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Listings: Do you have the right signatures? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What you need to know when selling, buying or leasing your own property - Read Article »
Negative Inspection Reports: Is ignorance really bliss? - Read Article »
So your buyer wants to see a FSBO - Read Article »
Is your team violating Ohio License Law? - Read Article »
Additional changes made to Ohio’s Good Funds Law - Read Article »
Point of sale inspection case certified as a class action - Read Article »
Escalation Clauses: A legal way to guarantee a multiple offer win? - Read Article »
Help! Two of my buyers want the same house!! - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Protecting yourself from a copyright claim - Read Article »
Make our marks remarkable - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can a buyer get a ‘do-over’ after rejecting a counter? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Do’s & don’ts when showing a property outside of your MLS - Read Article »
Brokers… Do you know what your agents are doing? - Read Article »
Website accessibility lawsuit dismissed - Read Article »
Preparing your buyers for a multiple offer situation - Read Article »
How to prevent cyber fraud - Read Article »
Earnest money return clarification - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Best practices for cybercrime prevention - Read Article »
Commonly asked questions about Ohio’s new ‘Good Funds’ law - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Funds need to be wired for closings beginning April 6 - Read Article »
OAR’s webinar on Ohio’s new license law changes now available! - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Changes to Ohio’s Goods Fund law - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Are agency documents required when leasing or managing property? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: How to pay commissions correctly - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Does an earnest money dispute preclude a new contract? - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Learn about new HUD guidance - Read Article »
Legally speaking: The case of the secret buyer agency agreement - Read Article »
Legally speaking: 10 things REALTORS shouldn’t do - Read Article »
Which REALTOR can claim to have ‘sold’ a property? - Read Article »
Cyber fraud: How to protect your clients and yourself - Read Article »
Text messages can form contract - Read Article »
Injunction issued on Department of Labor overtime rule - Read Article »
The implications for Ohio REALTORS of the recent court ruling regarding a duty to disclose - Read Article »
NAR Window to the Law: Manage records more efficiently - Read Article »
Ohio court finds no duty to disclose neighbor’s criminal record - Read Article »
When should the Ohio Residential Property Disclosure Form be updated? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Are you required to disclose a murder or suicide on a property? - Read Article »
Court sides with PHH upholding RESPA Section 8 - Read Article »
Legal Issues Forum Q&A: Selling a property owned by a relative - Read Article »
Legal Issues Forum Q&A: Ohio’s advertising requirements - Read Article »
Legal Issues Forum Q&A: Do I have to make room for fluffy? - Read Article »
Legal Issues Forum Q&A: Agency forms - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Does Ohio license law require a listing to be in writing? - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: New DOL overtime rules - Read Article »
More earnest money problems! - Read Article »
Brokers: Make sure to check trust account by Sept. 1 - Read Article »
Hackers targeting real estate transactions - Read Article »
Is it ever OK for unlicensed persons to show your listings? - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Video and audio surveillance issues - Read Article »
Legally speaking: How to avoid disputes over non-refundable earnest money - Read Article »
OAR Legal Counsel Peg Ritenour talks about the challenges of today’s active market - Read Article »
Commonly asked questions about multiple offers - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Data security program basics - Read Article »
Team advertising violations persist - Read Article »
Do’s and don’ts of working with out-of-state commercial REALTORS - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Accessible websites and the ADA - Read Article »
Lawsuits filed in Ohio federal courts challenging constitutionality of point of sale inspections - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Who’s entitled to the commission? Figuring out procuring cause - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Avoid missteps when marketing a REO property - Read Article »
REO Properties: Are lenders exempt when it comes to disclosure? - Read Article »
Social media posts that get you in trouble - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What does Ohio law say about collecting and maintaining security deposits? - Read Article »
Keys to avoiding a messy breakup - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Copyright infringement safe harbor - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I enlist another brokerage to help with my buyers and sellers when I’m not available? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: When “bad-mouthing” another REALTOR crosses the line - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What should a buyer agent do when the seller calls? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Does no earnest money = no contract? - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Off-MLS listings - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can agents get paid directly on BPOs? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can a listing automatically renew? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is it OK for my buyer to video a property? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I talk to another REALTOR’s seller about taking a listing? - Read Article »
Court upholds limit on damages from inspector - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can a retired licensee still receive referral fees? - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Listing photo copyright issues - Read Article »
Dealing with first right of refusal clauses - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is it OK to pay commission to a team? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is an owner’s rental policy a violation of Ohio’s fair housing law? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can an agent promote themselves as Jane Doe Realty? - Read Article »
Court finds Portsmouth’s rental inspections unconstitutional - Read Article »
OAR Legal Hotline FAQs: Ohio’s Property Disclosure Form - Read Article »
Who owns your property photos? - Read Article »
CFPB issues warning about marketing agreements - Read Article »
New RESPA/TILA disclosures go into effect - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Do I have to release one of my listings? - Read Article »
CFPB launches online toolkit to help REALTORS explain the new mortgage rules going into effect Oct. 3 - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Agency status for brokers when listing; representing buyers - Read Article »
NAR Window to the Law: Disparate impact liability and fair housing - Read Article »
Be wary of the perils of electronic communication - Read Article »
Legally speaking: False statements about “Coming Soon” can result in discipline - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Will pre-qualification letters become extinct? - Read Article »
Shopping offers: So is it…illegal? Unethical? Or is it just not right?? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Going on vacation? The right way to appoint another agent to cover for you - Read Article »
Window to the Law: Cyberscams and the real estate professional - Read Article »
The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations: What REALTORS need to know - Read Article »
Consumer Guide to Agency Relationships: Are you complying with the law? - Read Article »
Broker’s cancellation of listing ruled proper - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Protecting your commission with written agreements - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I pay an attorney a commission? (Please say no!) - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Referral fee do’s and don’ts - Read Article »
U.S. Supreme Court upholds disparate-impact claims under the FHA - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can a team name be on a yard sign? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: I’m entitled to compensation…right? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can earnest money be applied to my commission? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can a listing agent refuse to present an offer? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: ‘Rent-a-broker’ arrangements put broker’s license in jeopardy - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What duties can an unlicensed person perform in the area of residential property management - Read Article »
NAR offering resources about new RESPA/TILA rules - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Returning earnest money someone else fronted - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I accept a ‘perk’ from a title agent? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Am I allowed to ‘cold call’ for business? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Do I have to make room for Fido? - Read Article »
Simple steps to avoid earnest money violations - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is my Facebook page considered advertising? - Read Article »
NAR broadcast on changes to RESPA and the Truth in Lending Act available - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Do I need to provide a Consumer Guide to customers? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: So the seller keeps contacting me about my buyer… - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I offer property management services? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What to do when a land contract goes south - Read Article »
Legally speaking: The case of the deceptive buyer - Read Article »
Legally speaking: So you’re transferring your license… (Part 2) - Read Article »
Legally speaking: So you’re transferring your license… - Read Article »
High Court makes it easier for borrowers to walk away from underwater homes - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Help! My buyer is a sexual predator! - Read Article »
Is your brokerage compliant with Ohio’s trust account requirements? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What should I do if they won’t sign? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is a lead-based paint disclosure form required when renting a pre-1978 house? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I write a purchase contract for parties involved in a FSBO transaction? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Do you need a special license to “sell” a business? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can “team” members represent different sides to a transaction? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can agents offer incentives to buyers or sellers? - Read Article »
Spooks and spirits…disclosing a death at a property - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I market a home for sale before the owner actually owns it? - Read Article »
NAR’s Window to the Law: Website copyright infringement protection - Read Article »
Legal Matters: The Ohio Residential Property Disclosure Form - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What tasks are personal assistants permitted to perform - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Teams — are you complying with license law? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Common commission issues - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Nonuse of required forms…a problem? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What is a listing agent able to share about potential buyers? - Read Article »
Victory for Ohio’s Brokers! Ohio Supreme Court overturns vicarious liability ruling - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I market a property as senior living without violating Fair Housing laws? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Don’t let divorcing sellers get you in hot water - Read Article »
Commercial property owner scores $1.3 million victory in case with Ohio city - Read Article »
OAR Legal Hotline’s ‘Top 10’: Contract questions - Read Article »
Tree (or house) falls on a motorist (or witch); Act of God or negligence? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What does Ohio law require when a licensee becomes a buyer (or seller) in a transaction? - Read Article »
Exercise caution when communicating via email in real estate transactions - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What does Ohio license law say about…? - Read Article »
RESPA violations result in hefty penalty - Read Article »
Legally speaking: I’m moving to a new brokerage…so, can I take my listings with me? - Read Article »
Legal Matters: Social media & online advertising - Read Article »
Ohio Broker found liable for failing to disclose a negative inspect (Part II) - Read Article »
Disclosing house history safest route for seller - Read Article »
Ohio Broker found liable for failing to disclose a negative inspection (Part I) - Read Article »
OAR Legal Matters: Advertising - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can I answer that? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is it ever OK to let a buyer, inspector in a listing without you? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can two brokers co-list a property? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: When does “The #1 Agent” go from puffery to a license law violation? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can you represent a buyer on property you used to have listed? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is it OK to ‘buy’ leads & offer referral incentives? - Read Article »
Rising trend of “coming soon” signage & “pocket listings” is raising legal, ethical questions - Read Article »
Legally speaking: A legal way to guarantee a multiple offer win? - Read Article »
Questionable practice designed to avoid disclosing defects - Read Article »
Legally speaking: When can you advertise another broker’s listing? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Dealing with a negative home inspection report - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Potential legal pitfalls of lease purchase contracts - Read Article »
Legal Matters: Procuring Cause - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Could your post-showing feedback cross the line? - Read Article »
Contract conundrums… Important considerations for Ohio REALTORS - Read Article »
Legally speaking: The case of the reluctant seller - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Who can be a signatory on the brokerage trust account? - Read Article »
Ohio Supreme Court rejects Commission Express case - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Avoiding RESPA violations when working with lenders & title companies - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Agents switching brokerages & the Broker’s duty to pay their commission - Read Article »
#1 way to lose your Ohio real estate license: Property management mistakes - Read Article »
Ohio Court ruling clarifies “fixture vs. trade fixture” in commercial leases - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What does an “as is” clause really mean? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Does a “per bedroom” policy discriminate against children? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is the listing released or just “off the market?” - Read Article »
Ohio’s ‘Consumer Guide to Agency Relationships’ Q&A - Read Article »
Legally speaking: When does writing an addendum become practicing law? - Read Article »
Commission Express appeals to Ohio Supreme Court - Read Article »
Appeals Court upholds dismissal of Commission Express lawsuit - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Does contact with an appraiser cross the line? - Read Article »
Commercial exemption to the “Consumer Guide to Agency Relationships” goes into effect Sept. 29 - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Does a group home necessitate disclosure? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can an offer be accepted after it’s been rejected… PART II - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can an offer be accepted after it’s been rejected? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Stay within the ‘rules’ when advertising your real estate services - Read Article »
How to protect your property listings from rental scams - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is notification required when multiple offers are received? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Can sellers control who you cooperate with? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: What can I say in an advertisement? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Working with FSBO sellers and buyers — safe or sorry? - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Are agents required to buy, sell or lease their property with their brokerage? - Read Article »
OAR secures exemption of the ‘Consumer Guide to Agency Relationships’ on commercial transactions - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Are you interfering with another agent’s relationship - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Transactions requiring the ‘Residential Property Disclosure’ form - Read Article »
Ohio Supreme Court agrees to review key real estate case involving agent conduct & broker liability - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Websites & compliance with Ohio license law - Read Article »
Updated lead-based paint pamphlet available - Read Article »
Legally speaking: Is it OK to lower some coop fees? - Read Article »
Does Ohio law require disclosure of a murder or suicide? - Read Article »
Tax benefits may await Ohio REALTORS who incorporate - Read Article »
Who picks the title company? - Read Article »
Ohio’s updated Commercial Broker Lien Law now in effect - Read Article »
Appeals Court makes brokers vicariously liable; Ohio Supreme Court being asked to review - Read Article »
Can ‘coop fees’ vary? - Read Article »
Make sure your ‘team’ follows the advertising rules - Read Article »
Is it OK to ‘shop offers?’ - Read Article »
Ohio Attorney General issues scam alert for businesses - Read Article »
Scam complaint site that was targeting REALTORS in Ohio & elsewhere goes dormant - Read Article »
Potential scam complaint site is targeting Ohio agents - Read Article »
When it comes to a wall-mounted television…does it stay or does it go? - Read Article »
Ohio license law changes & new Residential Property Disclosure Statement to go into effect Jan. 1, 2013 - Read Article »
Legal Matters: Short sales - Read Article »
The legality of digital signatures - Read Article »
Ohio Supreme Court tosses foreclosure action; sides with homeowner - Read Article »
Q&A regarding Ohio’s new ‘Residential Property Disclosure Form’ - Read Article »
Ohio Supreme Court issues ruling on TIF’s - Read Article »
Real estate legal malpractice claims on the rise - Read Article »
’13 Disclosure form being revised…again. - Read Article »
New Residential Property Disclosure Statement effective Jan. 1 - Read Article »
Rebating your commission to a buyer or seller: legal or illegal? - Read Article »
Make sure your ‘team’ advertising is License Law compliant - Read Article »
Make sure your ‘team’ advertising is License Law compliant - Read Article »
New disclosure exemption form available - Read Article »
Who really ‘sold’ it? - Read Article »
Do you need to disclose…? - Read Article »
Legal Matters: License law requirements for handling earnest money - Read Article »
Squatters leave…8 months later - Read Article »
Immigration and fair housing - Read Article »
What does Ohio license law say about the fair housing logo & language? - Read Article »
Ohio Supreme Court rules deed restriction unenforceable - Read Article »
When can you list a bank owned property? - Read Article »
U.S. Supreme Court issues decision that should end litigation against two Ohio brokerages - Read Article »
Out-of-state broker advertising Ohio listings prompts Division investigation - Read Article »
‘Coming Soon’ signage… An appropriate marketing tool or risky practice? - Read Article »
It’s the ‘age of the citizen expert’ - Read Article »
‘Legal Matters’ explores property management & leasing issues - Read Article »
Commission is cracking down on sharing lockbox combinations - Read Article »
The Disclosure Form’s required, except… - Read Article »
When to update a ‘Disclosure Form’ - Read Article »
The case of the magnetized house - Read Article »
An Ohio License Law NO-NO! - Read Article »
Common sense prevails - Read Article »
Commission Express lawsuit against brokerage dismissed - Read Article »
Ohio’s AG alerted to online real estate scams! - Read Article »
Ouch…lack of buyer agency agreement costs agent $615,000 commission - Read Article »
Another fraud surfaces - Read Article »
Craigslist rental scam surfaces - Read Article »