Showings and Open Houses

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Dealing with Real Estate Clients with Physical Disabilities

As a real estate agent, you deal with different types of people every day. In fact, being able to communicate with a myriad of people is one of the true strengths of a successful real estate agent. But what should you do when dealing with clients with physical disabilities to make sure you don’t endRead More

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How to Reduce Open House Risks When Someone Else Hosts

Have you ever received a request from another brokerage — or another agent within your firm — to host an open house at a property you have listed? This can be a great option for both parties, especially if you’re busy or out of your usual area. But before you agree, you need to takeRead More

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How to Avoid a Lawsuit When You’re Selling a House With Pets

Selling a property that is home to pets can be a challenge for a real estate agent. But, with around 60% of households owning a pet, it’s a fairly common occurrence. The degree to which pets will be a problem largely depends on what type of pets you’re dealing with and the condition of theRead More

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REALTOR® Safety Month – Tips to Keep You and Your Business Safe This September

September is REALTOR® Safety Month — an ideal time to reflect on the safety of your real estate business.  Whether it’s just you — or you have a team, it’s a good idea to put protective measures in place to ensure your own security, as well as that of your team and clients The largestRead More

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How to Avoid a Personal Injury Claim When Selling a Property

As a real estate agent, you already know that open houses are a great way to sell a property. But, what about protecting yourself from issues regarding liability? Opening up a home to the public brings with it potential risks you need to be aware of — not only to protect yourself, but also theRead More

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Brokers & Buyers Under Surveillance—Are You Being Watched?

Technology has changed the real estate market, resulting in more efficient real estate transactions and timely exchange of information. However, some unanticipated consequences have surfaced. Surveillance systems can affect brokers and buyers alike. Brokers Under Surveillance Two licensing matters before the Colorado Real Estate Commission should alert brokers that they may be under surveillance whenRead More

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How to “Steer” Clear of Fair Housing Act Violations

One of the keys to help prevent Fair Housing Act lawsuits is to avoid “steering”. The Federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing sales, rentals, and financing, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, family make up (if there are children), and disability. You should note that some states have enacted laws thatRead More

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Should Your Client Use Amazon Key for Real Estate Showings?

Amazon Key allows delivery people to enter a home to place packages inside.  The app is now expanding to new uses—including home showings. What effect will Amazon Key have on real estate agents? What do you need to know about Amazon Key if your clients use it? Here are the risks to know before youRead More

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What to Do When the Tenant Will Not Allow Access During Your Listing?

Do you know what to do when a property is listed for sale with a tenant on the property and the tenant refuses to cooperate with requests for open houses and viewings by interested buyers? As the real estate agent, there are steps you and your seller client can take to help address and avoidRead More

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The Benefits and Risks of Home Video Surveillance When Selling a Property

Many homes these days have surveillance equipment ranging from high-tech motion detector and video cameras to so-called “nanny-cams.” Not surprisingly, home sellers use such equipment either to protect their belongings during open houses and showings or to gain information concerning buyers’ reactions to their homes. A prominently displayed surveillance system and/or conspicuous signs alerting visitorsRead More

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