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WHY MEDIATE? Taking Control

By Susanna Madden  The National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics was adopted in 1913 years ago to ensure consumers are properly served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering their clients’ best interests. Why? Let’s just say there were some unsavory types selling real estate to unsuspecting buyers. The creation Code…

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Fair Housing: Advertising

By Tamiracle Williams  The Fair Housing Act (FHA) was signed into law in 1968 by then-President Lyndon Johnson. FHA prevents discrimination concerning the sale, rental or financing of a property based on race, religion, sex, disabilities and family status. This law also applies to housing-related advertisements. In late-2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development…

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FREC Updates Rules for Unlicensed Assistants

What can an unlicensed assistant do for you? Many things – but not all things. At its November 2018 general meeting, the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) informally updated its list of unlicensed assistant or employee activities that may be performed. FREC: Activities an unlicensed employee or assistant may perform Answer the phone and forward…

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FREC Approves New Team Advertising Rules for July 2019

Florida Real Estate Commission has issued new rules for brokerage office procedures and team advertising. Here is an overview of the new rules effective July 1, 2019. Team marketing is defined as, multiple real estate licensees representing themselves as a team to the public. Licensees featured in team advertisements must be under the same broker…

Pitfalls for the Unwary

by Martin Kessler Board Certified Real Estate Attorney 813-254-5014   Over the years, I have seen people make many mistakes in legal matters. Here are some hints to help avoid some common errors.   1. Don’t try to be your own lawyer. The old adage is that he who represents himself has a fool for a lawyer. …

Fair Housing Act: Stay Informed

The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of dwellings based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status and disability. As a REALTOR®, whether you are working with buyers or sellers, or you are working with landlords or tenants, you need to know the basics of the Fair Housing…