Broker Issues Archive

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

Real Estate and Fundraising: ‘Seal’ of Approval

Most people are familiar with Easter Seals—a non-profit organization that provides assistance to disabled individuals and their families—but not everyone may be aware of the storied history behind the charity, or its connection to real estate. The origin of...
March 21, 2013

Gear Up for Health Ins. Employer Mandate

Next year is a big year for the health insurance reform law enacted three years ago, but it’s this year that you might want to start thinking about what, if anything, you’ll need to do to get ready. The...
March 4, 2013

A Dream Come True for N.D. Home Builder

By Wendy Cole,  Managing Editor, REALTOR® Magazine A year  ago, Daryl Braham, CRB, GRI, was featured in REALTOR® Magazine as a standout broker for seamlessly juggling his duties as broker-owner of Prudential Premier Real Estate in Fargo, N.D., with his...
May 23, 2012

Court Side: Supreme Court Should Settle Contentious RESPA Issue

News Flash: On May 24, the Supreme Court decided in favor of NAR’s position on the Quicken case (discussed in this April 30 post). Here’s a link to the decision. Guidance from NAR will be forthcoming soon. Earlier this...
April 30, 2012

Do You Recruit? Be Aware of FTC Rule

A rule that took effect March 1 could hit you if you recruit salespeople to join your brokerage. The key is what you offer your recruits as part of your offer. The Federal Trade Commission’s Business Opportunity Rule is...
March 20, 2012