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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Tampa, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Tampa Home Buyers

Last week I watched a 20/20 episode about a serial killer...he was a well respected real estate broker who enjoyed killing people...if  I remember correctly, he spent some time prior to that in jail for something.

Yesterday, I read about some broker who admitted to fraud.  (renting property he did not own and keeping the money)  He was fined $21,000 and license suspended for a mere 1 year...

Add it up...



Feb 04, 2020 03:34 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

I guess it depends on state by state rules. I was arrested as a wee lad in 1974. I know people are going to speculate, so set the speculation aside. I assualted a police officer. It was eventually reduced to drunk in public. When I filed for my VA license, no problem. VA had destroyed the record in 1978. When I went for my WV license, the WV State Police held me up for 5 months. MD didn't even look at it. Ironically, the FBI is still trying to figure out how the WV State Police found that old record that VA had destroyed 40 years before.  All of those state licenses were broker's licenses.

Feb 03, 2020 05:56 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

In Virginia, a criminal record is said to be a a disqualifying factor, but if you have a broker willing to take on the can still become an agent.  Go figure.

Feb 03, 2020 04:28 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   I know of real estate agents who had adjudication withheld or slap on the wrist for DUI, minor possession of dried smokeable leaves, and other youthful indiscretions.  For that matter, I know some members of the Florida Bar who had minor convictions / misdemeanors in their background.


Feb 03, 2020 04:11 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Misdemeanors will be allowed however, they look to see if the boo-boo is related to morals, ethics etc. Whatever they do, it is negotiable & appeal-able if borderline or denied. Interesting to note that violations made during or after a licensing are held to a much higher standard.

Feb 03, 2020 03:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Only misdemeanors here.

Feb 03, 2020 10:04 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Not something that I have looked into.

Feb 03, 2020 08:02 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I am not sure in NC! I know your license can technically be suspended for a DWI. It is usually a reprimand, but it possible to be suspended 

Feb 03, 2020 07:33 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

In ND they consider the crime and then make their decision Candice A. Donofrio .

Feb 03, 2020 06:39 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

In Texas it depends on the crime.  If fraud was involved a license will not be granted.  Other crimes are handled on a case by case basis.  Many time they will issue a license but the agent will be on probation.

Feb 04, 2020 05:09 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

Our licenses in IL are not cross checked with prints. You can have one with a conviction but not for money fraud items. Ya know, like running away with earnest money.

Feb 04, 2020 05:08 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Traffic infractions are usually ignored however the devil is in the details of anything else. In state or out of state convictions it's best to list ALL misdemeanors and/or felonies. The Commission will generally set your application aside until the next monthly meeting to make their determination whether you're a GO or not.

Feb 04, 2020 04:49 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I don't know the specifics here in California about misdemeanors vs. felonies. And I suppose you could pass the background check in CA but a broker could say no.


Feb 03, 2020 10:06 PM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

In MA you can be denied a license for a felony conviction so it is best to disclose it. Non-disclosure is worse than disclosing.


Feb 04, 2020 09:55 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

This is not something I focus my energy on.  

Feb 04, 2020 09:13 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I know that felonies are an issue in CA, but I never worried about it.  A

Feb 04, 2020 07:51 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Felons are typically prohibited from getting a real estate license.

In the news, the last three real estate agents who went to jail had felony convictions prior to getting their license. Yep, felony convictions for 'fraud and fraud-like' activities. And history did repeat.

Feb 04, 2020 05:58 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

The Times they are a changin

Feb 04, 2020 05:50 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

An FBI check will determine whether a real estate license will be issued. Admitting to DUI offenses/jail time/police record/current criminal investigation is required prior to that or no go!

But then...

I remember the RE broker in South Carolina who kidnapped and raped a 14 year old as a 15 year old, spent 14 years in prison. He said it was trumped up, got his broker license, then killed 7 people and chained a woman to shipping container for 2 months until someone found her. 

Feb 04, 2020 05:42 AM
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

Working with Z. LOL

Never worried about it, so I do not know.

Feb 04, 2020 04:35 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I do not know about my state.

Feb 04, 2020 04:09 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I am pretty sure that we can in Arizona depending on what the conviction is for.

Feb 06, 2020 11:00 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

the application in MA asks if you've been convicted of a felony..... no license if you're a felon....

Feb 04, 2020 03:51 PM