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2.5 Hours Ethics By December 31, 2024 for All Members

By |2024-02-12T15:27:15-05:00February 12th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

NAR has online free hours and CE hours. https://www.nar.realtor/about-nar/governing-documents/code-of-ethics/code-of-ethics-training NAR's Board of Directors approved a change to the Code of Ethics training requirement, extending it from every two years to every three years. This extends the current cycle deadline from March 1, 2022, to Dec. 31, 2024. REALTORS® are required to complete ethics training of [...]

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Cindy Creamer is named 2023 South Carolina REALTOR(R) of the Year

By |2024-02-12T14:21:51-05:00February 12th, 2024|Press|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sharon Delia Stone (803) 772-5206 COLUMBIA, S.C. (February 12, 2024) — South Carolina REALTOR® (SCR) member and Hilton Head Realtor® Cindy Creamer has been named the association’s 2023 REALTOR® of the Year. The announcement was made during SCR’s annual Awards Gala and Installation of Officers in December. The South Carolina REALTOR® [...]

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NAR Window to the Law on TCPA

By |2024-02-12T13:54:22-05:00February 12th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

Currently, NAR reports that NAR in the process of working on a TCPA update Window to the Law to be released in the near future. In the meantime, here is some practical guidance for members that comes to mind: Brokerages should consider adopting a TCPA/Do-Not-Call Registry policy and train their salespersons and staff on the [...]

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License Law Bill

By |2024-02-05T16:26:23-05:00February 5th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/query.php?search=DOC&searchtext=4754&category=LEGISLATION&session=125&conid=37998232&result_pos=0&keyval=1254754&numrows=10 Posted by: Byron King on 02/05/24 (This information is only accurate as of 02/05/24. You must contact SCR for updates and changes to this information after 02/05/24 as laws and regulations may change over time. SCR 803-772-5206 or email info at screaltors.org or email byron at screaltors.org) This information is not legal advice. This [...]

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Risk Management: Marketing Calls, Texts, Emails, Robocalls, Robotexts, Lead Generation Services

By |2024-02-05T15:17:50-05:00February 5th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

Be careful! Homeowners get upset about getting marketing calls, especially robocalls and that can lead to complaints being filed. Brokerages should have policies and lawyer risk management and brokerage do not call registry for when your agents are told to never call. Ensure your defense trial lawyers look at your agreements with lead generation services [...]

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HOA Complaint Report from SC Govt

By |2024-02-01T10:10:31-05:00February 1st, 2024|Legal FAQs|

2024 Homeowners Association Complaint Report Released   COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is releasing the 2024 Homeowners Association (HOA) Complaint Report. The Report is a compilation of data from complaints received January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023. Some of the highlights include: The 2024 report contains information from [...]

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SC Pollution Control Act

By |2024-01-30T10:02:30-05:00January 30th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t48c001.php SECTION 48-1-90. Causing or permitting pollution of environment prohibited; remedies. (A)(1) It is unlawful for a person, directly or indirectly, to throw, drain, run, allow to seep, or otherwise discharge into the environment of the State organic or inorganic matter, including sewage, industrial wastes, and other wastes, except in compliance with a permit issued [...]

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Top Ten Hotlines December 2023

By |2024-01-26T12:35:15-05:00January 26th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

1. Forms 2. Other 3. Compensation 4. License law 5. Professionalism (ethics, arbitration, complaints, mediation) 6. Due diligence 7. Advertising 8. Broker in Charge BIC and office management 9. Earnest money 10.Agency Thanks to Shantee Albin CSR for the SCR legal hotline. Thanks to Alan Leichtle CFO/COO for the SCR & SCR legal hotline Zoho [...]

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NAR Independent Contractor Status

By |2024-01-25T00:05:07-05:00January 25th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

https://www.nar.realtor/videos/window-to-the-law/independent-contractor-status-update Use an independent contractor agreement. https://www.screaltors.org/wp-content/uploads/Forms/501.pdf Have lawyer drafted compensation agreements and separation agreements. Let independent contractors set their own work schedule (e.g., no required desk time) and provide their own work tools (e.g., car, phone, computer). Never refer to independent contractors as employees. The less brokerage control over the independent contractor while in [...]

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Legal Advocacy Win

By |2024-01-24T17:39:11-05:00January 24th, 2024|Legal FAQs|

SCR assisted a 6% assessment ratio taxpayer argue that they can file for their ATI discount at any time prior to the county reassessing all properties. The administrative deadline is before January 31 each year. SCR assisted the taxpayer's win in the SC Court of Appeals with a friend of the court brief filed. Recently, [...]

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