TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) yesterday warned Floridians of the danger of hiring unlicensed real estate specialists to assist in the buying or selling of real property.
In Florida, real estate professionals must have a professional license issued by DBPR.
“Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions we make in our lives,” DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson said. “To ensure both the financial and personal safety of homebuyers and sellers in Florida, DBPR is encouraging Floridians to verify real estate licenses before hiring.”
In addition to issuing the warning, Lawson’s staff met with Realtors who were in Tallahassee on Tuesday and Wednesday for Great American Realtor Days, and they used that opportunity to update members about unlicensed activity.
“Unlicensed individuals will often sell or rent real estate that is unsafe, unsanitary or poorly maintained – all without clear evidence of the tax status of the property,” Lawson wrote after the event. “In the most egregious cases, unlicensed individuals will broker deals for houses and apartments that are currently in the possession of tenants who are not physically present, or they’ll attempt to sell or rent a property to multiple parties.”
In addition to passing a real estate examination, licensed real estate professionals have met the necessary education and experience requirements mandated by Florida law and are held to strict professional standards.
Consumers can verify an individual’s professional license with DBPR by visiting myfloridalicense.com, calling (850) 487-1395 or downloading a free DBPR Mobile app available in the iTunes and Google Play app stores.
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