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Is it a TCPA violation to call about a for sale by owner real estate listing?

As an agent, you may contact a seller marketing a for sale by owner (FSBO) property about your client’s potential interest in purchasing the property, even if that seller’s number is on the National Do Not Call (DNC) Registry. The pitfall is that as a buyer’s representative, you may only discuss your client’s interest in the property. You cannot use your client’s interest as a way to solicit the listing. Doing so puts you in violation of DNC regulations.

Do TCPA and DNC regulations apply to the real estate industry?

There is an assumption that because real estate agents are independent contractors that Do Not Call (DNC) and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulations do not apply to them.

Big businesses are often seen in the spotlight for being violators of these statutes and individuals may think that their actions will go unnoticed by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulators—these assumptions are false.

Compliance is mandatory for real estate agents.