Bryan Gardner, Rookie

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956,521
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Forgetting to check the appropriate checkboxes. 
Incompletions. 
Figures that do not add up.
Writing lengthy, pretentious clauses like one who fancies themself an attorney. 

Apr 16, 2018 11:07 AM
Rainmaker
5,769,262
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Bryan,

Not learning the paperwork thoroughly, and understanding it to the point you could explain it to a 3  year old.

Not having someone double check your work!  A

Apr 16, 2018 12:18 PM
Rainmaker
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Watch your commas and decimal points Bryan Gardner .

Apr 16, 2018 12:55 PM
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

all paperwork should be reviewed before being submitted, when an agent is NEW.... there MUST be a trainer/mentor.... paperwork is an easy word to say...it's a contract!!! a legal document when fully executed.

Apr 16, 2018 12:04 PM
Rainmaker
4,312,757
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

This will likely vary by state. If you are concerned about avoiding mistakes(and good for you for being aware-discuss with your broker or office manager). Paperwork control and knowledge is quite important. 

Apr 16, 2018 11:41 AM
Rainmaker
1,776,962
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

You forget important stuff on the listing agreement. Highlight all those parts that need to be filled out for homes & different ones for condos.

Who does the earnest money get made out to Bryan?

How to write a sales contract. Highlight those parts that would need to be filled in the majority of the time.

Apr 16, 2018 10:59 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!
  • Lack of a full understanding of each and every contractual clause.
  • Missing initials
  • Using the wrong form (yes, I've seen that many times!)
  • Not writing N/A in blank spaces
  • Agent-written addenda (not permitted here in NC or SC unless written by an attorney)
  • Full description of personal items to remain in the home.
Apr 16, 2018 12:50 PM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Most common?  Poorly written Addendums and not adhering to deadlines.

Apr 16, 2018 11:50 AM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Usually, the most severe mistake is not accounting for funds as required.

Apr 16, 2018 10:54 AM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Unauthorized Practice of Law, via agents writing in additional clauses.

Apr 16, 2018 12:56 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I am always happy to know that our broker is checking my loops when I turn them in to make sure nothing is missed.

Apr 16, 2018 12:26 PM
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Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT
PETER TESTA

Generally speaking, errors & ommissions- exactly what we have E&O Insurance for.  Specifically, math errors- sometimes the Money Down/Mortgage/Deposit don't = the Offer Price. I've seen illegible contracts, mispellings and vague items that could be an issue later. 

Apr 16, 2018 11:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Not having someone else review it, like your broker. Rushing and proof reading

Apr 16, 2018 01:36 PM
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Richard L. McKinney P.A.
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
For Results that MOVE you on the Treasure Coast!

Mistakes are made when the newb really doesn't know what his customer is signing. So my advise is to read the contract and fill it out with the customer. 

Apr 16, 2018 01:23 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Usually the math on the purchase contract.  Putting a number in the wrong field, missing a checkbox or having one checked that didn't need to be.  Missing an initial (page 8 of our purchase agreement is notorious for this since it has three spots for initials, two of which are buried).

Apr 16, 2018 12:41 PM
Rainmaker
2,701,865
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The forms require a blank filled in or a box checked. Users have to know why and explain it to others....

Apr 16, 2018 11:57 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Not checkiing your work

Apr 16, 2018 06:33 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Can we start with how we structure a question?

Apr 16, 2018 06:24 PM
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1,708,245
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

math.

Apr 16, 2018 05:52 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Not knowing what you are doing and failing to ask you broker for assistance when you are in over your head.

Apr 16, 2018 05:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

There are lots of mistakes but missing initials of forgetting to check a box are two that come to mind.

Apr 16, 2018 04:50 PM
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Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

Illegible handwriting, avoid this. Use typed forms. 

Complete the check boxes completely, review them with someone to ensure nothing was missed, or you could be in trouble. 

Ambiguous addendum drafted by the other side.  We have a blank form my office refers to as the addendum of death. It's where any agent will be exposed and liable to be sued if they don't clearly cover all the basis in a concise way.  Who, what, when, where and what if.  I don't care about why. 

Apr 16, 2018 03:41 PM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Not reading them and understanding them.

Apr 16, 2018 03:29 PM
Rainmaker
4,799,732
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Grammar is a biggie when they can't understand your writing.

Apr 17, 2018 05:56 AM
Rainmaker
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Not learning proper procedure and developing systems!

Apr 17, 2018 05:28 AM
Rainmaker
3,071,034
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Candice A. Donofrio nailed this one!

Apr 17, 2018 05:13 AM
Rainmaker
4,421,980
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Basically not knowing what one is doing.

Apr 17, 2018 05:08 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Failure to get everything signed/initialed !

Apr 17, 2018 05:05 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Proofread

Apr 17, 2018 04:34 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Incomplete and with incorrect information.

Apr 17, 2018 04:05 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bryan Gardner - I do not want to add to the list... lol!

Apr 16, 2018 11:05 PM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Check, recheck, let someone else to check it for you.

Apr 16, 2018 10:47 PM
Rainmaker
712,144
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Many mentioned here in the comments I'd say. Usually as a result of lack of experience.

Apr 16, 2018 09:48 PM
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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

that's why broker review is required in my state to prevent mistakes.

Apr 16, 2018 08:30 PM
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Jeff Perlis Prime Properties
Prime Properties - Lake Arrowhead, CA
Experience Your Own Transformation!

Always have someone to check your paperwork: broker or your mentor, or at least another agent.

Apr 16, 2018 07:07 PM
Rainmaker
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I hope you find the best answer on your guestion. 

Oct 26, 2018 10:16 PM
Rainmaker
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Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

A lot great answers are here, Good luck.

Oct 26, 2018 10:10 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I see many very poorly written contracts, missing information, etc.

Apr 20, 2018 08:51 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Add an extra "o".  

Apr 17, 2018 06:56 PM
Rainmaker
855,372
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not proofreading, for starters...

Apr 17, 2018 08:29 AM
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Expressing yourself clearly using proper grammar when you write something. One small error in the wording of a clause could have detrimental effects.  A good example is your question... :)

Apr 17, 2018 08:25 AM
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Bryan Gardner
Riverton, UT
Rookie

Thank you all for the great answers. This is a great wealth of knowledge. Thank you for sharing.

Apr 17, 2018 07:10 AM