Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners)

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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
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No commission without a RE license.

Jun 10, 2018 09:20 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
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I believe in my state, attorneys need to obtain a valid broker license (but don't need to take the classes) in order to get a real estate commission/do real estate. You'd need to check with the Department of State re: the laws in your state.

Jun 10, 2018 08:39 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Check with your state laws. 
As far as I know one needs an active real estate license or broker license in order to be paid "commissions".

A licensed attorney can practice real estate.  That is different from transacting real estate that requires a license. 

Jun 10, 2018 09:43 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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If the license is inactive, I doubt it. You would need to check further as to regulations in your state.

Jun 10, 2018 08:44 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Depends on the laws in your state. I don't believe an inactive licensee is legally able to receive a commission.

Jun 10, 2018 08:41 AM
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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

What guidelines?

Did the attorney ask for a co-op? Did you offer one? Do you want to give one?

Will he make your job easier or harder? Our local attorneys are usually cream puffs and I've seen them both ask for and decline a split. 

In AZ, attorneys don't need a RE license to conduct transactions. Correct me if I'm wrong, Zonies. 

Jun 10, 2018 08:19 AM
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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
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In our state it depends if the person has a valid real estate license. 

Jun 10, 2018 08:16 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D nailed this one!

Jun 11, 2018 04:47 AM
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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Broker license status active.  BTW Last time I received an offer from a attorney with two pages of conditions, stipulations. One says his liability is limited to 15K. Want this and that.... Blah blah blah.

This was a no brainer, rejected.

Jun 10, 2018 09:34 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Is he licensed? If yes, cobroke. If not, no way!

Jun 10, 2018 09:33 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

The license has nothing to do with it in an attorney's case.  In our state, attorneys can practice real estate.  Getting paid the co-broke by the MLS is another matter.  Not to my knowledge.  They are not members of the MLS.  

Don't fret.  They are attorneys.  I am sure they have overbilled their client for their help.

Jun 10, 2018 09:04 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Only if they have an active real estate license.

Jun 13, 2018 07:16 PM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I would say no in our state!

 

Jun 13, 2018 04:38 PM
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John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
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 In California, I have paid an attorney a referral fee for a listing client because the attorney was also a licensed real estate broker. It is my understanding that fees/commissions can only be paid to/through brokers.

Jun 11, 2018 10:43 PM
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Caroline Gerardo
Licensed in 20 states - Newport Beach, CA
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In your state he has to have his license up here: The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation website in order to get paid. He can help them and advise them all he likes but he must apply and have the license to co-broke. sounds like a headache deal

Jun 11, 2018 02:14 PM
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Bob Crane
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They need a RE lic here to do this.

Jun 11, 2018 08:43 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Maybe, depends on the attorney.

Jun 11, 2018 07:39 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
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In Texas not unless they also have a real estate license.

Jun 11, 2018 06:47 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

I would advise the seller an attorney is representing the buyer in the capacity of a real estate agent.

It will never advance to a co-broke situation.

Jun 11, 2018 05:50 AM
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Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
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Here in NY they're eligible but for a REDUCED amount on my listings. 

Jun 11, 2018 05:07 AM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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NO...in fact I do not let anyone that is not with a licensed agent look at a house.  Not even one that is an atty.

Jun 10, 2018 09:10 PM
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Brian L. Sirota, Esq.
Bristar Realty (Realtor/Attorney) - Orange, CA
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In all jurisdictions, an attorney can practice real estate law and preside over real estate transactions, just as a broker can.   However, an attorney without an active broker or agent's license can not receive commission and is limited to fees, only.

Jun 10, 2018 07:35 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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Nope.

Jun 10, 2018 06:39 PM
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Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
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I believe they would need to be licensed as a Realtor first.

Jun 10, 2018 05:25 PM
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Jon K. Judd
Keller Williams Realty - Central Delaware - Dover, DE
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Not here without a real estate license.

Jun 10, 2018 02:52 PM
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
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Check state laws.

Jun 10, 2018 01:05 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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  They must hold an active real estate license to earn a real estate commission.

  They can, as an attorney, charge fees for preparing contract and other paperwork.  The buyer could ask the Seller to pay those legal fees.  The seller could then ask you the Broker to reduce your commission accordingly.

 

Jun 10, 2018 01:02 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

They need an RE license in CA, to the best of my knowledge.

Jun 10, 2018 12:41 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the guidelines in your state and your agreement with the attorney.

In our area, we do not pay referral fees to an attorney.

Jun 10, 2018 11:20 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

you should ask him if he's acting as their buyer's agent and their attorney.... he CAN collect a commission....all attorneys, in MA can writing to the state house and receive a license....

in the past, I did several deals with attorneys who were buying my listings for themselves and collected a co-broke fee...they had a license.... 

Jun 10, 2018 11:14 AM
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Agent Retired

In my area yes & they have to put it into writing.

Jun 10, 2018 10:17 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
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Not in my states (NC & SC) could someone with an inactive license be paid commission but, I don't know about your state's laws, Praful. 

Jun 10, 2018 10:09 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

In our state, the attorney is not entitled to a commission - also they are not a member of our MLS which is the only assurance any agent would have to be paid a co-op broker fee. Only licensed real estate agents are entitled to be paid a commission for a real estate transaction.

Jun 10, 2018 10:07 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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In California, they are eligible.  I have no idea what your state says. A

Jun 10, 2018 09:25 AM
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Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Yes. Attorneys can get paid a commission.

Jun 10, 2018 09:17 AM
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Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Maybe. In AZ, the attorney would need to have a valid real estate license (licensee) parked with a broker. The co-broke goes to the broker who would then pay the licensee (attorney).

If the attorney is not licensed - than NO. Not even a referral fee. SOL.

Jun 10, 2018 09:04 AM