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Cybersecurity Real Estate Scams Expanding Quickly

The FBI expects cyber-criminals to steal more than six trillion dollars globally by 2021, according to the hacker-author of “Catch Me If You Can.” ..

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NY Landlord Paying $1M for Denying Ex-Felon Renters

A Queens landlord who allegedly denied renting to any ex-convict will pay $1.187 million, based on a lawsuit initiated in 2014 that claimed it violated the Fair Housing Act. The Fortune Society, which sued, says it’s possibly the largest settlement..

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National Association of Realtors Installs 2020 Leadership

Christine Hansen, Florida Realtors 2018 president, will serve as NAR’s vice president, advocacy. Vince Malta, a Realtor from San Francisco, will serve as president. ..

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FHA: OK for Brokers to Get Commissions on HUD REO Homes

HUD will update its system and allow brokers to be paid commissions on all competitive sales regardless of the individual or entity purchasing a HUD REO property. ..

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Expert Tips to Search Google Better, Faster

An internet search is as much art as science, and “information at your fingertips” is only true if you can find it. These Google search shortcuts can save you time. ..

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NAR: Code of Ethics Training Required Only Every 3 Years

Realtors must take NAR’s Code of Ethics training by the end of 2021 to remain members, but the timeframe then changes from once every two years to once every three. ..

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Median-Priced Homes Unaffordable in 74% of Markets

ATTOM report: 3 out of 4 U.S. workers making their city’s average wage cannot afford to buy a median-priced home to live in. ..

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Q&A: Neighbor’s Landscaper Killed My Trees. What Can I Do?

After overcutting killed palm trees, the city charged the homeowner with a code violation for not removing them. Is the neighbor responsible for damages and fines? ..

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A Laser Beam Can Entice Alexa to Spill Your Secrets

It sounds far-fetched – the stuff of sci-fi – but high-tech crooks who see a voice-activated device through a window can tell it to unlock doors via a laser beam. ..

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Florida Realtors, NAEA/Propertymark Sign Agreement for the Future

At the NAR conference, Pres. Eric Sain met with leaders of NAEA in the U.K. to establish a mutually beneficial relationship to generate more business opportunities. ..

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