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Congrats to Our August 2019 Instructor of The Month – Jon Bradfield

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  We’re happy to announce the winner of August 2019’s Instructor of the month – Jon Bradfield! Having been a part of the Hondros family for three years, he first heard about Hondros from other realtors. Jon cites his favorite aspect of his work is “the people!” This selfless instructor greatly values the knowledge and… Read more

First-Time Homebuyer Savings Accounts Become Closer to Reality in Ohio

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A first-time homebuyer is a buyer that has not owned a property in the last three years. With the tightening of lending requirements after the mortgage crisis and increasing costs of housing, many first-time homebuyers have trouble saving for a down payment on a home. The legislation is currently pending in Ohio that would create… Read more

Best e-Signature Tools for MLOs

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Mortgage loan originators play an important role for prospective homeowners. These are the agents that make the buying process free of undue stress. Initiatives that make the document signing process easier to reduce administrative burdens on MLOs and result in more happy clients. One such example is an e-signature tool, which saves time and paper… Read more

Top 8 USPAP Myths

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With many appraisers doing most of their work for lender-clients, they have become very familiar with the guidelines of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and other programs’ underwriting rules. It’s common to confuse these guidelines with USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) requirements – so let’s take a look at how these can get misunderstood!… Read more

Forfeiture of Oil and Gas Leases

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Consider this: in advance of closing, the title commitment reveals the existence of an oil or gas lease clouding title. Now what? The lessee is no longer in business or cannot be found and your client is unsure how to proceed. Your next step is to direct them to legal counsel because, under certain circumstances,… Read more

How to Create a Perfect Insurance Agent Elevator Pitch

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Imagine you could secure a new client in about the time it takes to ride an elevator, from the top floor to the bottom. An elevator pitch lets you do exactly that. It’s a brief synopsis of your background, skills, and experience in the insurance sector. Do it right, and you’ll win over a new… Read more

Real Estate Agents Need to Mind Their Auto-Correct

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Real estate is a fast-paced, always changing career – agents use a variety of ways to communicate with their clients and others involved in the buying or selling process. The problem when some agents forgo proper communication skills in favor of being more casual and approachable. The results are misunderstood statements, contractual errors, dissension between… Read more

Agency Agreements Explained         

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As real estate agents continue to evolve in how they represent clients and how they are compensated, the types of agency relationships and agreements remain unchanged. Understanding the duties and obligations that come with each type of agency relationship is important when evaluating how your practice will advance in an ever-changing real estate landscape. Three… Read more

Alumni Success Story: Hasina Nelson

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For 50 years, Hondros has educated some of the top real estate agents in Ohio. We are proud of our alumni and seek active relationships with them well after they pass their exams. We sat down with Hondros Alum, Hasina Nelson of Vylla Home and asked about her first year, so far, in the real… Read more

Should You Hire Independent Contractors or Full-Time Employees for Your Insurance Team

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Independent contractors will make up half of the American workforce by the year 2020, and many insurance agencies are hiring these staff on a short-term basis to take advantage of their specialized skill sets or to cover a busy period. As an insurance agent, you might be thinking about hiring a contractor (or two) in… Read more

Ohio Federal Court Dismisses Foreclosure in Favor of Borrower

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The U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, has issued a ruling that resulted in the dismissal of a foreclosure case against a borrower. The decision effectively allows the borrower to retain the property despite defaulting on the underlying $125,000.00 note. At issue in the case was the lender’s ability to demonstrate the… Read more

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