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Ways To Protect Yourself, Business Against Cyberattacks Written by RIKI MARKOWITZ / Contributing Writer

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These days, most people know what a cyberattack is, but too many still don’t know how to recognize the signs of an imminent attack or how to prevent one. Out of the six areas of industry that hackers are most likely to target, many real estate professionals overlap in two of those areas. Businesses at greatest risk for a security breach are those that employ fewer than 50 people, which includes a majority of agencies as well as independent agents. And professionals who are in possession of large sums of money and clients’ financial information are also at highest risk for a cyberattack.

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Here, we’ll go through a few ways to protect your real estate business from criminals that would love to get their hands on banking passwords, social security numbers, and other personal information that hackers use to enrich themselves and drain cash, savings, and even a sense of security from hard working members of society. But first, it helps to know some of the most common and successful cyberattacks and what makes REALTORS such an attractive target.


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ABoR Takes Ireland in First-Ever Overseas Delegation If you know me, you know that I originally joined the ABoR Board of Directors to make a difference in our Association and bring positive change that would propel ABoR to the forefront of the industry.

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Now more than halfway through my year as President, I’m proud to say we’ve achieved many big “firsts” for our Association this year, from a massive Service Day that delivered 1,500 Wellness Kits to neighbors experiencing homelessness to a halfday Housing Summit that was attended by almost 400 real estate professionals in person and online.

In July, ABoR embarked on our first-ever international trade delegation as part of our three-time, Platinum-rated ABoR Global program. ABoR was named NAR Ambassador Association to Ireland in 2020, but the pandemic has prevented us from traveling overseas until now.

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For two days, a delegation of ABoR staff and Global Ambassadors toured the Emerald Isle. They attended business meetings with our host association, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (think of IPAV as the NAR for Ireland).

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ABoR Global Congress: October 3-7, 2022 If you’re interested in venturing into international real estate, look no further than ABoR’s Global Congress taking place online from Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 7. Every day, we’ll be launching new resources for globally minded agents. The week will be full of informative and relevant seminars perfect for those emerging into global real estate and full of new content for members who have already dipped their toes into the global market. • 10/3: Constructing a Global Green Future • 10/4: Global Volunteer Pathways • 10/5: Global Career Development • 10/6: Navigating the Pathways to U.S. Real Estate • 10/7: Early Access: 2022 Central Texas International Homebuyers Report During Global Congress, members can earn or renew their Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) before and after Global Congress programming. This designation is for REALTORS® both in the United States and abroad who wish to develop or grow their international real estate business. It provides participants with the knowledge, research, network, and tools to globalize their business. • 10/3: Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools TREC# 35820 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours • 10/4: Global Real Estate: Local Markets TREC# 35821 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours • 10/5: Africa & International Real Estate TREC# 43487 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours • 10/6: Europe & International Real Estate TREC# 35732 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours • 10/7: Asia & Pacific and International TREC# 35733 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours

We started the trip with a visit to IPAV headquarters to meet with their leadership before touring some of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks. We toured Ha’penny Bridge, strolled down Grafton Street, and visited the National Gallery of Ireland before heading through the green countryside to meet with IPAV members. We ended the day with a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Reception in Athlone, Ireland.

Day Two Our Austin-led U.S. delegation attended the AGM conference, where our fearless CEO, Emily Chenevert, spoke on a panel about international real estate practices and presented on the Central Texas housing market. At their gala later that evening, Emily and I presented two NAR “REALTORS® Own It” Coins to IPAV President Gerry Coffey and IPAV CEO Pat Davitt. As is tradition, these coins are not meant to be kept but passed along to another worthy recipient who embodies the willingness to lead and bring the highest professional standards to the real estate industry. Coins can be tracked online via NAR’s website (coins #0026 & #0140). And, of course, we made sure to stop for a pint of Guinness (it really is better over there) before flying home to my family. I’m honored to have been part of this milestone for ABoR and our Global program in building solid relationships with real estate professionals worldwide. ABoR’s Global Liaison, Christine Wren, thought of every detail of the trip and ensured it was a valuable ex-

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Do You Know Your Board Membership Has Three Levels? Did you know that your board membership is actually a threetiered membership? You automatically become a member of Texas REALTORS® (TR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) when you join your local Board or Association of REALTORS®. Both the State and National Level REALTOR® Associations offer many grant programs to their members and to associations at the local level.

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At the state level, Texas REALTORS® has TARHOF, or the Texas REALTORS® Housing Opportunity Foundation. This foundation was established in 2003 and promotes workforce housing and homeownMICHELE ership opportunities. TARHOF have provided numerous grants to SHERWOOD individuals, firms and organizations to aide in homeownership across 2022 PRESIDENT the state of Texas. They also provide affordable housing in low income populations, educational opportunities, and financial guidance in the homebuying process. The money TARHOF is able to award through grants is funded by REALTORS® who purchase Texas REALTORS® license plate. These plates are customizable and can be found at texasrealestalte.com/plate. The state level also provides its members with both a Legal Fund and Relief Funds. The purposes of the TR Legal fund are to help REALTORS® in the state of Texas understand their legal rights and duties under the law, to provide legal assistance for patters pending in course or governmental agencies, defraying all or a portion of legal expenses for pending litigation in which a member is a party, monitoring and participating in the actions of governmental agencies, and reimbursing travel expenses of Texas REALTORS® who participate in form development task forces. The relief funds are for members and consumers who have suffered damages and losses due to natural disasters in Texas. The Texas REALTORS® Leadership team will activate these funds in times of crisis. For instance, when a tornado hit Williamson County back in March of this year, citizens of our community were able to receive assistance for damages that the disaster caused. Much like the state level, at the National level we can access many grants that promote REALTORS® as a whole. The Consumer Advocacy Outreach Program is a grant that assists in educating and engaging consumers on public policy issues at all levels. They also have grants that cover all ranges of real estate, including Housing Opportunity, Fair Housing, Diversity and Inclusion, Issues Mobilization, Broker Engagement and so much more. Your local Association is what you make it to be. If any of these grants speak to you, reach out to your local leadership and get involved!

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[Cyberattacks continued from front page] brokerages hope that because they are so small, they’ll just fly under the radar. But any cybersecurity expert will tell you that this population of criminals actually seek out under-the-radar businesses. Hackers are extremely savvy. After all, their business is to breach “secure” software programs. In “Data Breach Investigations Report,” conducted by Verizon, researchers determined that 43 percent of cyber criminals target small businesses. And Security Magazine reported that “60 percent of all small business victims of a data breach permanently close their doors within six months of the attack.” The biggest threat risk for small businesses are social engineering scams — widely known as phishing attacks, spoof websites, and baiting. Phishing is a type of large-scale cyber scam. It’s when an attacker attempts to trick people into believing that an email or text is from a reliable source — like a bank or credit card company. They typically blast an email or text to a large number of recipients at once and hope a few responses come back. Their goal is to convince people to reset an account password or click on a link. Phishing emails can be extremely convincing because they look and sound like the businesses they’re spoofing. When victims respond to password requests, criminals can access their account and then change the password. If the victim doesn’t realize they were scammed, the hacker can run up charges on a credit card, clean out bank accounts, and access personal information like social security numbers, addresses, birthdays, and account numbers that hackers can sell on the dark web. These are the types of attacks that lead to identity theft. Phishing schemes are extremely easy to orchestrate. And while there are new victims every day, most people know that companies shouldn’t ask for passwords by text or email. So cyber criminals came up with another, more direct way to fool victims. Spear phishing is the most commonly used and most successful method of achieving a targeted attack on individuals and small businesses. The way it works is that the attacker studies a business or a single person. Using gathered intelligence, they design a custom email message that contains a malicious link or attachment. Phishers portray themselves as a known or trusted person and use subter-

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[Cyberattacks continued from page 6] fuge to convince recipients that the content of the email or text is completely safe. But once the victim clicks or opens the attachment, it automatically downloads malicious malware to their network, which offers criminals free reign to read private emails, view passwords, and even encrypt files and lock down the system until the victim pays a ransom. According to the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), in 2020, the highest reported fraud in the industry was compromised emails. Between 2015 to 2017, the FBI recorded an 1100-percent rise in the number of these types of cyber hacks. There’s even an acronym for it: EAC, email account compromise. “Fraudsters will assume the identity of the title, real estate agent, or closing attorney and forge the person’s email and other details about the transaction. The scammers will then send an email to the unknowing buyer and provide new wire instructions to the criminal’s bank account.” Smishing and pharming specifically refers to a cyber scam using text messages or a fake website. When smishing, the attacker’s goal is to get the victim to click a link, send a password or personal information, or download a corrupted attachment. When pharming, attackers design a mock website and login portal based on one that’s easily recognizable and would believably reach out to the target. The fake login page prompts the victim to type in their username and password and sends it to the attacker. As REALTORS are accustomed to sending and receiving documents via email and text, and commonly visit websites belonging to financial institutions, they’re particularly vulnerable to being a target of a social engineering scam. One of the most insidious things about these seemingly obvious cyberattacks is that most victims aren’t aware there’s a breach until it’s too late. Preventing these crimes doesn’t even require a large budget. In a few hours, staff members can be trained to identify phishing attacks and learn what to do when they suspect someone is trying to access their network.

In 2022, the Cyber Readiness Center at Texas A&M Engineering Extension service provided Texas REALTORS with a series of steps individuals can take to protect themselves from cyber criminals. • Create long, unique passwords with at least 12 characters, including a combination of letters, numerals, and symbols. • Never reuse passwords for multiple accounts. When a hacker gets ahold of one password, they’ll try using it on other accounts registered to that individual or company. • Only click a link or download an attachment from an email or text message from a confirmed, reliable source. • Avoid sharing documents or exchanging personal information in an email, text message, or even a phone call. There are plenty of secure cloud storage and filing sharing programs designed exclusively for the real estate industry. • Always use two-factor authentication. That’s when you log into an account and then receive a text or email message with a second, single-use code. • Change your passwords regularly. • Install software updates on your devices when they’re available. These are often security updates and vulnerability patches. • Backup your devices frequently and keep all your backed up data offline. Finally, the best ways to protect your business and clients is by making sure you and your staff know what types of cybercrimes you’re most likely to be a target of and what to do if anyone receives a suspicious text, email, or phone call. So the information stays fresh in everyone’s mind, schedule frequent cybersecurity meetings to remind colleagues what steps to take to prevent a cyberattack because one of the biggest vulnerabilities a business has when it comes to cyber security is human error.

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Maybe you heard about the changes that TREC adopted in July for Flood Disclosures on Leases which affected the Seller’s Temporary Lease Agreement, the Buyer’s Temporary Lease Agreement and created a new form called the Landlord’s Floodplain and Flood Notice, which are available now and become mandatory Sept. 1. There were other changes adopted during that session that can also be reviewed by visiting https://bit.ly/3pk2TOf or click on the link for “TREC’s Last Meeting Results” on their home page.

bought for my first car. I thrive on giving my opinion. You probably like having your voice heard, too, especially when it comes to your profession, when it affects how you operate your business and when you have to explain it to your clients. Wait — but how? Easy breezy!

you’ll find brief instructions, the online public comment tool, a link to Review the Proposed Rules and the meeting when the rules will be considered for adoption. Did you also know that by attending the Texas Real Estate Commission meetings you can earn additional CE? Give it shot, see how it feels to you. At the very least, you’ll have a deeper understanding of the rules and be prepared for the change and maybe you’ll even get some free CE in the process. See you soon!

So, TREC sent you an email, but your inbox may have been overloaded. So, go to TREC.texas.gov and on the right side you’ll see a handy box clearly titled “Proposed Rules Comment Period.” Once you click that box

But, how many times do you complain or hear someone complain about a new form or revisions to a form? What if you could affect those decisions? You can by participating in the Texas Real Estate Commission’s “Proposed Rules Comment Period.” The next opportunity is on Aug. 26 to Sept. 26. TREC wants to hear what you think about the proposed rules, so they give you 30 days to voice your opinion.

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Home Inventory Availability Rises pressed inventory levels to an unhealthy low, where buyers battled other buyers fiercely in bidding wars to secure a home. Buyer demand was pushed to its peak by historic low interest rates, and fear of missing out on a rising housing market.

Brett Wischnewsky Loan Officer HomeVantage The City of Austin has experienced a sharp increase in inventory of homes for sale with the trend expected to continue. In March of 2022, the city’s home inventory only accounted for 0.4 months of buyer demand. That number has now exploded to more than four times March’s figure at 1.8 months of inventory. This rapid increase in inventory is undoubtedly due to the higher cost of mortgage financing, resulting from the Federal Reserve’s mission to control inflation. The graph below depicts the City of Austin’s housing inventory from Jan. 2019 to June 2022.

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South Austin Subdivision On The Way AUSTIN | MidCity Homes, a new division of locally based Cumby Group, is building a moderately priced single-family subdivision called Southstone. The 232-home community will be on 42 acres at 1300 W. Dittmar Rd. It will offer duplex homes starting in the high $400,000s and single-family homes starting in the mid $500,000s. Amenities will include a community swimming pool, walking trail, and ten-acre park with playscape, pavilion, and grilling area. The first phase includes 59 homes. Southstone will be complete in late 2024.

Addendum for Property Subject to Mandatory Membership in a Property Owners Association TEXAS REALTORS® STAFF | Members have been asking about buyers’ ability to terminate contracts under the first two checkboxes of Paragraph A, Subdivision Information, of the Addendum for Property Subject to Mandatory Membership in a Property Owners Association (TXR 1922, TREC 36-9). Under Checkbox 1, if the seller delivers the subdivision information, a buyer can terminate within three days after receiving the information or prior to closing, whichever occurs first. If the seller doesn’t deliver the information, the buyer can terminate the contract at any time before closing. Under Checkbox 2, if the buyer obtains the information within the specified time frame, the buyer can terminate within three days after receiving the information or prior to closing, whichever occurs first. If the buyer can’t meet the specified time frame through no fault of the buyer, the buyer can terminate within three days after the time required or prior to closing, whichever occurs first.

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