Unfortunately, we encounter false advertising daily. False advertising refers to deceptive or misleading ads and commercials that fail to showcase a product’s or service’s genuine attributes.
Ads play a significant part in our lives. They inform us, product consumers, about a specific item’s features. Besides, they affect us in our purchasing decisions. Nevertheless, these advertisements can sometimes be far-fetched, incorrect, unreliable, thus misleading.
Illustrations and descriptions presented therein might not match the provided services or available goods. In short, they showcase reality in a distorted way. In addition, the merchandise does not have the aspects and characteristics they claim to possess, which can harm, for instance, our health. These characteristics may refer to a product’s ingredients and actual size. Frequently, you can learn about the exact price that contains additional fees not included in the ad.
We must carefully examine the products’ labels, quality, and price as a precaution. Besides, we must search for reviews online or otherwise before buying them. As citizens, we have the right to get valid and unambiguous information for any item we wish to purchase. Moreover, we can request additional detailed information from the salesperson, business association, and the home seller. All selling agents have to provide product descriptions that do not mislead customers.
Once they discover the existence of a false advertisement, businesses and sellers must correct misunderstandings and offer satisfactory reimbursements for wronged customers. Let’s suppose an agent presents a service, real estate, or a product in an erroneous, thus deceitful manner. Then customers have the right to report the case to the consumer protection agency or other authorities in charge.
Authorities can enforce businesses to take down or correct misleading ads. The official course can also lead to sanctioning the company if deemed necessary. Please consult the ASEAN Committee on Consumer Protection (ACCP) website for further information!
Local real estate agents and brokers employ advertisements to attract more property sellers and buyers. Sometimes, they resort to misleading information to take advantage of potential customers’ inexperience. Nevertheless, they must respect state and federal laws regarding false advertising. Otherwise, victims of false advertising and real estate fraud can sue the party who harmed them. Generally, the aggrieved party will recover, at least, any financial losses in the process.
In real estate, the definition of false advertising means any form of online publicity or offline ads meant to and resulting in potential clients’ misinformation. Therefore, it may define falsehood and fabrication of a property’s incorrect aspects. Besides, hiding particular details about a house constitutes false advertising. A house presentation should cover square footage,size, structure, and history of improvements. Most importantly, it should showcase the property’s roofing, plumbing, fencing, and foundation in a realistic fashion.
Let’s see some examples of misleading advertising in real estate. A house seller markets or publicizes their property deceptively, disclosing incorrect information on purpose. Secondly, an agent can entice a buyer with an attractive deal. Later, the same agreement proves manufactured, and it does not comply with reality. Often, the price goes higher than initially presented. This questionable practice is what agents call the ‘bait and switch strategy. Many jurisdictions have labeled it unethical and deemed it illegal.
Another example is when the seller or agent unleashes the inner poet within and starts advertising a property using exaggerations, metaphors, and fancy descriptions. The presentation is meant to color the real estate’s price and excellence in each scenario. For sure, the narrative does not confirm reality.
Besides federal and state laws, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) outlines a definitive Code of Ethics to safeguard client protection and acceptable business practices. Most precisely, Article 12 prescribes all real estate advertisements to be factually accurate. Additionally, realtors must disclose their brokerage’s name when advertising.
In the end, the foundation of it allshould be the trust shared between the agent and their clients.