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March 19 Lesson 1 Super Saving
March 26 Lesson 2 Relating with Money
April 2 Lesson 3 Cash Flow Planning
April 9 Lesson 4 Dumping Debt
April 16 Lesson 5 Buyer Beware
April 23 Lesson 6 The Role of Insurance
April 30 Lesson 7 Retirement and College Planning
May 7 Lesson 8 Real Estate and Mortgages
May 14 Lesson 9 The Great Misunderstanding
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Agent Tip of the Week!
Flexibility Added for Posting a Link to IABS and Consumer Protection Notices
Effective December 6, 2017
Since February 2016, you are required to have a specific link for each of these notices in a readily noticeable location on the homepage of your business website. The Commission has adopted amendments to those rules that give you additional flexibility when posting the link to the Consumer Protection Notice.
The new amendments now allow two options for the link:
- “Texas Real Estate Commission Consumer Protection Notice” in at least 10 point font; or
- “TREC Consumer Protection Notice” in at least 12 point font.
Here is an example using the IABS notice link showing the difference in the look of the two options:
- “Texas Real Estate Commission Information About Brokerage Services” (in 10 point font)
- “TREC Information About Brokerage Services” (in 12 point font)
The amendments also provide additional methods for posting the link on social media platforms that are used as business websites and gives guidance as to what is considered a business website. A business Facebook page is a good example of a social media platform that meets these requirements and would need to be in compliance. It is important to take note though, that there are new forms of and updates to social media all the time. Be vigilant and remember to refer to the rules for guidance.
For purposes of providing the required link to the notices on a social media platform that is used as a business website, the link may be located on:
- the account holder profile; or
- a separate page or website through a direct link from the social media platform or account holder profile.
So, if you use Facebook as a business website, you can provide the required links directly to the Notices or you can provide a link from your account holder page or Facebook page to the homepage of your business website located on the internet, if that business website has the required links readily noticeable on the homepage.
Finally, the amendments define a business website as “a website on the internet that:
- is accessible to the public;
- contains information about a license holder’s real estate brokerage services; and
- the content of the website is controlled by the license holder.”
Controlling the content does not mean controlling the format or structure of the website. It means you control what information you input about your services or listings.
Remember, a link to BOTH the Consumer Protection Notice and the Information About Brokerage Services Notice must be included on the homepage of your business website.
Proposed New Forms and Changes for Texas REALTORS®
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM NTREIS!
Our current security measures include an annual password change, a timeout after inactivity and security questions to recover a forgotten password. Additionally, we use a risk system to monitor any unusual login activity. Beginning next week, we will begin notifying you if login activity on your account is outside our benchmark of normal activity. Usually a simple password change will resolve the issue if an unauthorized user has gained access to your account.
If you have unlicensed assistants working on your behalf, please be sure you have them registered with your local MLS Provider/Association and have provided them with their own login (Providers offer this at no charge) and inactivate any registered assistants that you no longer employ. Never provide another agent, a vendor or a client with your credentials – sharing access is strictly prohibited!
We appreciate your assistance in securing the system and keeping costs down for all paying Subscribers. Your MLS Provider/Association can answer any questions you have or, if you do receive an email alert, you may reply to that email.
Thank you – from the NTREIS Team and your Local REALTOR Associations!
What’s Going On In Your Market Center?
Join us for Wine Down in The Bistro on Feb. 2nd!
*Wine and Light Snacks Will Be Provided!
More Training Events This Week!
Monday, January 9th ~ 2:00-3:00 ~ CMA with Mike Tobin ~ Mike Tobin
Wednesday, January 31st ~ 12:00-1:00 ~ Core Level 2 ~ Cinda Knight
Wednesday, January 31st ~ 1:00-2:00 ~ CE Class: Arch Foundation
Wednesday, January 31st ~ 1:30-3:00 ~ CORE Coaching Level 1 ~ Cinda Knight
Wednesday, January 31st ~ 6:00-7:00 ~ Nite CORE Mentoring Via Google Hangout ~ Claire Garlick
Thursday, February 1st ~ 8:30-9:30 ~ Solos at La Madeline
Thursday, February 1st ~ 9:00-12:00 ~ Tech and New Agent Orientation ~ Rosemary Croney and Tammy Bunk
*Join Rosemary and Tammy for tech tips and an overview of Policies & Procedures. Not just for new agents.
Friday February 2nd ~ 2:00-4:00 ~ Technology Genius Bar ~ Tammy Bunk
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ALC COMMITTEE MEETINGS
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