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Are Boards Too Lax on Violators?

Thank you for the cover story, “Yikes! That’s a Violation?” [February 2007, page 30]. I realize it’s impossible to cover every [Code of Ethics] violation, but the article should’ve been longer.
 
One time a Realtor® changed my compensation without authorization. I filed a complaint and won, but I never collected because [the violator’s] Board said they didn’t have to make the agent pay. 

Recently, without an appointment, another [sales associate] accessed one of my listings that appeared to be vacant. The sleeping young adult [living there] was scared out of her wits and called the police. When I contacted the [local] Association, they said, “Fill out the complaint form and assign a standard of practice (SOP) article to it, and we’ll process it.” I read the SOP for the eighth time in my career of 22 years, but there is no language that addresses access to a property. Now I’m left wondering, “How do I protect my sellers against agents like this?”

Joy Carter
Prudential Florida WCI
Coral Springs


Editor’s Note:
By popular demand, Florida Realtor magazine will run a follow-up article offering additional Code of Ethics scenarios. Look for it in the next few months.

Fed Up with Extensions
On too many occasions, I’ve experienced mortgage brokers asking for last-minute extensions to closing dates. It invariably comes a few days before closing after the mortgage broker has repeatedly stated that “things are fine, and we’ll close on time.”

I’ve had sellers lose the purchase of their next home, incur the huge expense of rescheduling a move, lose substantial profits on the sale when forced to place the home back on the market and sell in a more distressed manner. 

How do other sales associates deal with these last-minute extensions?

William A. Tison Jr.
REMAX Southeast
Boynton Beach


Mac vs. PC
I found your [Makeover] article on page 54 of the February issue very amusing. Under the heading “Get Organized and Computerized,” you ran a photo of two women posing with an Apple Macintosh laptop.

We recently purchased a MacBook laptop for our son, and when I tried to access MLXchange, I received a pop-up message that said the program only runs on Windows Internet Explorer.

I called the MLS help desk in West Palm Beach and they said the program’s vendor only supports Windows. They told me about some rogue third-party program called Boot Camp that, once installed, allows you to load Windows XP (if you own it) onto the Mac so you can run both Windows and the MAC OS X operating system. But they don’t recommend it, and they can’t help if you have problems with it.

How can we force MLXchange to support the MAC OS? I’ll bet Steve Jobs wouldn’t be happy about it.

Mike McGarr
RE/MAX Midway
Fort Pierce


Editor’s Note: Options for running Windows programs on Mac OS X include: (1) Boot Camp (www.apple.com/macosx/bootcamp). Free (in beta), it requires a copy of Windows XP (with Service Pack 2 installed). The final version will be fully-supported by Apple and will be included in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), scheduled for a spring release (2) Parallels Desktop for Mac (www.parallels.com) costs about $79.99 and lets you run nearly every version of Windows as well as other operating systems (Linux, for example) from within Mac OS X without booting  between operating systems (3) VMWare’s Fusion (www.vmware.com/products/beta/fusion) is essentially the same technology as Parallels Desktop and it’s free.

Submit letters to “Editor” via e-mail to FLRealtor@far.org, mail to P.O. Box 725025, Orlando FL 32872-5025, or fax to (407) 438-1411.

Letters are edited for space and clarity. Publication of a letter does not constitute an endorsement of the writer’s views by the Florida Association of Realtors®.