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Kevin Tomlinson gets new gig, responds to the Jills

He outlines hundreds of alleged MLS data manipulations

August 25, 2015 05:00PM
By Katherine Kallergis

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The Jills and Kevin Tomlinson

Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber; Kevin Tomlinson

Not long after Miami Beach Realtor Kevin Tomlinson was arrested for allegedly trying to extort Miami’s power real estate duo, the Jills, Tomlinson has a new job.

And he is speaking out to The Real Deal about the issues related to his arrest, citing 353 alleged manipulations of the MLS system, including 30 to active listings in 2014, alone. The Jills spokesperson, however, said the MLS changes were unintentional, and only concerned expired listings.

Julian Johnston, of Calibre International Realty, confirmed to TRD that he hired Tomlinson. Tomlinson was fired from ONE Sotheby’s International Realty after his arrest on Aug. 8.

“I’ve known Kevin for many years. There are two sides to every story, and the story about Kevin has been a distraction from the real issue,” Johnston told TRD. “Innocent until proven guilty.”

In April, Tomlinson filed a complaint with the Miami Association of Realtors against Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber, claiming that they altered MLS data to hide homes that had been on the market for a long period of time.

Complaints with the Miami Association of Realtors are confidential.

Months later, Tomlinson met with Hertzberg to make the complaint disappear, the Miami Herald first reported. Tomlinson reportedly said the complaint would vanish if both of them paid him $250,000. If they refused, he threatened to take the complaint public. The Jills then went to the police, who then told Hertzberg to invite Tomlinson back with a $400,000 check. He reportedly asked for $800,000, but it was too late for Tomlinson.

Officers took him into custody at his Meridian Lofts penthouse on Miami Beach. During the arrest, which he reportedly resisted, Tomlinson reached for one of the officer’s guns and grabbed its handle, according to the Miami Beach Police Department. He was charged with two felony counts of extortion, resisting arrest and depriving an officer of means of protection.

Bruce Rubin, spokesperson for the Jills, issued the following statement to TRD:

“The MLS issue was absolutely unintentional. It had nothing to do with properties for sale; it only concerned off market, expired listings. Further, the board’s own rules call for being given notice and an opportunity to cure the matter. No such notice had yet been given,” the statement said.

Tomlinson told TRD on Tuesday that the arrest is “a distraction.” He said the listings that he claims the Jills altered had to be active because it’s “impossible to change data once it is expired.”

“Data integrity is very important to the real estate market,” Tomlinson said in a statement to TRD. “It is inaccurate to say that this has nothing to do with properties for sale, and there’s no way for someone to ‘unintentionally manipulate’ data. A data entry error is one thing, but these breaches were numerous, purposeful and unethical. It’s actually impossible for an agent or broker to change information once the listing is expired.”

Tomlinson told TRD the manipulations were to property identifiers, such as city, zip code and subdivision area so that the properties could not be found.

“All the properties listed in the MLS that were manipulated by the Jills were actively for sale at the time, and the number is significant. In 2014 alone, 30 active listings were manipulated, amounting to more than $228 million. There was a total of 353 data manipulations for an average of 11.76 manipulations per listing, according to findings in the MLS records,” he continued.

“This seems to me like a long-term, consistent manipulation for personal gain. I would characterize it as a Lance Armstrong meets Target-type data breach. I’ve never seen anything this offensive in my more than 20 years in the industry, including last year, when I served on the Miami Association of Realtors Residential Board of Governors,” he said in the statement.

Other Realtors in the community have rushed to Tomlinson’s defense since the incident. Esther Percal, a Realtor with EWM/Christie’s has questioned the arrest on her Facebook page.

“This is a simple case of, is Kevin extorting The Jills? Or are The Jills extorting Kevin? who obviously knows something worthy of discussing a substantial exchange of money!” Percal wrote as part of a long commentary. The post received 121 likes.

Said Rubin: “Our legal advisers believe that this was planned extortion scheme from the very beginning. … [When the Jills] became victims of a blackmail attempt, they did the right thing — they immediately called the authorities. When good people make an honest mistake, they do the right thing. Others choose extortion.”

  • cbard

    Just the fact that any agency manipulated so much data seems highly suspicious to me. The data input person would have to have been completely incompetent for so many changes to be “necessary,” especially since the MLS automates much data based on the tax folio number, if you let it. How would Tomlinson or anyone else even be able to count the changes after the fact?

    • southbeachrealestate

      Look for their listings. I saw them, well, because I have a brain and know how to USE the MLS. They are there, STILL for all to see. The Jills were the data entry “people.” They did change the auto-popped data.

      • Jeff

        So let’s say that you’re right about the Jills. I actually believe they did change the data. How do you explain the extortion by Tomlinson? Are the Police AND the Jills conspiring against him with a fabricated evil plan? Did he show up at her house twice just for coffee and a donation to his favorite charity? I guess locking the police out of your house and resisting arrest is an everyday occurrence in Miami…
        Let’s see how this comes out in a few months and then you can try to defend your boy again at that time…

        • Miami Broker

          Jeff you’re a fool troll and moreover a hypocrite. You said the board will fix the internal problem, and yet you also said neither party rarely wins, (hence the board does NOT fix problems) and yet you ALSO said “maintaining integrity of the data is not that serious”. Make up your mind, are you an ethical realtor or are you just Pro Jills? If you’ve been a panelist or served in any capacity there, clearly your bias is coming through on the side of the board, even though they get NOTHING done to enforce legit ethical complaints. Here comes an extreme analogy but it’s valid to make a point of your careless assumptions: Cops have shot innocent people in the back, and other numerous cases ongoing, and yet you’re so quick to assume that the police arrest reports as being completely accurate, no questions? I’m not saying Kevin didn’t screw up or handle things properly. That’s evident. But for you to ASSume police reports contain no exaggerations, is naive at best. There are 3 sides to every story, and Kevin has plenty of credible support. You are quick to rip Kevin, but you refuse to come down on the Jills for REPEATED unethical VIOLATIONS. Your Board, and members like you are much of the reason Jills like unethical violations continue. You aren’t credible, I doubt you’re ethical based on your position favoring the Jills and the board. As I said, you’re a Board-biased, Jills-biased fool.

          • Jeff

            Miami Broker – I don’t understand the name calling! Why do you call me a troll anyway? And why do YOU assume that I’m a fan of the Jills or the Board?? Read all of my posts…

            You misread my statements – let me correct you;

            – Yes I said the board should fix the problems but I also said that in these hearings “both sides rarely win” – meaning that most times there’s a perceived winner and a perceived loser between the complainant and respondent, no matter what the board decides. I did not say “neither party rarely wins..”

            – When I said that “Although important to maintain the integrity of our data it’s not nearly that serious of an offense and the MLS should fix the problem” … I was referring to Kevin’s assertion in his statement, i.e. Quote: “I would characterize it as a Lance Armstrong meets Target-type data breach”. I don’t think ANYONE would argue that what the Jills did was equal to the millions of credit card data and security theft & loss that occurred at Target. Would you??

            – As to the cops – there is the building manager as a witness to them entering Kevin’s apartment so let’s just see what the truth is. All you can go on right now is from the police report. Not the support from Kevin’s friends who weren’t there. That’s ridiculous to assert. Kevin purposely refused to open the door when they knocked, yelled that he wouldn’t open the door and fought them when they entered. What should the cops have done when trying to serve an arrest warrant? Please tell me sir! Should they have just accepted his refusal to comply and left the building? Really??

            – As to siding with the Jills – I have no allegiance to them and I’ve said in every post that they are probably guilty. If they are guilty then they too should have to face the consequences.

            – Finally – I have been around many ineffective MLS’s and Boards of Realtors, as a panelist, a complainant and a respondent and I’ve seen how they do very little in terms of discipline or enforcement. So we agree there. But that is the system that we have to work with. If you don’t like it then do something to get involved like I did years ago. I find that the people who don’t like what the board decides are on the losing side and just the opposite when they win a hearing. If the Jills are guilty of manipulating the data then they should be disciplined to the fullest extent.

          • southbeachrealestate

            You have NO idea of my evidence. How can you make those assumptions. You know what they say about that.

          • David C

            omg…is that Katherine Fernandez Rundle with a “Jill” and Robert Hertzberg. Cozy.

          • Jeff

            Oh and another thing – Kevin is the one accused of EXTORTION here!
            Let’s not forget what the focus of this story is all about. Kevin’s friends are just trying to spin the story to make him look like the victim. That’s a hell of lot more serious than the Jills changing status updates on the MLS. To use Kevin’s words… let’s call “a spade a spade”, OK?!

          • I think the real story here is there is a data breach in the MLS and two individuals are manipulating a luxury market. I’m dying for all of the evidence that the cops day they have to actually be disclosed. Right now, this is all way too speculative for me.

          • Jeff

            So Patrick – what will you do when the cops provide evidence that Kevin was extorting the Jills? Are you going to scream corruption by the police department? Are you going to say that it was cover up or entrapment? It’s clear you don’t want to believe your buddy got arrested committing a felony because it’s just too hard to believe the truth…

          • Jeff, what will you do when they don’t?

          • David C

            exactly…they have yet to provide ANY evidence of the “alleged” extortion…yet (per your comment).

          • David C

            Jeff,

            Anyone can be accused of anything! I can accuse you of anything right now. Plant something in your car…and buh bye now.
            I’ve read ALL the info…and what doesn’t make sense to me is that if Tomlinson were to extort the Jills, wouldn’t he have done it BEFORE filing the complaint? #justsayin

          • Exactly

          • David C

            It seems that Kevin’s alleged extortion is NOT the “real deal” here.. Long story short to move on to meatier subjects..the charges against him “allegedly” seem to be retribution for “not settling or bringing the case in the first place. Let’s deal in reality here.

          • Jeff

            David – IF retribution was the issue as Kevin claims then where is his proof? All we know is that detectives have enough evidence to charge him with a crime.

        • Grant Hollingsworth

          There was NO extortion by Tomlinson you moron.

          • Jeff

            Between Pattick, Miami Broker, JB Tee and you Grant, you are all so in love with your friend Kevin that you’ve become blind to the possibility that he could be guilty! All you can do is borrow from an overused playbook from the Leftwing, Gay, Liberals that use name calling to attack your opponents. Try something new for a change girls…

  • Jeff

    As a long time Realtor (28 years & 6 years on a MLS committee) I can tell you that the Jills probably did manipulate the MLS data on their listings to hide the fact that their properties didn’t sell. It is against the rules. Kevin & his attorneys are trying to spin this thing to make it look like a “Target” level breach and that’s a joke! Although important to maintain the integrity of our data it’s not nearly that serious of an offense and the MLS should fix the problem. This is an internal matter that the board will handle. It’s clear that Kevin was jealous of their success, obsessed enough to plot against them and really, really stupid (if true) to try to extort/blackmail them for revenge. The police appear to have a strong case against him. The penalties for the Jills’ action will have little repercussions or effect on the real estate industry in the long term but the actions of Tomlinson will destroy his career, as it should.

    • southbeachrealestate

      did you ever think Kevin may have a strong case against them? Kevin was phenomenally successful in his own right. you seem like a troll.

      • Jeff

        Please tell me how you’re going to spin the case against the Jills from Kevin’s point of view. He filed a complaint months ago and he probably wasn’t happy with the outcome. I’m sure the MLS Committee didn’t do what Kevin wanted and he was upset. I’ve been a panelist on these hearings and I’ve seen the rage and anger of the parties. Both sides rarely win. Somebody is always unhappy. It appears that his anger got the best of him. And I’m no troll. I have nothing for or against either side. I don’t know either party. Just looking at the story from an experienced Realtor’s point of view.

        • Everything you write is speculation. Where can you show me that the original complaint was addressed or finalized?

          For someone who accuses Kevin of trying to disguise himself up here (he wasn’t) under his account that he’s had for years, you are quite content to remain anonymous and logged in as a guest. Little hypocritical, no? Let’s see who you really are so we can scrutinize you as you are attempting to Kevin…. I’m betting you keep your antimony and continue to speculate and assume with zero facts, just hypotheses you’ve gotten from “news” outlets.

    • southbeachrealestate

      Not ONE real estate agent is or should be jealous of the Jills. It seems that Tomlinson has the support of the real movers and shakers as Esther Percal is NOT someone to mess with – and someone to respect.

      • Jeff

        Esther may be fond of him but most of the real estate community on Facebook have distanced themselves from him. Big agents tend to walk a fine line and their success breeds jealousy, like it or not. This stuff doesn’t happen out of thin air and the police detectives who set up the sting seem to have a strong case against him. Let’s wait and see the facts…

        • southbeachrealestate

          They don’t have a strong case…Have you seen the evidence?

        • Grant Hollingsworth

          BULL. Most agents know he’s been put through the mill. AND, most know that those women are guilty are sin.

        • David C

          Old Miami Beach cronyism at work! Dirty deeds done dirty cheap.

    • Grant Hollingsworth

      Whoever you are. You hate Kevin. That’s obvious.

      • Jeff

        Grant – I don’t hate Kevin. What I hate is the arrogance he has shown to many in the online community and on the (now deleted) posts here. How can HE be the victim when HE was trying to extort $800,000 from agents he disliked. it’s coming back to bite him in the ass. He’s in a Miami boatload of trouble… and his minions are blindly defending him.

        • JB Tee

          Because we have only The Jills – who have everything to lose if they have been manipulating MLS data for years to trust for the alleged extortion!

      • This is glaringly obvious Grant. I think Jill, I mean Jeff, has an ax to grind here.

        • Jeff

          Patrick – It’s easy to see by some of the comments you’ve left here and elsewhere that you have a special connection to Kevin. The fact is that he was on here earlier pretending to be another person (which he came out and admitted when caught), then he deleted all of his comments.
          And I really don’t have an axe to grind except that I think both the Jills and Kevin obviously hate each other and he took it way too far … and got caught. There would be no big story if he didn’t try to extort anyone or resist arrest and got beat up.
          You don’t seem to get that officers get killed all the time when they attempt to apprehend felons, especially when they scream at you from behind a locked door and you’re then forced to break in. That’s why 8 cops were there! I’m sure only 2 or 3 were there at the beginning but when he resisted they called back up. It’s a standard practice. Use your common sense.

          • David C

            Felons? Did you check his record? Whistle clean. As said in the news Tomlinson owns a Penthouse and didn’t seem to need money. Additionally, I did some googling: Are you aware Robert and Jill Hertzberg, who live on Sunset Island I (non-waterfront) are very good friends with the State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez Rundle? Cronyism? Am nothing here is refutable. Oooppssss. Who sends 8 officers at midnight for a white collar crime. http://www.socialmiami.com/socialeyes/Miami-Jewish-Federation-Pacesetter.asp WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOPSIE…

  • Jeff

    And let me add that Tomlinson probably signed a confidentiality statement when he originally brought the formal complaint to the the MLS Committee hearing. Now he breached that by going public to spin his bad deeds. That alone could be grounds to eject him from the Miami Association of Realtors. Although he’s had a long history with them they really don’t have a choice but to kick him out. Let’s see if the Association has the nerve to do what is right.

    • southbeachrealestate

      signed no such thing.

      • Jeff

        I’m pretty sure that when you filed your complaint you also signed a statement of confidentiality. Anyone reading this from the Miami Assn could clarify?

    • JB Tee

      Oh, please – you obviously have no experience with the board.

      • Jeff

        I have plenty of experience. Most large associations such as Miami and Los Angeles operate their hearings as outlined by the National Assn of Realtors. Policies are similar.
        If the MLS hearing that Kevin filed against the Jills took place months ago then the outcome has most likely already been decided. The decisions are final and confidential so even if the Jills broke the rules nobody gets to know about it. Some, including myself don’t always see the justice in that policy but it’s the rules. And all parties have to sign a confidentiality agreement barring the parties from telling anyone the outcome or decision.

        My guess is Kevin probably felt that they weren’t punished enough for their crimes.
        Maybe he was upset and decided to take matters into his own hands.

        • I’ll believe it when I see something from a third party. Right now it’s just the rantings of someone with a guest account. For all we know you are just some teenager with some time on your hands…..

          • Jeff

            You wouldn’t know me anyway but I’ve been a licensed broker in California for 28 years. I’ve run offices and been on several board committees including 6 years on the MLS Committee. Do I really sound like a teenager to you Patrick? I choose to use a guest account because I don’t want to be associated with this issue. Nothing good will come of it. Just playing it smart. When someone Googles your name, this issue will show up…
            Let’s see how this turns out

  • brokerbill

    Its really a shame because the Realtor Association complaint process is a joke. We have won in ethics complaints against other realtors/brokers and guess what happens?….NOTHING because you are not allowed to discuss the outcome of the case with anyone. The end result is a note in the losers file.. meanwhile they succeeded in smearing your name in public and you can’t even tell the public they were wrong. Can we change that?

  • A few questions:

    Did Tomlinson take any money? Who says it was asked for and not offered? Why was Tomlinson invited to the home of one of the Jills for a meeting to discuss the case in the first place? With no lawyers present? Sting or entrapment?

    Why were EIGHT armed law enforcement officers sent to Tomlinson’s home residence to execute a warrant for arrest on a white collar crime? Blackmail? Really? Why wouldn’t they simply reach out and give him 24 hours to surrender himself. He’s had no prior record, no violent offenses, small in physical stature, and lives in a luxury condo. Eight guys to arrest him? And they weren’t able to do it without messing up his face? Something doesn’t jive here….

    • Jeff

      Patrick – We’re not stupid. Quit trying to change the facts from the police report. Your friend Kevin set up the meeting. Why would the Jills offer so much money on a situation with the MLS that was confidential to the board? Why would they need to do that? And if you think someone should have had an attorney present then why didn’t Kevin bring his? And I just can’t wait until you learn in court that they have the whole thing on audio and video! Then how are you going to defend him?! You’re in serious denial….

      The likely reason there were 8 officers present is because Kevin wouldn’t open the door to them in the first place and they had to get the building manager to let them in. The police don’t know what they’re going to face on the other side of the door in a hostile situation like that so of course they call in backup.
      It just shows the arrogance of this individual to claim that he was the victim. He’s just digging a deeper hole for himself.

      • southbeachrealestate

        This IS Kevin and your info is false. Yeah, Jeff that is why I’m now the accuser.

        • Jeff

          I can’t wait to see what you say in court… I’ll be watching this as it progresses! LOL

      • Grant Hollingsworth

        He IS the victim.

        • Grant, I wouldn’t even engage Jeff. He’s clearly a troll hired by the Jills to try and put their spin on things. All of these allegations against Kevin are just that, allegations. The logic doesn’t line up on any of this. For a white collar crime you don’t need eight cops to serve an arrest warrant. And there certainly should have been no visible damage to the person you are serving that warrant on. It just makes no sense.

          The original article written by the Herald was EXTREMELY slanted and all of the other news channels picked it up and ran with it. Irresponsible without having anything but speculation. The latest article is less biased.

          The more that comes out the more I’m convinced this was retaliation for the complaint that was already filed. It’s an attempt to hurt the credibility of a professional with a spotless track record to bring doubt to a complaint that could cost both of the Jills their licenses and MILLIONS a year in future income. Don’t kid yourselves, you don’t get to make that kind of coin by not knowing the game.

          The courts will decide this and I’m confident that justice will be served – and swiftly…..

    • Grant Hollingsworth

      And WHY would someone as smart as Kevin extort-by check??? Really?
      a check???? NOPE.

      • Jeff

        Grant – I guess if the guy was dumb enough to try extortion in the first place then he’s willing to take a check. Who knows?!

        • Grant Hollingsworth

          No. Don’t think so. By the way, how much do those two nice old ladies pay you?

  • Miami Broker

    Jeff you’re a fool troll and moreover a hypocrite. You said the board
    will fix the internal problem, and yet you also said neither party
    rarely wins, (hence the board does NOT fix problems) and yet you ALSO
    said “maintaining integrity of the data is not that serious”. Make up
    your mind, are you an ethical realtor or are you just Pro Jills? If
    you’ve been a panelist or served in any capacity there, clearly your
    bias is coming through on the side of the board, even though they get
    NOTHING done to enforce legit ethical complaints. Here comes an extreme
    analogy but it’s valid to make a point of your careless assumptions:
    Cops have shot innocent people in the back, and other numerous cases
    ongoing, and yet you’re so quick to assume that the police arrest
    reports as being completely accurate, no questions? I’m not saying
    Kevin didn’t screw up or handle things properly. That’s evident. But for
    you to ASSume police reports contain no exaggerations, is naive at
    best. There are 3 sides to every story, and Kevin has plenty of credible
    support. You are quick to rip Kevin, but you refuse to come down on
    the Jills for REPEATED unethical VIOLATIONS. Your Board, and members
    like you are much of the reason Jills like unethical violations
    continue. You aren’t credible, I doubt you’re ethical based on your
    position favoring the Jills and the board. As I said, you’re a
    Board-biased, Jills-biased fool.

    • Jeff

      Miami Broker – see my response to this post below.

  • Katherine

    @ Jeff: BREAKING NEWS: Interesting discovery. @southbeachrealestate:disqus is actually Kevin Tomlinson. If you go to Kevin’s website and click on his blog (links to both below), you are brought to southbeachrealestateblog
    http://www.kevintomlinson.com/
    http://www.southbeachrealestateblog.com/

    Looks like Kevin Tomlinson is the true troll, dishonestly posting from under his bridget

    • southbeachrealestate

      You were smoked, hun.

    • Jeff

      LOL! You’re kidding!! Thanks for telling me! I’m on the west coast so I don’t know the players at all – only from what I read. He’s been responding to my posts this morning as somebody else! What a fool! I have no idea what a troll is in this arena but I’m sure you’re right! HA HA!! Just shows you what a coward and an idiot he really is – gloves off! Why should we respect anything that comes out of his mouth when he hides behind another identity! LOSER!

      • southbeachrealestate

        Who needs a west coaster’s uninformed opinion. Be gone.

  • southbeachrealestate

    Breaking news… someone can defend themselves. I’m not hiding @katherine.

  • southbeachrealestate

    Hey @katherine thanks for those links. You know what that does for my Google placement in the serps. You just did me a huge favor. Wink.

  • Jeff

    Wow! All of Kevin’s posts were just deleted. He probably wasn’t helping his case…

  • David C

    It seems like most of you are uneducated big mouths. I am a realtor in Miami and I have followed the bird crumbs to the trove of manipulated listings. I bet a FREC complaint is next up for Tomlinson.

    • JB Tee

      For what? It was The Jills that are accused of MLS violations -HUNDREDS!

  • David C

    Further…I’m reading all these comments carefully– some of the commenters make facts out of the “alleged extortion claims.” Just from what I see on the news SO frequently, If the Tomlinson guy would have reached for a gun…I would think the MBPD with their horrible reputation for being incompetent, would have shot him or at least tasered him. That would make it more believable to me. These are my comments….and I don’t want anyone calling me names as I don’t engage in any of that foolishness. Just my thoughts.

    • Grant Hollingsworth

      David – The story is so full of holes, it’s almost ridiculous. The Miami Beach police we all know, would have shot at someone trying to get their gun.

  • Jeff

    Why didn’t they use THIS picture?

  • @TheTruth

    To all participating in this discussion and have access to the MLS. Do a search for expired listings anywhere and any price. Then randomly choose on of those expired listings. Next locate the history of the listing and pay close attention to the (A) active status and any status changes after that. You will find that there are multiple violations of the same sort of violations the Jills are reportedly being accused of. In my opinion, the real criminal in this case is the board of realtors. They take countless amounts of money from all agents (like the mafia) and do not do jack for it. The MLS fees are well invested in my opinion. These board of realtor morons need to enforce the rules on everyone not just the high end and well connected realtors who decide to charge hundreds of thousands in commissions to do the same *hit as a median priced home. What Kevin (reportedly) committed is not smart and if true will be dealt with accordingly. What the Jill’s (reportedly) did was manipulate data that who cares if it was to hide a listing or not. That is why there are rules in the MLS board that are there for attorneys to interpret and bring about a law suit against the real criminals here (The Miami Association of Realtors). The cops were just doing their job in arresting who ever they needed that day. Whether or not Kevin resisted arrest is irrelevant to this story. The key points to remember here is that nothing has been confirmed or denied. Just rumors backed by an arrest gone wrong. It is too soon to determine who is right or wrong in this case. All I know is that this data corruption happens every day and the board does not do anything about it. Its is interesting to see how much people in this forum have to say with regard to a case that is based on pure hear say backed by a police arrest. All in all, next time you are working with a buyer and you come across some ahole listing agent that does not respond to you for days. Or better yet, you run into a listing that is still active for days and even weeks after the listing agent verbally confirms that the property has been sold and is pending status. Don’t try to call the association since they will take the complaint and wipe their lazy ass with it. Instead hire an attorney; assist them with compiling MLS records and obtaining recorded conversations, emails, etc. This way, attorney’s can legally enforce the mls rules on your behalf and not the board. Try to schedule 5 showing appointments this coming weekend. You will find that there are so many lazy, unethical realtors in Miami. This is not just my opinion. By the time I get to know my clients (buyers in particular) I hear the same thing regarding status discrepancies. “I spoke to the listing agent and they said it is still available” “Can you check to see if this property is available? I have tried contacting the listing agent with no response” “Another agent told me that the property is off the market”. The more deliberate data manipulation, the worst and less effective our MLS becomes. So for all those realtors out there that don’t give a f*ck about your mls listing statuses; those who think that changing the status to benefit your marketing or other objectives; those who are out to lunch for the majority of the day and do not attend to your listings; and to those agents who got their license out of a cereal box; keep doing what you are doing because other agents like myself love to show them the difference between an ethical realtor who is in this business to help people Vs a lazy unethical realtor who does not care about our industry.

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