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 Illinois notes the following:
- Host open houses, kiosks, or home show booths or fairs
- Show property
- Interpret information on listings, titles, financing, contracts, closings, or other information relating to a transaction
- Explain or interpret a contract, listing, lease agreement, or other real estate document with anyone outside the licensee’s firm
- Negotiate or agree to any commission, commission split, management fee, or referral fee on behalf of a licensee
- Perform any other activity for which a license is required under the act
Those looking to take a deeper dive into Illinois 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 post 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.