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Is the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors in a State of Crisis?

June 12th, 2015 · 4 Comments · Santa Barbara Real Estate

How is the public suppose to know when a listing is a new listing when oftentimes on the Santa Barbara MLS it’s not? It’s the same listing by the same agent? How’s the public suppose to find a rental when most Santa Barbara Realtors do not cooperate with one another in violation of the MLS rules and regulations? This is not how it works elsewhere in California. How’s the public suppose to know how long a house has been on the market without checking that property’s MLS’s history. Why the deception? The California Association of Realtors has a radio ad that says, “Realtors adhere to a strict Code of Ethics!” If those ethics are not enforced do they become meaningless? What’s the Santa Barbara Association (Board) of Realtor’s responsibility? Who’s minding the store? Is the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors in a State of Crisis?

My concern is that the manipulation of the Multiple Listing Service rules affects the reputation of every Realtor here in Santa Barbara while creating a disservice to the Public.  The Santa Barbara MLS committee, the SBAOR’s director, and Board of Directors are enablers, and complicit in these deception. Why?

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • KIrk Senatore

    Worst Association/Board of Realtors in the state in my opinion. Most members don’t even realize that the SBAOR does represent their best interest. That realtors in Santa Barbara do not cooperate with other agents with rentals, but use the MLS to do so where they list them. It’s an anomaly in the State of California. Wonder what CAR’s attorneys would think?

  • Ed Katz

    The SBAOR will never get their act together until their sued.

  • Jennifer Krupsman

    A lawsuit filed in the memberships name might work. The proceeds could go to correcting all the various issues including finding a new director. Curiously, since SB realtors do not cooperate with one another when it comes to rentals the membership is marginalized and prospective lessee’s have to go to great lengths due to this dynamic. Unbelievable!

  • Bill McKeon

    It was a nightmare finding a rental in Santa Barbara when you’re from out of town. We had to call 15 different realtors to see 15 rentals. This is amazingly messed up. What’s the deal with the Board here? We gave up, and decided it was too much trouble to find a home there.

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