D.R. Legal News

Designated Realtor Legal News

September 2017

Hot on the Hotline

Urbanceby Betsy Urbance, Illinois REALTORS® Director of Legal Services 

What were the Top 5 categories from the Illinois REALTORS® Legal Hotline for the first half of 2017, you ask? Here they are in order. Get sample situations from each of these Top 5 categories:

1. Agency Issues 
2. Contracts to Purchase Questions 
3. Illinois Real Estate License Act – Scope Questions 
4. Advertising Issues 
5. Illinois Real Estate License Act (RELA) – Business Practices

Legal Case Studies

  1. Nuisance claim based only on aesthetic dislike of solar panels was not actionable.
  2. Grocery store’s website found in violation of ADA. 
  3. Broker not liable for misrepresentation where Buyer had the same information. 
  4. U.S. Supreme Court drafts new test for 5th Amendment Takings claims.
  5. Broker potentially liable for fraudulent actions of agent. 
  6. Company formed to maintain private dam did not have to replace it. Read more

Real Estate Disciplines

Recent disciplinary actions taken by the Real Estate Division of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) include:

  1. A real estate broker license was indefinitely suspended and fined $1,000 due to listing a property without the authorization of all of the property owners.
  2. A real estate broker license revoked for violating the terms of a consent order. Read more.

Changes to License Law infographicReal Estate License Act Changes Signed into Law

Illinois REALTORS® worked with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to develop and negotiate these important changes for licensees, which simplify and modernize several aspects of the education process as well as new education requirements for leasing agents. When do these changes take effect? While the legislation is effective Jan. 1, 2018, additional time will be needed for implementation and enforcement while IDFPR rules are finalized. Download this infographic to share highlights with your agents, and stay tuned for updates.

WATCH! What Happened to the Mold Disclosure Form?

Legal Minutes Video

In the next episode of this new video series, Legal Minutes, Director of Legal Services Betsy Urbance shares why Illinois REALTORS® no longer offers a mold disclosure form, plus helpful tips on the legal requirements regarding mold disclosure. Share this video at your next office meeting (member login required)!

Hot Topic: Flood Reform Act

NAR needs your help to drive messages to members of Congress urging support of The 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874)—reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program and making a number of critical improvements including:

  • increased funds for mitigation activities,
  • caps on premium increases,
  • improved claim and mapping processes, and
  • removing hurdles for more private market participation in the flood insurance market
Reauthorization will help over 5 million homeowners in 22,000 communities around the country, so it is critical Congress acts now. If Congress fails to take action to reauthorize the NFIP, it will expire by September 30, 2017.
When disaster strikes, REALTORS® step up. Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey with tax-deductible donations to the REALTORS® Relief Foundation.

Local Government Issues

Did You Know? Illinois is Home to 6,963 Local Units of Government—More Than Any Other State in the Nation 

This certainly keeps our team of local lobbyists busy. At any one time, our 12 local Government Affairs Directors (GADs) are dealing with over 300 issues, ranging from inspections to requirements on new housing (e.g. sprinklers; impact fees). Use this wordcloud to share the hundreds of local issues that have been monitored so far this year to stop added taxes, fees and red tape for the real estate transaction.

Illinois REALTORS® Share Expertise at NAR Conference & Expo

Illinois REALTORS® Treasurer Dan Wagner will share his knowledge of “1031 Exchange: Another Tool for Your Toolbox,” at the REALTOR® Conference and Expo on Nov. 5. He will be joined by, among others, Illinois REALTORS® Carrie Little of CarMarc Realty Group, LLC, presenting “Big Data! The Next Big Thing in Content Marketing” and Marki Lemons-Ryhal, sharing “Effectively Getting Started with Facebook Live,” both on Nov. 4, Learn more about Illinois REALTORS® at the REALTOR® Conference, and make plans to join fellow REALTORS® in Chicago.



GRI: Boost Your Brokerage's Performance

Help agents achieve their best performance and prevent them from making costly mistakes. The best way to do both is to encourage agents to enroll in the online GRI program. REALTORS® who hold the GRI designation bring in an average of 45% higher income than non-designees and receive more referrals. GRI courses delve deep into legal and regulatory issues, client systems, technological tools and professional standards. When you encourage agents to pursue the GRI designation, you open up new opportunities for them to succeed. And earning the GRI yourself sets the standard for agents and demonstrates your commitment to professionalism.

I Forwarded It Already...Make Sure You and Your Agents are Not at Risk

A real estate agent was recently sued by the buyers for damage after claiming that the agent failed to provide them wtih a copy of the inspection report, which indicated that repairs were needed. The agent was unable to produce the forwarded email containing the inspection report—making it impossible to effectively refute the allegation. Are you or your agents at similar risk? sponsored content

September is Safety Awareness Month

Your agent's safety is a top priority! Now is the perfect time to for you and your agents to sign up for one of the REALTOR® Safety course offerings and get tips and reminders for creating security procedures at your office. Check with your local association for a schedule of course offerings that offer CE credit, or check out NAR's REALTOR® Safety page for videos and resources to put a safety protocol in place in your office. 

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