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Can you do BPO's in your state?

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Doing a Broker Price Opinion in Hawaii

Can you do Broker Price Opinions in your state?  Do you get paid for it?  Is it legal?  Have you checked lately? 

With the recent spotlight on Appraisers and appraisals, a closer look has been taken at the rules.  The fact that Hawaii Realtors are prohibited from charging for this service surprised a lot of people.

Here in Hawaii we are governed by Hawaii Association of Realtors(HAR) rules.  HAR 16- 114- 74 specifically states that we must not recieve payment for doing a BPO.

Sure, we can still provide this service to banks or their asset managers in the case of foreclosures, but we are not to be paid.  So we do it in hopes of getting the listing, provided that:

  • The opinion as to the listing price or the purchase price shall not be referred to as an appraisal; or
  • No compensation, fee, or other consideration is charged for such an opinion other than the normal brokerage fee rendered in connection with the sale of the property; or
  • No representation is made that the real estate broker or salesperson is a certified or licensed real estate appraiser.
  • In any case, if you're a buyer or seller of a Maui home, I can still help you to make an educated decision about what a home might sell for, and what the real estate market is doing.  Don't hesitate to contact me and get my opinion if you need help buying or selling on Maui.

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    Comment balloon 8 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • May 01 2009 04:40PM


    I do BPO's here in Tennessee and it is legal and I get paid!

    Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) about 10 years ago

    Georgina, In Maryland we cannot perform BPO's. We can perform CMA's which contain specific legal wording. I'm not positive that this isn't just a distinction without real meaning. Rich

    Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 10 years ago

    When I was in Arizona we could do them but not get paid for doing them.  I am not sure what the regulations are here in MI.  They sure are a lot of work.

    Posted by Cherry Wings Realty, Your Traverse City Michigan Realtor (Cherry Wings Realty) about 10 years ago

    Mike - good for you, at least you can get paid for the work

    Richard - that sounds about right

    Christine - you might want to check on that, or just avoid them altogether

    Have a great weekend!

    Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

    I heard that the Appraisal Institute is being proactive in putting an end to BPOs because the Institute thinks it's just another form of an appraisal. I think they have a case. After all, a rose by any other name is still a rose.

    Posted by Not a real person about 10 years ago


    Does anyone know if it is legal for us to do bpos, and get paid for them in North Carolina?  Any info would be appreciated.  I do not ever want to break the law, but if it is legal, I would like to do some.

    thanks in advance!

    Posted by Ginger Moore (Wilkinson & Associates Realty) about 10 years ago

    Russel I can see how licensed appraisers would be upset about it.  On the other hand, Realtors can do it as part of the listing package.

    Ginger I hope you can find out.  Have you asked your state association?

    Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) about 10 years ago

    Hi everyone,

    I have not asked the state association; however I got an e-mail from my brokerage saying that it is not allowed at this time by realtors to do bpos for money in my area Charlotte/Gastonia NC.  This was apparently discussed in the Real Estate Bulletin, that I did not get.  Since my brokerage asked us not to do them, I will abide.    I had just done some, and was off to a great start, but will not do anymore, until they tell us we can.  I would not  jeopardize my licenses for this.  I really miss it already!    Apparently only appraisers can do them in my area, for money. thanks so much everyone, for your information!


    Posted by Ginger Moore (Wilkinson & Associates Realty) about 10 years ago

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