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Appellate Court Affirms Revocation of Salesperson’s License

Blog, Resources

The Tenth District Court of Appeals has affirmed an order of the Ohio Real Estate Commission revoking a real estate salesperson’s license (“Licensee”). By way of background, the Licensee and a friend (“Friend”) entered into an agreement whereby a company owned by the Licensee would bid at a tax foreclosure sale on Friend’s property. The… Read more

Ways to Attract and Recruit the Best Employees

Blog, Real Estate

There is an old saying, “what got you here won’t get you where you want to go.” Your organization may have some of the best employees – loyal, hardworking, and those that embrace and embody the mission and ideals of the organization. Most companies are not clear on what they want and what they actually… Read more

4-Unit Property: Appraising The Tough Ones

Appraisal, Blog

A new appraisal order comes in, and you discover it’s a 4-unit property… and the groaning begins. You don’t have time for this – the phone calls to verify rents, the lack of comps, and more. What is it that makes these appraisals so challenging? At least two approaches will be in the scope of… Read more

Ohio Department of Commerce Issues Fiscal Year 2019 Report

Blog, Real Estate

The Ohio Department of Commerce has issued its annual report for fiscal year 2019. As the state’s chief regulatory agency, Commerce regulates more than 6,000,000 licensees and regulated entities. One of Commerce’s Divisions is the Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing. The report details several new programs the Division gained authority over during the… Read more

Top Ways Successful MLOs Use Social Media

Blog, Mortgage Lending

As a mortgage lender, you already spend a lot of time with people. You know that marketing and networking are important, but you might be apprehensive of using social media. There are many reasons people do not use social networking in their business. Perhaps you feel like you prefer traditional ways of face-to-face marketing, cold… Read more

Updates to Home Inspection Rules

Blog, Home Inspection, Real Estate

UPDATED SEPTEMBER 12, 2019: As of Thursday, September 5th, 2019,  the Home Inspection Board approved the draft of the Ohio Administrative Rules for the state of Ohio and will be available for public comment. For the latest news regarding the home inspector program, visit the Department of Commerce’s Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing website…. Read more

How New Agents Can Optimize Facebook For Better Lead Generation

Blog, Real Estate

Facebook has a lot to offer in real estate. It includes a potential audience of more than 2 billion users, including 68 percent of all adults in the U.S. It also includes robust features to subset your leads and provide targeted marketing campaigns. As a new real estate agent, you are well placed to cash… Read more

Division of Real Estate Releases Mid-Year Discipline Summaries


The Division of Real Estate has released discipline summaries for enforcement cases before the Real Estate Commission from January through May of 2019. During the first five months of this year, the Commission revoked 9 licenses and issued some combination of suspensions, fines, and education against 15 licensees. The Commission also issued civil fines against… Read more

Congrats to Our September 2019 Instructor of The Month – Ron Eatmon

Blog, Real Estate

We’re happy to announce the winner of September 2019’s Instructor of the month – Ron Eatmon! On top of working with the Hondros family for nine years, he started his own insurance agency in Columbus 20 years ago – now that’s an experienced instructor! Ron first learned about Hondros during an Open House event and… Read more

Navigating the Statute of Frauds

Blog, Real Estate

Generally, a statute of frauds is a law that requires certain types of contracts to be in writing and signed by the parties. Although laws vary from state to state, it is nearly universal that contracts involving the sale of real estate have to be in writing. If the contract is not in writing, then… Read more

Is the Appraisal Management Company (AMC) Model Broken

Appraisal, Blog

It’s a common subject in appraiser forums, chat rooms, and Facebook pages – a discussion of the pros and cons of working with appraisal management companies (AMC). For those appraisers who have been appraising long enough to have only worked with “direct lenders”, the desire for the “good old days” is strong. Let’s take a… Read more

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