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4 Reasons Why You Need a Social Media Policy for Your Real Estate Brokerage

Recent research shows 72% of Americans use some form of social media. This is a significant increase of 67% since the Pew Research Center began tracking social media adoption in 2005. The most commonly used platforms are YouTube and Facebook. Other social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest have a smaller marketRead More

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CRES Risk Management Webinar: Contingencies, Multiple Offers, Deadlines, and More — Preventing Claims in Hot Real Estate Seller’s Markets

Contingencies, Multiple Offers, Deadlines, and More In many markets right now, there’s a limited amount of inventory and a surging demand for property. In this “hot seller’s market” with fast-moving properties, real estate professionals face increased risks.  In this webinar, attorney Jim Meseck, from White and Steele, and Dave Miller, who manages the CRES AdvantageRead More

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How to Support New and Inexperienced Real Estate Agents to Minimize Risk Exposure

In 2020, 17% of all REALTORS® had less than one year of experience, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. You have to start somewhere, and recruiting and training inexperienced staff can be beneficial for real estate brokers. Inexperienced agents have a clean slate and are usually eager to learn your methods. You have theRead More

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Selling a Home with an Above-Ground Pool

Swimming pools are becoming more popular as families look for recreational activities in their own backyard. Since the pandemic, orders for pools have skyrocketed in the United States, as consumers look towards home-based activities they can safely enjoy at home. Above-ground pools are slightly less popular than in-ground pools in the US, but they’re  relativelyRead More

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Dealing with Transaction Coordinators

If you’re a busy real estate agent juggling many listings, you may feel overwhelmed by all the complex legal paperwork that comes with transactions. A Transaction Coordinator can be an asset in this situation, because using one will free up your time to do other work, such as generating new business. As with any formRead More

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Avoid Being Sued for Discrimination: Follow Fair Housing Standards in All Real Estate Ads

Realtors®, property managers and leasing agents: you can inadvertently and unintentionally become liable for racial discrimination if you aren’t careful in  advertising for housing, whether in MLS or other publications.      What you may not know about ads and Fair Housing The Fair Housing Act makes housing discrimination based upon race illegal.  You may not realizeRead More

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6 Compliance Items to Review to Protect Your Real Estate Brokerage This Year

Now that 2021 is well underway, it’s a good time to review any risks and vulnerabilities within your business. Here are 6 things that every broker should review to protect your real estate business: 1. ADA Compliance for Websites A website is a valuable asset for any broker or real estate professional. But, do youRead More

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Top 10 Mistakes Real Estate Agents Make That Leave Them Vulnerable to a Lawsuit

As a real estate professional, you want to do everything you can to  minimize your risk and protect yourself from potential lawsuits. Here are the top 10 mistakes real estate agents make that leave you vulnerable to a lawsuit. Check out our tips to  avoid them.  1. Failure to get everything in writing  It’s essentialRead More

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Working Closely with Your Real Estate Clients While Apart

The way we work has changed as a result of the pandemic. People who work in industries that have traditionally had a lot of personal contact now must adapt. In the real estate industry, we all know that building a successful career and business is based on building a great rapport with clients, maintaining excellentRead More

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Proper Screening of Tenant Applicants in California by a Landlord or Property Manager

A landlord or his or her property manager in California at most can charge a potential tenant fifty- dollars and ninety-four cents ($50.94) as an application fee where the fee cannot exceed the actual cost for the application taking into account the Consumer Price Index which changes on a yearly basis. The application fee isRead More

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