Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blogger, California Realtor association feud over blog posts

How can a association or government body that has no authority over an individual fine or punish that individual?  OCAR probably should have done their homework before filing a compliant.  Also is it illegal to give commentary or criticize to a group?  This country has been founded on free speech, let's keep it that way.
A real estate broker in Irvine, Calif., is fighting claims he lied and disparaged professional Realtors by criticizing them on a blog for failing to give homebuyers the best advice.
The Orange County Association of Realtors alleges Larry Roberts used a blog to discuss the real estate community's ethical practices.
While Roberts never identified any individual Realtor, he argued they continue to employ salesperson-type tactics, acting without any obligation to offer sound advice that could dissuade buyers from bad deals.
OCAR response
A spokesperson for OCAR could not be reached for comment.
Larry Roberts response
One of Roberts main points of concern is the structure of the Realtor job description. He argued in blog posts that brokers escaped the crisis unscathed of assaults to their reputations, even though he believes professionals in the community were complicit in failing to warn clients about housing bubbles and inflated home values.
Roberts contends that brokers should either assume some professional responsibility to advise clients on areas of risk, or they should admit publicly that they are commissioned-based sales agents who should not be relied upon for unbiased counsel
It's important argument  CPA's, attorney's, and financial planners or responsible and liable for their advance.  However, Realtors are not.  

Finally, if OCAR had a good case, then they should have at least made a comment to Housing Wire, which is a legitimate news organization.

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