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Division of Real Estate Releases Discipline Summaries


With its Spring 2019 Newsletter, the Division of Real Estate has released disciplinary summaries of Real Estate Commission actions against real estate salespersons, brokers, and unlicensed persons and entities. The summaries reveal a continued pattern of cases involving agents permitting unsupervised access to properties, failure to cooperate with Division personnel in investigations and agents signing… Read more

How Home Inspectors Build Relationships with Real Estate Agents


In a perfect world, home inspectors and real estate agents would work together in an effort to provide assistance for home buyers and ensure they can make knowledgeable decisions about the properties they should purchase. In some cases, this is what actually happens. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, real estate agents want to… Read more

Congrats to Our June 2019 Instructor of The Month – Amy Gilpin


We’re happy to announce the winner of June 2019’s Instructor of the month – Amy Gilpin! She knew she wanted to be a part of the Hondros family right from the first phone interview. Amy enjoyed the down to earth conversation and “since that initial experience, it’s only gotten better. I truly feel like everyone… Read more

When to Sign The Consumer Guide to Agency Relationships


The Consumer Guide To Agency Relationships is one of two state-mandated forms that Realtors should be experts on before they even sit for the state licensing exam. So, when interacting with clients, why are Realtors failing to get a signature at the “first substantive contact”? This isn’t a case of “If you don’t use it… Read more

How MLOs Can Help First Time Homebuyers – And Gain Referrals


Buying a home for the first time can be very stressful. Most potential homeowners don’t know anything about the logistics of buying a home. As a mortgage loan officer, it’s your responsibility to make the experience as stress-free as it can be. The following guide walks you through a few tips to use to ensure… Read more

Changes to Fair Housing Law Proposed in Ohio Fairness Act


Earlier this year, State Senator Nickie Antonio introduced the Ohio Fairness Act. Among other things, the Act proposes changes to Ohio’s Civil Rights Law by adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of persons protected under Ohio’s housing, employment, and public accommodation protections. Current law requires every real estate broker’s office to prominently… Read more

What is an Appraisal Workfile and Why Do I Need One?


There’s nothing like a lawsuit or a complaint to the state licensing board to get your attention regarding how you’re doing business. Part of sound business practices for appraisers should include solid documentation of the details for creating a credible appraisal report. So, what’s all the buzz about the appraisal workfile? Why do we need… Read more

Reviewing Your Residential Lease Agreement


Lease agreements are like any other form contract document. They get used daily but are rarely read. Agents may not realize the lease agreement being utilized in their practice may not afford the best protection for their landlord or tenant clients. Here are a few considerations when evaluating whether your form lease agreement needs an… Read more

Learn How to Optimize Word of Mouth for Your Business

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Word of mouth can be an essential tool when it comes to the real estate market. Some people don’t do their job properly and give a bad name to agents in general. Sparking a great word of mouth initiative can be difficult to do if you are just starting out though. Many people don’t know… Read more

Which Transaction Management Software is Right for Your Real Estate Business


At its core, the real estate business hasn’t changed in a hundred years. It’s still about matching up the right buyers and sellers while smoothing out the sales process for all of them. However, the advent of computers and the Internet have changed how most of the world gets business done, and the real estate… Read more

Division of Real Estate: Answer Ethics Questions Correctly, Honestly


The Division of Real Estate has highlighted the need for real estate licensee to answer ethical conduct and legal history questions on licensure, renewal, and transfer applications correctly and honestly. Failure to do so could result in an investigation into whether you have procured a license by fraud, misrepresentation or deceit. The ethical conduct and… Read more

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