Professional Standards

Unlicensed Real Estate Assistant: How Can They Help You?

Posted on: January 21st, 2022 by Christy Beaver No Comments

Real estate assistants are a valuable part of the profession as they tend to ease the burden on Agents and Brokers alike by aiding through administrative support. However, problems can arise when an unlicensed individual acts and performs tasks that require a license. A licensee who permits or authorizes an unlicensed person to perform acts… Read More »

NEW CABR Contract to Purchase Legal Counsel-Approved Clauses

Posted on: October 4th, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

October 4, 2021 NEW CABR Contract to Purchase Legal Counsel-Approved Clauses The new Contract to Purchase is here! Beginning October 1, 2021, the new CABR/DR Contact to Purchase went into effect.  And, CABR has obtained approval from CABR legal counsel for use of clauses to address items in the contract pertaining to the inspection contingency… Read More »

NEW CABR Contract to Purchase and Accompanying Forms – Implementation Date October 1, 2021

Posted on: September 27th, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

NEW CABR Contract to Purchase and Accompanying Forms – Implementation Date October 1, 2021 It’s almost here! Beginning October 1, 2021, purchase offers are not to be submitted on the November 2017 CABR/DR Contract to Purchase.  That contract will no longer be a Board-approved contract and, according to legal counsel opinion, continued use of an… Read More »

May I Come In?

Posted on: September 17th, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

May I Come In? More Complaints – More Fines The National Association of REALTORS®, Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing, and MLS Rules and Regulations all address the issue of access to listed property.  And, CABR continues to receive complaints pertaining to unauthorized or non-compliant access. Below are just a few examples of… Read More »

Antitrust!  Are your comments compliant?

Posted on: September 10th, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

The real estate industry is very competitive and new businesses…and business models… continue to enter the market.  Make sure you don’t engage in discussions that could land you in trouble.  Making statements about practices or commission rates could fall under antitrust laws and the Code of Ethics. One of the items that fall under antitrust… Read More »

It’s NOT OK to Contact the Seller

Posted on: June 28th, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

With all the options for promoting listings on the internet, sometimes it’s not obvious that a property is listed, or who it is listed with.  That’s no excuse for contacting a seller directly. REALTORS® have a responsibility to make a reasonable attempt to determine whether a property is subject to an exclusive listing agreement prior… Read More »

Where Can I Find This?

Posted on: June 2nd, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

Where Can I Find This? Sometimes members play a guessing game when seeking information they need from the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS® (CABR) or Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  And, staff sometimes has some digging to do to help the member.  There is a myriad of forms and information available on the CABR and MLS… Read More »

Who Are You?? Part 2

Posted on: May 3rd, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

Misuse of the term “REALTOR®” is often brought to the attention of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®.  “REALTOR®” is a trademarked term that is owned by the National Association of REALTORS® and its use is regulated. The following is a BRIEF example of acceptable uses of the term.  The full NAR Membership Marks Manual… Read More »

Who Are You?? Part 1

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

Oftentimes on social media, as well as, other written communications, REALTORS® fail to identify themselves correctly.  Article 12 of the Code of Ethics addresses proper identification in real estate communications.  And, the REALTOR® trademark must be used in accordance with the established rules for its use. Article 12 REALTORS® shall be honest and truthful in… Read More »

Change is Coming – NEW Purchase Contract

Posted on: April 2nd, 2021 by Christy Beaver No Comments

Change is Coming – NEW Purchase Contract The Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS® and the Dayton REALTORS® Joint Contract Committee has been working on revisions to the Contract to Purchase.  The Committee has been working on a complete review of the Contract and the new Contract to Purchase is targeted to be available within the… Read More »