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Are Homeowners Required to a Join HOA? Or Pay Assessments?

Real Estate, Resources

Generally, Homeowner’s Associations or HOAs collect dues from members to maintain and improve its members’ properties. Whether an owner is a member of the HOA depends on whether their property is included in the governing document (or Declaration) for the HOA Community and whether the owner’s deed references as an exception to ownership for “zoning… Read more

Hondros College Expands Education Offerings With Kentucky Real Estate Licensing Courses

News, Real Estate

(Kentucky – June 6, 2019) – Hondros College now offers online real estate courses for students looking to become a licensed real estate professional in Kentucky. A proven, national leader in real estate education for over 50 years, Hondros College has been at the forefront of providing comprehensive real estate education, including dynamic online courses… Read more

When to Sign The Consumer Guide to Agency Relationships

Blog, Real Estate

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

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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

Blog, Real Estate

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?

Appraisal, Blog

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

Home Inspectors: Accurate Mold Testing

Home Inspection, Resources

Many homeowners are unaware that mold can be lurking throughout their home without them knowing it. Mold testing is crucial because it needs to be remedied properly if it is found in a house before it can be sold. The following guide walks you through what you need to know to accurately test for mold… Read more

Reviewing Your Residential Lease Agreement

Blog, Real Estate

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

Blog, Real Estate, Resources

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

Blog, Real Estate

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

Blog, Real Estate

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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