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Focus On Legal AffairsFair Housing in the Digital Age: IDX and Liability Issues

April 2013 marks the 45th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act.  This month, Richelle Cohen Mossler, General Counsel, discusses the application of these laws in the digital age through a case involving IDX.  Additionally, she provides some great tips and helpful suggestions on how you ensure that your day-to-day business is safe.

Contracts Q & A - Part 2

The topic of "contracts" covers a wide array of questions, making it the most common category asked about on the Legal Hotline.  This month, Kelly Shonborn, Senior Staff Counsel, provides the second half of a two part series on contracts.  Please remember, the Legal Hotline (1-800-444-5472) is available to assist principal or managing brokers and their designated agents between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Violation Station: Real Life Real Estate Sanctions

What happens to me if I violate Indiana license law? Violation Station is published quarterly to help REALTORS® better understand what types of violations are heard by the Real Estate Commission and the punishments that are handed out.  IAR's Senior Staff Counsel, Kelly Shonborn, reviews examples of sanctions handed down by the Commission in the 1st quarter of 2013.

100 Years with the Code of Ethics

2013 marks the Centennial of the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.  Throughout the year, we'll be providing you with information and fun activities related to the code.  Each month, in our Focus on Legal Affairs, look for a quick trivia question to test your knowledge about the history of the Code.

Which event took place in 1913?

a. Rosa Parks is born   

b. The Code of Ethics is adopted

c. Jesse Owens and Gerald Ford are born

d. Harriet Tubman dies

e. All of the above

 The answer is e. All of the above.  Learn more about the Code of Ethics centennial here.

Focus on Education

RECP RECP Honors Life of Tom Battle

The real estate industry lost a longtime leader and friend.  Thomas Battle III, RECP instructor and adjunct lecturer for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, unexpectedly passed away earlier this week. 

Tom’s passion for the real estate industry was unmatched.  He recently retired as the Director of Education for the Indiana School of Real Estate.  Before that, he was the President and Chief Financial Officer for the Real Estate Certification Program.  He served as the Executive Vice President and National Education Director for the Center for Real Estate Education and Research as well as the director for the National Association of Environmental Risk Auditors.  Tom was one of the founders of the CAI designation, the author of several of the real estate specialty courses for AMI and co-author on several books in the areas of real estate, auctions, and appraisal. 

Always on the forefront of the real estate industry, Tom served as consultant to several state commissions on real estate and auctioneering as well as having been a member of the national item writing and testing committee for several national testing groups.  He worked as an inside consultant for state, federal and private clients including corporations, lending institutions and government agencies.  His students and colleagues will miss his leadership, enthusiasm and commitment.

RECP Urges You to Become Short Sales and Foreclosure Certified –
Offers One Day Course in Southwest Indiana with National Speaker, Eligible for GRI Credit

Learn the intricacies of the short sale and foreclosure process by attending this one-day course on October 2nd at the Southwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® office in Evansville. National speaker Chandra Hall will offer practical approaches to the pre-foreclosure and foreclosure process; cover the roles of lenders, sellers, buyers and cooperating agents; and offer dialogues for working with financial institutions. This CRS 111 class will also count for Indiana Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) credit and six hours of real estate continuing education credit. Class will meet from 8:30am-5:00pm and cost of $135 includes lunch. Space is limited so register early for this October 2nd course.  

RECP Answers Your Questions

Does the 24-hour broker transition course have an exam at the end of the course or a testing process prior to becoming a broker?

Yes, there is one end of course examination administered by RECP. Students must pass with at least a seventy percent. A student that does not pass the broker examination as administered by the school on the first attempt will have two more attempts to complete and pass the exam.

  2013 Nationwide Open House
 
April 20-21, 2013

  More Information

  Indiana Real Estate Markets Report
 
April 22, 2013

  More Information

  NAR Midyear Legislative Meetings
 
May 13-18, 2013

  Register here

  Indiana Commercial Real Estate Conference
 
June 13-14, 2013

  Register here

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