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Compliance critical at open houses – know the rules

Please be advised, the State of Rhode Island is currently performing random spot audits of open houses to ensure they are being held in compliance with the Rhode Island Phase III Guidelines. THOSE WHO DO NOT COMPLY ARE IN VIOLATION OF STATE LAW AND CAN BE FINED AND/OR NAMED PUBLICLY as other businesses have been.  …

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FAQ: National Flood Insurance Program Expires September 30, 2020

What is the issue? NFIP’s authority to provide flood insurance is currently scheduled to expire on September 30, 2020. NAR is making every effort to secure a long-term reauthorization of the program. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about what this means for upcoming closings and several proactive steps your clients can take in …

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CRS Week 2020 Offers Complimentary Webinars

CRS Week Celebrates the Power of the Designation No one is leading the way in the real estate industry quite like Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designees.  Designation Awareness Week is a grass roots and national event designed to celebrate the success of CRSs and raise awareness to the prestigious CRS Designation by offering all agents …

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COVID-19 MA Travel Restrictions for Rhode Islanders

August 11, 2020 – With the recent spikes in COVID-19 in Rhode Island, what does that mean for REALTORS®, appraisers, and customers and clients who want to cross state lines to Massachusetts for showings, closings and other activities? The State of Massachusetts requires anyone who enters the state from Rhode Island or other states with …

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Legal Tip: Dueling Escalation Addenda

The RIAR Escalation Addendum is a tool that lets a buyer increase his/her offer by a set amount to try to outbid other buyers in a multiple offer situation.  But how does it work if multiple buyers competing for the same property decide to use an Escalation Addendum?  Grab some coffee and read the following …

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Upcoming Educational Webinars: Social Media and Success with SEO!

Thursday, August 13 10 am – Converting Social Media Into, Cold Hard Cash This is no ordinary, introductory social media training. We will dive deep into why you should use Social Media and how to do it properly. Your training will include detailed instructions on creating real Facebook ad campaigns and how to monitor them …

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Deadline for Third-quarter Realtor Foundation: RI Grants is August 15th

The REALTOR® Foundation: Rhode Island offers quarterly grants of up to $5000 to non-profit organizations that provide financial and other forms of assistance to Rhode Islanders affected by a personal or natural disaster. The deadline for the third quarter application cycle is August 15th at 5 pm. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more …

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Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) and Perception Institute have partnered together to help REALTORS® avoid implicit bias in their daily business interactions. As part of its commitment to addressing racial injustice in America, NAR has begun circulating a new 50-minute training video which offers strategies to override bias in order to convey respect, ensure …

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REALTOR Foundation: RI Helps Four Non-Profits This Spring

Thanks to the generosity of all those who gave so generously during its recent Matching Grant campaign, the REALTOR® Foundation: RI was able to provide more than $20,000 in funding to the Rhode Island Foundation and Family Service of RI. The two non-profit organizations will use the funds to assist their COVID-10 relief initiatives. On …

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Mandatory Home Inspector Licensing July 1, 2020

Is “your” home inspector licensed? Starting on July 1, 2020, anyone who conducts a home inspection for a home or other residential property located in Rhode Island must be licensed as a home inspector or associate home inspector in Rhode Island. This includes home inspectors who are already licensed in other states like Massachusetts or …

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