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MIKE ROCK - Serving client by following COE! I will not do something unethical to please my client!
And my client will not want me to be unethical either.
(Yes, different take than most answers I read.....may be, that's the way I am!)
Stevens Point, WI
Granite Bay, CA
The COE does involve keeping your client on top, if there is a conflict there then a resignation is in order.
Stevens Point, WI
1. The client
2. The client
3. The client
The courts will not care about the COE, the local board, or what your broker says, They only care about your lawful duty to the client.
I would love to answer if there was a specific. My answer would be to lean to whatever is legal in a court of law both state and federal. The code of ethics is not necessarily enforceable, in my un lawyerly opinion.
There are rules imposed by my office manager...
And those imposed by my broker....
And those imposed by the local mls..
And those imposed by the regional mls...
And those imposed by Florida Association of Realtors..
And those imposed by NAR
ANd rules imposed by my franchise
and all of these are rules to protect turf, and none about providing the solutions and choices a home owner or buyer may want.
Then there are the rules imposed by the state. Those rules, plus an attorney will allow an agent to actually deliver the solutions and choices buyers and sellers want. Of course NAR will have nothing to do with that. The turf rules make that option nearly impossible.
The turf war IS what created the reduced relevance of the REAL-a-TOR.
The client and what is best for them, has no bearing on your question except in effort to cloak the real intent.
As long as it's legal the client wins.
if I had to pick, the client wins ALL DAY LONG.... not even a question....
I would say any time a client ask you to do something that is unlawful.
Good Monday morning Mike. Technically, on a fiduciary role, your code of ethics says you are bound to your client, the seller. It's hard to play both ends of the transaction.
The COE is designed to guide us in serving our clients.
I work for my client within the bounds of the code.