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<<< As a former homeowner in his early-40's and now a very happy apartment renter, I now know that owning a home has numerous financial risks that unfortunately, in my opinion, many so-called professionals in the real estate industry fail to tell prospective home buyers. In my opinion, the overwhelming majority of real estate agents and brokers are more interested in making commissions than in truly serving the average consumer. Why do most (if not all) states require licensure of real estate agents and brokers? Licensure is required to protect the public from illegal and other unethical behavior by real estate agents and brokers. In my opinion, most real estate agents and brokers belong in jail or prison for ripping off the vast majority of home sellers and particularly home buyers. Real estate agents and brokers often engage in tricky, sneaky, and underhanded techniques just to make commissions and collect other income that separate home buyers and sellers from their hard earned money. >>>

True, all too true. I understand that there is a mandatory and required specific ethics qualification: to-wit; - if they have any ethics, they cannot qualify.

What you fail to understand is that the licensing is not to protect the public, but to protect these "professionals" from each other.

At least you can tell when they are lying, because their lips are moving.

Foolishly,
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