Broker Issues Archive

Are You Sure Your Agents Have the Right Personality for the Job?

It’s a good thing I love writing and I’m not quitting my day job — because I’d never make it in real estate. Maybe it’s because I’m way too direct? Not friendly enough? (OMG, am I a mean person?)...
April 11, 2014

Lawsuits Challenge Independent Contractor Status

Real estate sales associates operating as independent contractors would seem to be a settled area of law, but three lawsuits were filed last year in which associates claimed they were employees and wanted to be compensated as such. They...
March 27, 2014

13 Stories You Loved in 2013

When you look back on 2013, what do you remember most? We hope at least some of these stories make it on your list. Here are 13 of REALTOR® Magazine’s most popular posts of 2013: Key West Association Wins...
December 31, 2013

Showdown With the Shutdown: Tales of How the Government Closures are Affecting Real Estate

The effects of the government shutdown are rippling through the real estate industry, and practitioners are feeling the pain all over the country. Most of the complaints we’re fielding are about USDA loans, which have been entirely frozen. Real...
October 9, 2013

This is It: Open Enrollment Starts Today

Today is October 1, a big day in the world of health care reform. That’s because today’s the day the online state health insurance exchanges launch. What are the health exchanges? They’re online marketplaces—one for each state—where consumers can...
October 1, 2013

NAR: Enough is Enough with Patent Trolls

Patent trolls have been a growing problem for all types of businesses, and real estate companies haven’t been spared. Recently, a patent troll sent thousands of letters through several affiliated legal entities to brokerages and other companies threatening lawsuits...
July 17, 2013

Market Stabilizing for Long Term, Brokerage Giant CEO Says

Interest rates are rising and home prices are seeing double-digit increases on a national basis, making it clear that real estate is entering a different phase from what we’ve seen in the past several years, when the market was...
June 28, 2013

MLSs See Gains in Efforts to Protect Data

Recent court cases are giving REALTORS® reason to be optimistic in their efforts to curb the unauthorized use of their MLS data. Two weeks ago the Key West Association of REALTORS® scored a major victory when a U.S. district...
June 19, 2013

Beware of Patent Troll

By Katie Johnson You’ve got options if a licensing agent demands a fee for scanning and e-mailing document. [JULY 1, 2013, UPDATE: The patent owner described in this article, MPHJ, is taking a break from its patent licensing campaign....
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June 4, 2013

A Good Deal for All

The scenario happened like a perfectly-scripted movie: a Keller Williams team based in Plantation, Fla. decides to play their odds at the lottery. For just $20 each, the 11 co-workers could have the chance to win a $338 million...
April 8, 2013