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Sometimes I Just… Agent Cleared of Wrong Doing.


Recently the online real estate community began buzzing (because the media was buzzing) about an agent who was being sued for not disclosing material facts.  I read as some hypothesized, some passed judgement, and others invented names and scenarios to explain how they could see this become a trend. I remember reading and wondering why in the world would we assume the worst, disregard the fact that we do not know the facts, and jump on a bandwagon that could really care less about us as professionals- in fact, it’s a great headline when a Realtor is in trouble, and everyone needs someone to blame besides ones own self.

In case you missed it, the Agent was cleared of any wrong doing last week and I thought it was important to demonstrate that maybe in these types of cases it would be best not to fuel the bandwagon that would blame agents for all the wrong in this economy- maybe we too should look forward to the facts and then write. You may have already heard, but I think it’s worth repeating over and over again. 

I’m just sayin…

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Benn Rosales is the Founder and CEO of The American Genius (AG), national news network. Before AG, he founded one of the first digital media strategy firms in the nation has received the Statesman Texas Social Media Award and is an Inman Innovator Award winner. He has consulted for numerous startups (both early- and late-stage), and is well known for organizing the digital community through popular offline events. He does not venture into the spotlight often, rather he believes his biggest accomplishments are the talent he recruits and develops, so he gives all credit to those he's empowered.



  1. Larry Yatkowsky

    April 21, 2008 at 10:59 am


    Two rare things:

    1. Rare is the Realtor who listens before they shoot.

    2. Rarely is there sensationalism in truth.

  2. Latana Locke

    April 21, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Thank you, so many agents needed to hear that great news. Agents are the first blamed and last the be cleared. We are assumed guilty until we prove we are not.

  3. Vicki Moore

    April 21, 2008 at 11:51 am

    One of my clients asked me about this lawsuit. He was wondering if I was going to sue all the people I sold houses to. Because the value of their homes skyrocketed after their purchase, I lost out on a lot of commission money. 🙂 He’s pretty funny, but it was an interesting conversation.

  4. Benn Rosales

    April 21, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    If you read the merits of this case, it never should have gone to trial- ever. and Larry, I’m all over number 2. Vicki, he may be onto something. 🙂

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