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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

California is weird.  Out here if you've let your license expire and go to buy or sell a house (either FSBO or with an agent), you still have to declare that you have a license.  On the other hand, you cannot collect any referal fees or anything else that requires a license.


An unlicense assistant in CA can ask if you have talked with a lender and ask for a copy of your pre-qual and depending on what questions you ask, can even go through a list of qualifying questions with the lead.  They can't recommend a lender though (if memory serves).


If you're getting a good amount of leads that are looking in the near future to buy/sell, I suggest starting a lead sales business.  Like how Zillow sells agents leads w/o being a licensed agent/company.  Or get your license and be a referral business.  No need to join an association or NAR, just activate your license and refer out.  If you don't have a Broker's license though, you may need to find a company to hang your license at, since some companies/escrows won't pay referrals to anyone but the Broker.  That might require NAR membership, unless you can find one that doesn't.  Out here no commercial brokerage requires it and there are several internet brokerages that don't.  Just google "<state> non-realtor brokerage" to find them.

Jan 28, 2019 02:22 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I would refer them Peter Mark . I've found you need to vet the agents, not everyone here is as golden as they make themselves sound.

Jan 28, 2019 02:25 PM
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

I think you need to disclose (the truth) on your ID and your posts that you are not a licensed agent and that you cannot help them with the selling or buying real estate. 

Giving the impression that you are licensed on your blogs may be tatamount to fraud. 

Jan 29, 2019 06:16 AM
Peter Mohylsky. Broker -BRIX REALTY
Miramar Beach, Florida - Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Get licensed.  No brained here.

Jan 29, 2019 12:50 AM
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

You need the license.  Then you can get paid for referrals.

Be careful what you offer without a license.

Jan 28, 2019 07:33 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I dont know the answer, but it does not take much to get a license and become a Referral Agent.

Jan 28, 2019 06:16 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I wish you all the best. 

Jan 28, 2019 06:09 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

In Texas you cannot sell real estate, unless if it's your own home, and ask for a commission.  If they are not in hurry to sell or purchase, you get your license and help them. 

Jan 28, 2019 05:55 PM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Either get relicensed or bestow your generosity on to agents that will take good care of these leads. We were just talking about this earlier, we do a lot of giving without asking for any kind of a referral arrangment or anything.

Jan 28, 2019 05:38 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

Develop a relationship with a licensed agent who will do that for you until you can get licensed again.  No substantive conversations if you aren't licensed.

Jan 28, 2019 05:33 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What are you trying to accomplish?

Jan 28, 2019 04:50 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

You need input from your own state but just make sure you don't do licensed work without a license.

Jan 28, 2019 03:02 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

get licensed.... then either work them or refer them....

Jan 28, 2019 02:31 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Sun West Mortgage Corporation - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady nmls 324982

 We don't get too many leads from Active Rain BUT go take the license classes and test ASAP. You can't legally pre-qualify someone, to do this implies you have a license, can pull credit and have ability to quote rates. There are fines.

Jan 28, 2019 01:39 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

If they are for Texas send them to me and I can give you a gift up to $50 and it cannot be cash, or anything that can be converted to cash.

Jan 28, 2019 01:36 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Without being licensed it's tough to monetize although goodwill can also go a long way.

Jan 28, 2019 01:25 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I don't totally know what you means by "pre-qualify." There could be restrictions in your state on what you can or can't say to a member of the public if you're not licensed. I suppose you could always ask a few basic questions and refer them on to a licensed agent. You do need to make it clear up-front that you are not acting in the capacity of a real estate broker or licensee.

Jan 28, 2019 01:18 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Refer them, and go get your license. A

Jan 28, 2019 01:10 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate Agent Retired

Not really.  Just maybe if they mention a timeline that would be helpful.

Jan 28, 2019 01:07 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

 Suggest you refer to a local licensed agent. In CA you can not get paid but can receive a "gift"....

Jan 28, 2019 12:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Do nothing until you have a license.

Jan 28, 2019 12:22 PM
Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Get licensed and make a referral relationship with a local agent.


Jan 29, 2019 05:47 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

You are a charity passing onleads until you have a valid license. No conversations, just pass them on for free

Jan 29, 2019 03:24 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I would reinstate my license, prep the customers and refer them out for a referral fee.

Jan 28, 2019 02:16 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

You have a number of challenges.

#1. What are the constraints on REALTORs regarding YOUR compensation?

#2. Peek behind the curtain at other companies who are successfully taking a portions of agents compensation and  structure your business accordingly.

And if that is too much trouble,

#3. Use 'leads' as the opener to get agents to sign up for your services.

#4. Or get your license and run an exclusive 'referral' business. This will cannibalize your real estate agent SEO services business.

Can you verify or do some veracity checks? Yes. However, be sure you identify yourself as someone other than a lender, broker or real estate professional. Everything that needs to be done can actually be done via your sales page and all you need to do is call and verify they are indeed the ones who filled out the form. Doesn't that sound incredibly safer?

And there are basically two things the agent needs.
1. some indication of motivation. (i.e. selling in 90 days in Holiday FL.)

2. verified contact information.

Address is really nice but not as important as some would have you believe. Address allows YOU to place a value on that lead. So, it's more important to you than the agent.

Jan 28, 2019 12:55 PM
Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

No, No and hell no!

Practicing without a license is against the law...penalties are different in each state.


Jan 29, 2019 07:36 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

You can give them to others.

Jan 29, 2019 06:55 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

If you are not licensed, here in NH you could do none of that. You could refer them, but then again may be limited to what you can receive. Get your license and do it right

Jan 29, 2019 05:56 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It is illegal for agents to give unlicensed people a referral fee in Pa.

Jan 29, 2019 03:46 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

You got great answers!

Jun 25, 2019 08:53 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Get your license again.

Feb 02, 2019 03:26 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Refer the leads out.

Feb 01, 2019 07:36 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I know that Minnesota you need to say when you were a past agent.  N ot much you can do without the license

Jan 30, 2019 02:03 PM
Paul Antonelli
Antonelli Realty - Saint Cloud, FL
Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty

I guess I need to make more posts to the Public. I have never had a lead from AR. 

Jan 30, 2019 02:40 AM