DBPR warns don't fall victim to unlicensed real estate individuals
February 19, 2014
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is warning Floridians of the danger of hiring unlicensed real estate individuals to assist you in the purchase or sale of your home. In Florida, real estate specialists are required to have a professional license.
“There are more than 300,000 licensed real estate professionals in Florida,” said Ken Lawson, Secretary of DBPR. “To ensure the financial and personal safety of potential home buyers and sellers, the Division of Real Estate is responsible for the examination, licensing and regulation of over a quarter of a million individuals, corporations, real estate schools and instructors.”
Licensed real estate professionals have successfully passed the real estate examination, in addition to the necessary education and experience requirements mandated by Florida Law. Real estate professionals are licensed to perform various services associated with real estate transactions, such as scheduling appointments to view listings, verifying the legal names of all parties involved, and finalizing the real estate sales processes.
Before any efforts necessitating a licensed real estate professional are performed, consumers should always verify the individual’s State of Florida professional license, which can be verified online at www.myfloridalicense.com or by calling 850.487.1395.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
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