Take a proactive approach to learn how to recognize risk in your business. It’s crucial to understand how state and federal laws and regulations apply to your real estate business. Stay up to date on legal changes, and find resources for establishing conscientious procedures at your company.
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Find out about how risk management and legal liability issues can affect real estate professionals.
The Risk Management Committee has also created the following documents for use by brokerages in their efforts to manage legal risks. All of the documents are available for member firms to download and reformat as needed for their firm, including branding with their firm logo.
- Antitrust Risk Management Tool for Real Estate Brokerages
- Mortgage Fraud: Recognizing the Signs
- Associations and Social Media: Managing the Risks and Liabilities
- Protecting Listings from Rental Scams (video)
- Disclosing Flood Insurance Requirements (video)
- NAR's Internet Advertising Policy
- Consumer Guide to Insurance Hurdles in Real Estate Transactions
- Real Estate E&O Insurance: Understanding the Basics
- The Short Sale Workflow
- Succession Planning for Real Estate Brokerages
A real estate broker who becomes an agent of a seller or buyer, either intentionally through the execution of a written agreement, or unintentionally by a course of conduct, will be deemed to be a fiduciary. Read and download NAR's handout on the subject of fiduciary duty.
Social Media Risk Management
With well-crafted policies, regular training, and consultation with counsel, associations and members can minimize exposure to liability concerning key risk areas. Read an article from an association attorney about the issues to consider when using social media.
War Stories: When E&O Insurance Can Work for You
Victor Insurance Managers Inc is NAR’s recommended provider of errors & omissions insurance through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. War Stories are claims scenarios that go a step further to provide the outcome of the claim and provide helpful risk management tips. These stories from the real estate trenches illustrate how errors and omissions insurance can protect a real estate professional who might be "caught in the crossfire."Read the War Stories here
Latest Risk Management Issues
Risk Management Topic: Copyright
It is crucial to know what rights you own in listing photographs and how those rights permit you to use the photographs. In order to assist members and member firms, NAR Legal Affairs has assembled its resources related to listing photograph copyright, including sample agreements which can be modified as necessary to fit your particular needs.