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Video - September 17, 2021 featured
Laura and Jon discuss the most current status of unlawful detainers in Virginia.
Podcast - September 14, 2021 featured
In this case study, an agent takes funds that are supposed to be put into an escrow account and deposits them into her personal bank account without letting her broker know of her actions. Immediately upon learning of her actions, the Principal Broker reports the behavior to DPOR and returns her license, demonstrating her commitment to safeguarding the public and supervising the agents in her firm.
Article - September 7, 2021 - VAR Legal Team featured
Video - May 24, 2021 featured
Jessica and Jon discuss covid vaccines.
Podcast - September 7, 2021
Jessica and Jon discuss whether short-term rentals are required to accommodate a renter’s assistance animal.
Podcast - August 3, 2021
In this case study, the agent failed to make a timely deposit of the escrow funds. Despite having signed an acknowledgment of the Broker’s Policy and Procedure Manual, the agent still failed to input the contract and timely deposit the funds. Nevertheless, because of these policies and procedures, the Principal Broker was still able to discover the error and report the escrow violation to DPOR, ensuring that she properly supervised the agents in the firm.
Article - August 2, 2021 - VAR Legal Team
In this case, an agent performs regulated activities outside of her brokerage firm. Real estate licensees must not perform regulated activities outside of their brokerage firm.
Article - July 28, 2021 - VAR Legal Team
Laura and Jon discuss Article 10, Standard of Practice 10-5 Case Interpretations that were recently adopted by NAR’s Professional Standards Committee.
Podcast - June 15, 2021