?
3) What is their experience with Court Appointments and in the Courtroom?
4) Would they be willing to List or Co-List with another expert?
5) What is their marketing plan?
Few people would choose a doctor, accountant, lawyer or other professional blindly out of a phone directory, and the same is true with blindly choosing a Real Estate Special Commissioner from the Court’s roster. A slippery slope arises from blind appointments of Real Estate Special Commissioner from the court’s roster.
For additional ways to avoid the slippery slope, see my blog:
“What the #*@?! Is a Court Appointed Realtor?”