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I anxiously read the article “What Are Your Team Leaders Not
Telling You?” (May/June 2016, page 32) hoping for a reality
check about responsibility. Though the article points out irreg-
ularities in the team management styles
of some brokerages, it never addressed
the ultimate responsibility of the broker.
Let’s not forget that the team leader is a
sub-agent of the broker by definition. To say
team leaders don’t want to be brokers is
fine; however, that means they still have to
follow someone else’s rules to do business
and can’t whine about interference, recog-
nition for those never mentioned publicly, or anything else. That
structure by its very nature makes the team leader accountable
to the broker and for the recognition of its members. Admon-
ishing the broker is not warranted. Some are fair, and I imagine,
some are not. Pick the one whose policies reflect your team’s
thinking and go from there. If you want to run the show, go be a
broker-owner and your view might change.
Adrea Nairne, Innovative Real Estate Strategies, Las Vegas
Not a Child’s Job
Regarding “A Child Ahead of Her Time” (In the Trenches, March/
April 2016, page 40), it is important that children of deaf parents
or family members not be utilized to “interpret” or facilitate
communications between an agent and deaf clients. This can
present potential legal issues. Could a 9-year-old child fully
grasp and understand the concepts discussed in contracts? We
are duty-bound to provide communication access by appropriate and qualified means as stated under the Americans with
Disabilities Act and the REALTORS® Code of Ethics.
REALTORS® who encounter deaf clients and cannot communicate readily need to consider options such as hiring a qualified
sign language interpreter or using electronic communication
that involves typing on a device. They can also use subsidized
video relay services for calls or refer them to another REALTOR®
who can communicate using American Sign Language.
Jerald M. Cohen, Keller Williams Real Estate, Doylestown, Pa.
The profile of 30 Under 30 honoree Shari Anhorn incorrectly
identified the college she attended (May/June 2016, page 27).
The broker from Minot, N. D., won a scholarship from Minnesota
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Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2016
FROM STYLED, STAGED AND SOLD Traditional, contemporary, and
transitional styles are still the most popular kitchen designs, but
industrial and farmhouse are popping up.
Docking and charging stations for kitchens are popular in my
area, and I’ve seen some interesting fridges too, including one
with a tablet inserted in the door so people can look at recipes.
Mary O’Neil, Benchmark Realty, Nashville, Tenn.
What a great idea to use a pocket door to keep kids and critters
Brooke Collins, Home Staging MD, Baltimore
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