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Workplace Safety Training Should Consider Active-Shooter Situations

by Jeffrey T. Baker, Associate General Counsel and Director of Legal Services

Historically, workplace violence policies have addressed traditional, but less imposing threats, such as use of hostile language or bullying. Today, workplace safety concerns must take into consideration the real threat of gun violence. Here we share resources provided by federal governmental agencies, including the FBI and Homeland Security, for your company’s workplace safety training.

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A 7-Step New Year To-Do List for Your Company

by Illinois REALTORS® Legal Team

Your Illinois REALTORS® Legal Team has prepared a checklist to help member offices start 2019 with a fresh slate and lots of confidence.

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  • #1 review your document retention and destruction schedule. If you don’t have one in your policy manual, you can find one on pages 54-60 of the Illinois REALTORS Sample Office Policy Manual (.doc download, a FREE member benefit).

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LEGAL CASE STUDIES • by Lisa Harms Hartzler, Sorling Northrup Attorneys

Real Estate Company Liable for Value of Adjacent Lot

Legal case studies this issue: Legal case studies this issue: Licensee disciplined for acting as attorney and broker in same transaction; Real estate company liable for value of adjacent lot buyers thought they were purchasing; “Rent-to-Own” contract held an installment contract, but court could not award title in eviction suit; and Tenant held liable for constructive holdover under lease provision.  
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Recent IDFPR Real Estate Disciplines

Real estate broker license indefinitely suspended for a minimum period of six months and fined $4,000 for failing to remit earnest money to the buyer of the property. Read more.
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Are You Ready for April 30, 2019?

Check out our renewal Q&A and checklist plus continuing education packages.

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NAR Tax Video Series: 20% Business Income Deduction

To help you prepare for tax season, the National Association of REALTORS® has prepared a four-part video series covering changes to the U.S. Tax Code including the new 20% business income deduction. Find more tax preparation resources.

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New laws for the new year


New Laws Affecting Real Estate in the New Year

Among the new state laws taking effect Jan. 1 are bills REALTORS® advocated for including local government consolidation measures to ease the property tax burden as well as an expansion of the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Act to include new construction. Also, the Illinois historic preservation tax credit program will expand statewide.

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Contracts to Purchase

By Betsy Urbance, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Services

In response to cooperating brokers’ frustration with a lack of communication from the seller’s broker in contract negotiations regarding whether their offers are being presented in a timely manner, NAR recently adopted an amendment to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and approved an accompanying MLS Policy Statement addressing the concern. 


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