On February 6, 2008 Gregg Malawer, Esq. of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division located in Washington, DC received an answer regarding his correspondence to the New York Secretary of State Cortes-Vazquez, dated December 5, 2007, inquiring as to whether real estate brokers may offer and pay rebates to clients.
This answer was provided by Whitney A. Clark, Associate Attorney (New York): "Real Property Law section 442 prohibits real estate brokers from sharing commissions obtained as a result of a real estate transaction with individuals or corporations who are unlicensed. The purpose of this prohibition is to prevent licensees from compensating unlicensed individuals for services rendered that would otherwise require a real estate license. Insofar as the statutory intent of Real Property Law section 442 is to discourage unlicensed activity, offering cash or promotional gifts, such as a cash rebate, in order to attract a new customer or client does not run afoul of the statute."
I was asked if I do R. E. rebates. My answer: No.
This is the only answer I have because it is a simple, straight forward yes or no question. Sort of like asking a vendor "Do you take credit cards?" and they either answer "yes" or "no."
Do I take credit cards? Yes, I do (so do the four firms I am an independent contractor for - LOL). ;-)
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