ED Magedson – Founder
Mike Benton6301 NW 5th Way Suite 4500 Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Mike Benton Adam StephensRealtyFire Group/Charles Rutenberg Realty unethical real estate practices Fort Lauderdale Florida
I recently worked for this company and found unprofessionalism, unethical practices and illegal real estate practices.
In one instance the agent Mike Benton submitted a contract to our seller for signature. It was a buyer that we acquired for one of our listings therefore he was representing both parties. In order to get the buyer to agree to the contract he added 4300 in seller concessions and then advised me to send to the seller for signature. At no point did he ever disclose these seller concessions and when I asked about it he told me just to send it for digital signature, full knowing that the seller would in no way read the contract and just sign. Of course through the process the seller realized this and was very angry.
When I started with the company many of the agents were unlicensed. In particular, one admin person was sent on 95% of all showings which I just learned was illegal in my renewal class. I did make the admin person aware of what I had just learned however this continued.
All fees must always be disclosed however in most cases a transaction fee was never disclosed yet I was instructed on every settlment statement to advise the title agent to put one in anyway.
This agency does nothing really to promote a seller's home rather they just take the listing and hope it sells. Because of the above and much more, I left the company.
If I were you I would stay away from anything relating to Mike Benton, Adam Stephens or Realty Fire,
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/04/2014 07:28 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Mike-Benton/Fort-Lauderdale-Florida-33309/Mike-Benton-Adam-StephensRealtyFire-GroupCharles-Rutenberg-Realty-unethical-real-estate-1128118. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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