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REALTORS® Confidence Index Survey: March 2018 Highlights

By | April 23rd, 2018|NAR|

The REALTORS® Confidence Index (RCI) survey gathers monthly information from REALTORS® about local real estate market conditions, characteristics of buyers and sellers, and issues affecting homeownership and real estate transactions.[1] This report presents key results about market transactions from March 2018. View and download the full report here. [2] Market Conditions and Expectations The REALTORS® [...]

What It’s Like to be Evicted

By | April 23rd, 2018|NAR|

It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be evicted, perhaps because the impacts of evictions are so wide-ranging. Household items are put on the curb and lost if the evictee can’t afford a storage unit. Having an eviction on one’s record makes it harder to rent a decent place to live. Constant movement to [...]

Hot Home Trend: Vertical Gardens

By | April 23rd, 2018|NAR|

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to add some greenery or a garden to a backyard but tight on space? Try a vertical garden. By going up with your plants instead of spreading them out, you’ll be able to squeeze a garden in even the smallest of spots. Vertical gardens are considered a hot [...]

What We’re Reading: April 16-20

By | April 20th, 2018|NAR|

Property, technology, and bookbinding. Thinking about buying a second home? Consider one of these U.S. cities. How did we take aerial photographs before we had drones? We turned to these guys obviously. German Blanco/flickr/2010 Check out this chart showing how technology changed over the last 150 years. Can’t wrap your head around how a home [...]

Membership Trademark Logo/Term REALTOR

By | April 20th, 2018|Legal FAQs|

In general, the NAR trademark can be used with a member's name. So if your name is Jane Smith and you are a member then using JSmith.realtor is acceptable. The usual misuse is using an adjective with the trademark term. Misuse: SouthCarolinaBestREALTOR https://www.nar.realtor/membership-marks-manual The Same Rules Apply to Use of the MARKS on the Internet [...]

One Idea to Avoid Earnest Money Disputes

By | April 18th, 2018|Legal FAQs|

Use SCR311 due diligence addendum and write in a number of business days for the due diligence period (e.g. 10 business days after the effective date). Using SCR310 residential contract, Section 5 Earnest Money state the earnest money amount shall be paid within a number of business days in excess of the due diligence period [...]

Behave in Listings! Or Else! Buyers/Tenants/REALTORS(R)/Sellers/Landlords/Inspectors

By | April 18th, 2018|Legal FAQs|

Here is the typical legal hotline response to surveillance in listings (cameras and microphones). First, this issue is not settled in statute nor case law. So, proper disclosure of surveillance (audio/visual) is a way to help manage risk and help avoid becoming the test case. SCR posts a sign that premises are under visual/camera surveillance. [...]

Can an EU Rule Impact Your Real Estate Business? It Might

By | April 18th, 2018|NAR|

What authority does the European Union have over your real estate business? That’s a tricky question, but an E.U. rule that takes effect next month could end up affecting your business in some manner. That’s because any European that comes to your web site to browse listings will be covered by what’s called the GDPR. [...]

Fair Housing Pledge

By | April 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

REALTOR® Fair Housing Declaration I agree to: · Provide equal professional service without regard to the race, color, religion, gender (sex), disability (handicap), familial status, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity of any prospective client, customer, or of the residents of any community. · Keep informed about fair housing law and practices, improving my [...]