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When Landlords and their Law Firm Want to Deny Service Animals and Comfort Animals and Emotional Support Animals

By | October 15th, 2018|Legal FAQs|

When a landlord and their law firm want to deny an animal for a disabled potential tenant, here are some issues. These types of animals are not to be considered pets and not to be subject to "no pets" and pet fees and pet rents and pet deposits. NAR White Paper on this issue: https://realtorparty.realtor/state-local-issues/issues/issues/fair-housing-ada-reasonable-accommodations-with-service-animals [...]

Admin Fees, Be Able to Justify, Put into Signed Document Agreements

By | October 12th, 2018|Legal FAQs|

US Supreme Court case: https://magazine.realtor/sites/realtormag.realtor.org/files/Decision-Quicken.pdf Don't charge junk fees. Justify your fees. MLS rules require unconditional offers of compensation to cooperating participants. Lawyer drafted agreements signed outside of MLS and agreed between brokerages can control compensation. Posted by : Byron King on 10/12/18 (This information is only accurate as of 10/12/18. You must contact SCR [...]

August 2018 Housing Affordability Index

By | October 12th, 2018|NAR|

At the national level, housing affordability is up from last month but down from a year ago. Mortgage rates rose to 4.78 percent this August, up 14.1 percent compared to 4.19 percent a year ago. Housing affordability declined from a year ago in August moving the index down 8.3 percent from 153.9 to 141.2. The [...]

The Art of Follow Up: Effective Follow-up Communication Techniques

By | October 12th, 2018|NAR|

Strategic outreach, whether by phone, email or text, is key to building rapport and credibility with prospects, staying top of mind in the search for a home, and encouraging clients to follow through with the sale. But outreach, by itself, doesn’t close deals. If you’re contacting leads regularly, but still having trouble reaching your sales [...]

What We’re Reading–October 7-October 12

By | October 12th, 2018|NAR|

Self-destructing art, a giant pumpkin, Christmas sweaters, the Rage Cage, the Internet of Things, a very detailed map and much more compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist. Self-destructing art–wait, what, why? Here’s the update. A giant pumpkin from Oregon. Are you a time realist? Gareth Simpson/flickr/2008 What is erupting besides water from a [...]

Realtors® Applaud Senate Passage of 2018 WRDA Bill

By | October 10th, 2018|NAR|

WASHINGTON (October 10, 2018) – National Association of Realtors® President Elizabeth Mendenhall, a sixth-generation Realtor® from Columbia, Missouri and CEO of RE/MAX Boone Realty, issued the following statement after the Senate today voted to pass S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. “America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 ensures the U.S. Army Corps of [...]

Small Business ADA Primer from US Govt

By | October 10th, 2018|Legal FAQs|

https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/smallbusiness/smallbusprimer2010.htm Posted by : Byron King on 10/10/18 (This information is only accurate as of 10/10/18. You must contact SCR for updates and changes to this information after 10/10/18 as laws and regulations may change over time. SCR 803-772-5206 or email info at screaltors.org)

Transaction Brokerage and Limited Confidentiality

By | October 9th, 2018|Legal FAQs|

Dear Teena Transaction Brokerage limited confidentiality does help the brokerage with risk management after a failed listing presentation. Say a brokerage fails to get the listing but during the listing presentation the seller blurts out the seller's motivation to sell (e.g. job transfer, new child, marriage, divorce) and or seller's bottom price (e.g. listed at [...]