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CPAR had a wonderful May meeting featuring Margy Grant, Esq., CAR, RCE/Vice President and General Counsel for Florida Realtors®. Her information is geared to protect us as brokers and agents. A few things she covered: (1) Getty Images is on the hunt for real estate agents “borrowing” photos that are copyrighted and using them in MLS, social media, websites, etc. They will catch you and they will fine you. (2) CraigsList. People are taking listings and modifying them, especially rental properties. (3) Don’t advertise other brokerage listings on your media unless you have permission (4) Escrow accounts are the #1 red flag for FREC and DPR audits, Keep up your escrow accounts. Some of these infractions can be Felonies and will terminate your real estate license (5) Set up Google alerts for your name and your company (for brokers). Anytime you are mentioned, you will be flagged and emailed for notification. It is a free service. (6) Keep your files for at least 5 years. (7) Discussed the story of the agent in Tampa who was flagged by Fair Housing for a listing on his IDX website that wasn’t his listing but was a Fair Housing violation. We are fortunate to have Margy come meet with us annually. You need to attend these meetings to stay up to date on your industry. By Deborah Catterton, CPAR Vice President Charles Rutenburg

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