Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County (Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055)

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

This is where having their fingernail clippings or a lock of their hair comes in very handy. ūüėą

Mar 07, 2019 01:43 PM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

That's why everything is anonymous in our MLS. We have a button you select with a drop down of complaints & off it goes.

Mar 07, 2019 12:51 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I would report them.... that behavior is being accepted by you and one kicks that person's butt.... I'd be all over it.... play fair or pay the consequences.... 

Mar 07, 2019 01:48 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Our MLS is a toothless dog. They don't do anything even for a blatant violation Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 

Mar 07, 2019 01:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I believe that when we report something in MLS through the system, it's anonymous. Not sure what you mean by "incriminating text."

Mar 07, 2019 12:54 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

We can report issues anonymously. We often see properties come on the market but with delay for showings, or for an open house.

Mar 07, 2019 01:44 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR¬ģ, Broker

I would just report the violation and not worry about repercussions.

Mar 07, 2019 01:42 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor¬ģ

If I come across something that is clearly erroneous I will contact the agent to let them know and how I know. Our MLS supports self-policing.

Mar 07, 2019 04:29 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I had that very experience today, Nick! The ones who think that they'll capture the buyer and show them privately before it hits the market are the ones who do this. 

Thankfully, we are allowed to report this behavior anonymously to our MLS Board.

Mar 07, 2019 09:36 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Our MLS has an anonymous "report" button.

Mar 07, 2019 02:09 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

We can post ahead of the grand opening, but we are not allowed to let ANYONE in ahead of the date when all can view it.

Of course this must be spelled out in the listing agreement which must be sent to the mls people.

Check with your mls to see if this is the case here.

Mar 07, 2019 02:46 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

 Document and report as necessary.  As others have answered reporting is typically anonymous.

Mar 07, 2019 02:39 PM
Peter Testa
Kiwi Homes - Danbury, CT

A lot of times there is a legit reason they aren't showing it. Regardless I wouldn't report anyone to the MLS. They'll  figure out it was you & you'll be branded a snitch. 

Mar 07, 2019 02:36 PM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Document, then report after settlement if you have a buyer interested in a property listed by an agent like that. Many times the listing agent is following sellers instructions.

Mar 07, 2019 02:24 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The listing agent does have the gold and they do rule...Find a way in & go

Mar 07, 2019 01:24 PM
Anthony Acosta -
Harry Norman, REALTORS¬ģ - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Report them.

Mar 08, 2019 05:28 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

If it is active and can't be shown they better have a good reason. If not, a courtesy call to their broker to ask if this is office policy. That will resolve things quickly!

Mar 07, 2019 03:11 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor¬ģ ‚ÄĘ GRI ‚ÄĘ HAFA ‚ÄĘ PSC Calabasas CA

To your specific issue about reporting transparency : in our mls we can report any listing to the compliance department and it is very easy and anonymous to another agent. The compliance rep simply requests a listing package from the agent to prove the status. You have 3 days. They keep record of all complains and quick to send a fine if you do not comply.

Mar 07, 2019 02:54 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR¬ģ - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I always believe in doing the right thing regardless.

Mar 07, 2019 02:32 PM
Jerry Thomas-Construction Loans
Cranbrook Loans - Farmington Hills, MI
Construction Loans in MI, OH, PA, CO VA, GA and FL

First and formost, you have to work in the best interest of your client. I've taken a lot crap from seller agents to get my client a home.

Mar 07, 2019 02:20 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

That is the problem with 'self-policing,' it becomes a griping tool when others don't get their way.

Let say the owner has determined the house can only be shown on Saturday. On Saturday, the owner will hire the needed staff to take bed ridden mom on a ride.  I would assume you would throw this accommodating agent under the bus because your buyer is available only on Tuesday.

We are so quick to throw each other under the bus. And so emboldened when it can be done ANONYMOUSLY.

Now, isn't it amusing we treat poorly those who post question here on AR anonymously, but when it advantages the agent, it not so bad.

In the above example, the showing availability  does NOT comply with MLS rules. You would therefore suggest this agent can not list the property in the MLS. WITHOUT THE MLS! Now we are talking about a real solution, learning to market and sell without the MLS and deliver real solutions to home owners. Many agents are learning to do this and SOLD occurs on day one, before the rest of the herd had a chance to speculate.

I look forward to a rogue network of COMING SOON agents to establish value in knowing the 'good stuff' is in the network that is not the MLS.

The listing agent you mention DID let you know the house is available for showing but you wanted privileged access. When my privilege is revoked I too look to find others to blame or throw under the bus.

Look at the house at the published time. And don't become one of those who likes to complain ANONYMOUSLY and throw others under the bus.


Mar 07, 2019 01:57 PM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

The anonymous button is not anonymous. When you click on the anonymous button you are doing it while logged in to the system under your name. The mls knows you sent the complaint and they have the option of telling the other agent who filed the complaint. I witnessed this while i was on the mls committee.

Mar 08, 2019 05:29 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Our MLS had the button to push and report.... no mess, no fuss!

Mar 08, 2019 02:32 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR¬ģ, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

we are told ours are anonymous however...

Mar 07, 2019 08:58 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 you can report MLS violations anonymous.

Mar 07, 2019 08:03 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

I would find the reason as of why they don't allow showing.  I've never reported anyone but I guess in our area we will have to call our board and report it.

Mar 07, 2019 06:53 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Our MLS has a "report" button that is anonymous, so you can report it without fear of retaliation or problems with cooperation. They probably get a gazillion of the same "reports" anyway, so it wouldn't be connected to just one agent. -K

Mar 07, 2019 06:08 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Broker
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

Interesting question and difficult answers.

Mar 07, 2019 05:59 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

That's a tricky one.  All our reports are anonymous... unless you email the MLS person directly as I often do.  Either way, if you have some evidence that can be linked to you, I'd probably hold off on reporting it until I know my clients weren't interested or I'd leave off the exact details about the text and say "I was told it couldn't be shown".

Mar 07, 2019 05:05 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have many answers...A

Mar 07, 2019 02:50 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I am not a fan of agents that have it under contract but do not change it in the MLS and keep it as Active.


Mar 09, 2019 09:56 AM
AJ Heidmann ~ CRS
McEnearney Associates, Inc. - Alexandria, VA
YOUR Alexandria & Arlington, VA Real Estate Expert

Nick ~ As a couple others have already mentioned, our MLS allows for anonymous reporting, but that doesn't necessarily get you into this listing that your buyer is interested in.  As in your MLS, if it is active the property needs to be available for showings to everyone.

I would report the inability to get into the showing and hopefully it will stop the behavior on future properties.  

Mar 09, 2019 09:50 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

My MLS has a report button. Beyond that, we have a compliance department that handles MLS violations. 

Contact the agent's broker.  It may or may not help. The broker may be part of the problem and not part of a solution. We just never know until we make the call. 


Mar 09, 2019 08:28 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

ARMLS reports are anonymous - so they would never know!

Mar 09, 2019 05:36 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

We have an anonymous complaint system for blatant mls infractions.

Mar 08, 2019 08:27 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ¬ģ CRS,ABR,PSA,RCS-D, ePRO
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

I call the board and email our MLSA rules dept. Simple.

Mar 08, 2019 07:17 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

You have to make the call whether you want to report it or to continue to work with the agent.

Mar 08, 2019 06:30 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

We have cyber cops reading everything and looking at every photo per NAR.

Mar 07, 2019 06:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Cope with it.

Mar 07, 2019 05:10 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Just like the others

Mar 11, 2019 07:04 PM