So you’ve been licensed a while. You take your continuing education every two years, and you are a member of the local Association of Realtors. Chances are good that you try to follow the rules and laws. That said, do you really know how real estate regulation works in Florida? What if you are ever involved in a case, should you appear before FREC or not? Should you hire an attorney? If so, how do you find one that deals with administrative law? How should you dress if you ever have to go before FREC?
As simple as some of these questions may seem, the answers are a little more elusive. One of the best ways to answer these questions and many others is to attend a FREC meeting. I’ve been going to FREC meetings since 1991. Meetings are normally held in Orlando on the third Tuesday and Wednesday of the month. Agendas are published on DBPR Website, along with minutes from previous meetings. So why do I say that every licensee should attend at least one FREC meeting?
Here are 7 reasons:
- See how the disciplinary process works. You learned about the process in your pre license class, but do you really understand it? There’s no better way to understand it than to watch 15 or 20 live cases to see how FREC arrives at their decision.
- Learn the most common violations that are occurring today. So you think you’re following the rules, but are you? You will see patterns to cases before FREC. Today many cases involve improper reporting, escrow violations, as well as property management violations. Why not learn about these before you are in trouble.
- Meet the people that regulate you. Of the seven commissioners, five are industry members just like you. This is your opportunity to meet them, shake their hands, and thank them for their service.
- Have a voice in events shaping your industry (task forces, new rules, etc.). Often FREC will hold rule development workshops, or workshops to revise course syllabi, etc. This is your opportunity to work alongside the commissioners to shape the future of the industry.
- You can earn continuing education credit. By registering in advance and attending the entire meeting, you can earn continuing education credit.
- You’ll know what to expect if you are ever involved in a disciplinary case. What better way to know what to expect if you’re ever called before the commission than to attend a meeting when you are not required to? Appearing before FREC can be intimidating. Know what to expect by attending for educational purposes, rather than for disciplinary reasons. Who knows, maybe what you learn will keep you out of trouble.
- Finally, meet the prosecuting attorneys as well as several defense attorneys who practice before FREC every month. These are the people that can help you if you are ever in trouble.
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