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10 tips to save a Realtor’s life

Too often, Realtors find themselves in dangerous situations.  They may have to go into neighborhoods that are unsafe or they might find themselves face to face with a snarling dog. Sometimes, criminals walk right into an open house. In 2016, about three percent of all Realtors reported that they were physically attacked when working. Though …

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New Fair Housing Action Plan

January 8, 2020 — The leadership of the National Association of REALTORS® met in Washington today where they unanimously passed a Fair Housing Action Plan which will distinguish NAR as a national industry leader on fair housing. NAR re-organized last summer to create a new Fair Housing Policy Committee so NAR could more effectively advocate …

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Have you downloaded our new app yet?

If you haven’t checked out RI REALTORS® Connect, wait no longer! Put the news you use at your fingertips wherever you are. Posts, forums, resources, events…it’s all there! You can register for classes, share your listings and posts with other members, even participate in polls. Simply download the RI REALTORS® Connect app from your app …

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Files and records – save or toss?

Is getting rid of unnecessary records and paperwork one of your New Year’s resolutions? Make sure you know what to save and what to toss. The Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation requires real estate licensees to keep certain records for a minimum of three years from the date of receipt. These records include bank …

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New licensing coming to RI Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board

The Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board has announced that as of January 1, 2020, it will begin issuing several new professional licenses mandated by the General Assembly years ago, for the building and construction industries. These licenses, which follow a complete updating of the Board’s promulgated rules and regulations, will promote public safety, …

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Recruitment FAQs

Recruitment can be a useful tool to attract talent for real estate companies and teams. QUESTION: Is it legal or ethical for REALTORS® to recruit salespeople and brokers from other real estate companies or teams? ANSWER: Neither the REALTOR® Code of Ethics nor Rhode Island license law regulate or mention recruitment. However, laws that prohibit …

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Changes to RIAR Real Estate Sales Disclosure Form

The RIAR Real Estate Sales Disclosure has been updated to comply with changes to Rhode Island law that took effect on January 1, 2020. The original legislation would have required sellers to disclose whether the property had been used to cultivate cannabis. In response to concerns about legal and medical privacy concerns, the legislation was …

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NEW: Completion of all pre-licensing education required to take exam

The R.I. Department of Business Regulation has announced that now anyone who wishes to take the Rhode Island real estate broker’s or salesperson’s examination must present a Certificate of Completion from an approved Rhode Island school at the Pearson Vue Testing Center. The certificate must state that test-taker completed 45 hours for a candidate for …

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Changes to RIAR disclosure of personal interest or family relationship

As of November 27, 2019, real estate licensees will no longer risk losing their entire commission for failing to disclose a personal or family relationship in writing. The R.I. Association of REALTORS® worked with the R.I. Department of Business Regulation to change the penalty to a maximum fine of $2,000 per violation, the standard penalty …

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