I could never understand why attorneys “practice” law. I always thought that singers, entertainers, ball players, etc. practice to perfect their skills before a performance. Do attorneys practice law so they will eventually get it right when in court?
However, performing real estate duties are becoming more and more law oriented – less selling and more worrying about keeping up with a plethora of new laws and regulations - maybe, soon, Realtors® will probably have to become para-legals first or maybe have a full law degree before they can sell or “practice real estate” (P/S: that is not true for now and, to my knowledge, it is not in legislation for study but I only guess that it would not surprise me if that were to happen in a near future).
The laws affecting real estate are constantly changing or morphing to more complicate and intricate stuctures. Almost every day something new is happening in real estate that somehow screws the public. Then, lawsuits fly all over the places and, before we know it, another paragraph is added to local or state real estate contracts.
I talk with my dad, who is 82, about two to three times a week about everything or nothing. My dad often reminds me when he and mom bought their first house back in 1947; a Sale and Purchase Contract was only 1.5 pages with no earnest money down, a man’s word, only one signature and a handshake. Also back then, when buying a car, the dealer would let people take a car home for the weekend and settle on the paperwork the next week. Or many local grocery and hardware stores operated on I.O.U. “Those days are long gone” dad sadly muttered. Now-a-day, contracts consist on an average of 25 pages or more with addendum, disclosures, release of harm, and etc. and each page must either be initialed, or signed, or witnessed or all of the above. And if any of the parties involved in a transaction makes a verbal promise to so something and don’t perform on his/her words, “who cares?” because it wasn’t in writing, signed, sealed and witnessed…
Since those days of honor, have people in our society evloved to become so untrustworthy, or have attorneys become smarter, or both?
Unfortunately, problemation is more often a deliberate endeavor created by only a small percentage of people who, by their deceitful agenda, make it bad and difficult for the majority of the good and honest consumers [who are the victims] when engaging not only in real estate but in all industries.
On the other hand, I am highly grateful that there are government agencies, associations and organizations (local, State and Federal) who protect consumers by imposing regulations, laws and continuous education for all persons who represent every industry servicing our Nation and other world countries. [Pertaining to real estate, it is regulated and overseen by state agencies like the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC), the Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR), and by each state Association of Realtors® under the umbrella of the National Associationof Realtors® (NAR) all of whom uphold mandatory continuous education with "core law" and "ethics", all for the benifit of protecting the public.]
My name is John Bourassa and I am proud to be a Realtor®. I don’t have one of those cliché goodie-two-shoes mission statements but for all my clients, I give them a just, dedicated and honest representation. Call my “Sell” phone (954) 529-5505