Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author  (people first...then business Ran Right Realty )

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Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

When I share (give) opinions, I usually clarify how I know what I am sharing. If it is of a somewhat legal, accounting, medical, other -- I say, they should contact them for the best advice.

Apr 19, 2020 07:19 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Opinions and data are different. We should always testify to the data. Any opinions need to be couched as such.

Apr 19, 2020 08:00 AM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

Our opinions should always be accompanied by disclosures that they are our opinions based upon our experience...   Often less is more when sharing opinions.  IMHO.  lol

Apr 19, 2020 07:52 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I agree, especially since the so-called experts are just making guesses most of the time anyways, haha.

Apr 19, 2020 07:09 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

While reading your quesstion - I am reminded of a lesson learned a long time ago:  Cite the source.  

Apr 19, 2020 07:43 AM
Marie Story
Coldwell Banker - Pinecrest (Miami) - Pinecrest, FL
Broker Associate, Pinecrest (Miami) Specialist

I think we should just say what we know is right - and nothing else. 


Apr 19, 2020 07:35 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Some are experts, many are not, having a 72 hour license does not make a person a professional or an expert.

It it up to each of us to continue to learn and grow if we want to achieve either of these categories.

Apr 19, 2020 09:35 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I would disagree, but only on the "near" part.  Given that we are professionals in the field and have "more knowledge than the common person" we are considered experts in the eyes of the courts.  To the public, we should be as well.  I've given BPOs for a court case before.

Apr 19, 2020 09:33 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

I share what I know but then explain I am not an attorney, mortgage officer, tax accountant or any other specialty of Real Estate so, they should also check with the appropriate expert in that particular subject matter 

Apr 19, 2020 09:04 AM
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

No, we are "experts" only in the real estate arena and never should we step outside of that.  We are not financial experts, builders, inspectors, lawyers, doctors nor indian chiefs!  Opinions are just that, opinions not facts.

Apr 19, 2020 08:31 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Clear and concise rules when lending opinions. To prevent trouble, referring to sources for certain information is also expected and accepted.

Apr 19, 2020 07:43 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The world is filled with self-proclaimed "experts" many of which cannot find their arse with both hands. Opinions?  Who does not have at least one on any given subject? Always vet an option. Research. Go to the Source for validation/verification. 

I stay in my own lane of real estate. Anything outside of that, legal, tax, accounting, construction, you name it - get pointed in the direction of someone licensed and qualified to answer/help. 

We serve no one by pretending to be the know-all, be-all, end-all. 

Apr 19, 2020 09:58 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Some things are a matter of perspective and opinion. Others do have a right and wrong answer. 

Apr 19, 2020 09:33 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I am an expert in my market, therefore a trusted advisor & a voice of value.

I'm also Irish/Italian, so I'll tell you whether you ask or not. 😅😂🤣

Apr 19, 2020 09:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We here "experts" all the time, but still have to question some.

Apr 19, 2020 07:55 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Ron was asked to testify at a trial as an expert witness, and he did.  The trial dealt in commercial real estate, and his testimony was taken into account by the judge.  A

Apr 19, 2020 10:07 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I stay in my lane of 'expertise' and recommend the professionals outside of my practice...and I disclose, disclose, disclose!!

Apr 19, 2020 10:10 PM
Tony Lewis
Summit Real Estate Group - Valencia, CA
Summit Real Estate Group Valencia & Aliso Viejo

We are licensed by the state and federal government.  No Realtor should ever forget that we are experts and fiduciaries and held to a higher standard.  Testify to only what you are 100% sure of though.

Apr 19, 2020 09:28 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I prefer to verify opinions

Apr 19, 2020 12:40 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Just was put on a Maine Tourism panel and you tell it like it is from the local turf perspective. Parts of a state or even county can be oh so different in what is happening real estate market wise Richie Alan Naggar ! Trust your local real estate professional who lives, breathes, eats everything local and knows his or her way around like you do in your market! Make your information source live and local fresh and accurate.

Apr 19, 2020 11:59 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

I am not sure I agree with the near expert term.  I am an expert in some things and not at all in others.  I do have opinions but label them as opinions.  I don't offer legal advice, or accounting advice.  I speak the truth, to include the answer, "I don't know".  that is an area that i do not have any experience in,  

Apr 19, 2020 10:53 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

"When called up one should testify to what they know.."

One must assess the intent of the one asking the question. For example, Richie, answer "Yes Or NO, are you off the Cocaine?" Clearly manipulation is the intent.

However, the one asking may actually be seeking guidance for imminent action. In most cases the questioner already has the information and in most cases have a plan they  intend to take.  The one providing the response can 'repeat what the questioner already knows' or offer something useful. 

I DON"T KNOW if those four guys hanging on the corner at 2AM  are going to mug you but I would testify it to be a great idea not to find out today. That is wise and actionable and useful opinion. Lacking a cited source does not make the adivse invalid.

There most certainly IS a right and wrong but in a society who lives on the slippery slope of relative morality, right and wrong is hard for them to discern.


Apr 19, 2020 09:29 AM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Slippery slope... we get enough of that from idiot pundits.

Apr 20, 2020 07:32 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

In an effort to clarify my thinking I am ordering gourmet ice cream. Nancy's brain freeze, although I don't think she needs the ice cream, intrigues me. I want to experience stupid thinking!

Apr 20, 2020 06:12 AM
Greg Cremia
Shore Realty of the Outer Banks - Nags Head, NC

There is and always will be a right and a wrong. Sometimes it takes a court to get some people to understand this!

Apr 20, 2020 05:06 AM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

When I worked on Wall Street- I was accustomed to working with SME's - Subject Matter Experts. In the 4 years I have worked in real estate, I rarely come across professionals that qualify as subject matter experts. It's also a matter of priorities- since we are concentrating on sales and often difficult to pivot away. I have made it my business to ensure that I am an expert- and while their is still much for me to learn, I often have senior agents that want to consult with my "expert" opinion.

May 19, 2020 07:04 AM