Hiring an assistant? Be careful when doling out tasks

by Timothy Inklebarger

The new year is fast approaching and many real estate brokers are making plans for what’s to come in 2020. If you’re considering hiring an assistant next year, save yourself both time and potential legal trouble by taking a closer look at the dos and don’ts of the tasks those assistants are allowed to perform by law.
AgentEdu.com, the educational arm of Agent Publishing, offers a quick primer on how best to use assistants and not run afoul of the law. One key takeaway is that you, as a broker, are responsible for the supervision, training, and control of an assistant. If your assistant does something that’s illegal or that’s reserved just for licensed pros, you will be held responsible. So don’t jeopardize your own license and business — do your homework so that your new assistants doesn’t become a liability.
Also, the National Association of Realtors also provides a quick guide for the work unlicensed assistants are precluded from performing in each state. NAR’s list of impermissible tasks for unlicensed assistants in Massachusetts notes the following:
• Deliver listing presentations
• Write contracts or purchase offers
• Show houses
• Call for feedback from co-brokers after showing
• Service listings
• Preview houses for prospective buyers
• Contact buyers and sellers for follow-up
• Attend closings or property walk-throughs
• Conduct open houses
• Attend or conduct broker open houses

Those looking to take a deeper dive into Massachusetts laws and regulations on real estate licenses can visit the state website.
And if you’re ready to start the hiring process, check out AgentEDU’s blog or their full course on creating team job descriptions, which you can access for free if you create a profile and sign up for a seven-day free trial.

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