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Archived posts from 03/2017


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Could you be guilty of these common ethics complaints?

03/31/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

The section of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics most cited in complaints last year was Article 12.

Categories: Ethics

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What to do with the earnest money when a buyer defaults after waiving the contingency

03/30/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

Can the buyer who waived the contingency get her earnest money back if she didn’t sell her property and now can’t close?

Categories: Legal

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Attract clients with social campaigns built on RPR data

03/29/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

Neighborhood data from REALTORS® Property Resource can be used to position yourself as a resource on social media.

Categories: Business tips

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How bad weather could lead to an E&O claim against you

03/28/2017 | Author: Barney Schwartz

Get insights into what to do when a hailstorm happens before your clients' closing.

Categories: Business tips, Buyers, Sellers

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Your clients could be saving money on landscape watering

03/27/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

A tool from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension can send automated recommendations about how much water is needed for landscaping.

Categories: Buyers

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Who signs the lead-based paint addendum first?

03/24/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

The seller has an obligation to provide information about any known lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards.

Categories: Legal

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Can you refuse to rent to smokers?

03/23/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

If you institute a no-smokers policy, be sure to enforce it consistently.

Categories: Legal, Landlords, Renters

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Why millions of consumers will see a credit score boost

03/22/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

A change in what information is included in credit reports could improve the credit scores of about 12 million U.S. consumers.

Categories: Buyers

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The correct way to count contract days

03/21/2017 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

Do you know how to properly count days in TREC and TAR residential contracts?

Categories: Forms, Legal

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Maximize your deductions with TaxBot

03/20/2017 | Author: Editorial Staff

Use this IRS-compliant benefit for your taxes.

Categories: Benefits