Columbus REALTORS® e-notes for February 24, 2017

Pendings increase drops inventory further
Central Ohio saw 2,473 homes go into contract during the month of January, up 24.5 percent from the previous month, and 4.4 percent higher than a year ago.  Read the full report here.

Changes to Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Contract – Section 6
The Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Contract has been modified. The following text has been added at the end of the Section 6: Seller acknowledges that photos and/or videos may be taken of the property. It is the intent of the MLS committee that this change serve as notification to sellers that photos and videos may be taken for multiple purposes including marketing and comparison.  They may be taken by various parties such as agents, inspectors, appraiser, and even prospective buyers. More info.

Beware of ‘Survey’ email
A number of real estate licensees notified the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing about receiving an email with the subject line “Real Estate Coaching Survey for OH lic.” encouraging participation in an online survey. Please be aware that the survey email is not coming from — nor is it being conducted  — by the Division. The email is identified as being sent by “Survey Club.” More info.

Discounted Cameron Mitchell Gift Cards are back!

The seasonal promotion of 20% off Cameron Mitchell gift cards has returned! Orders can be placed here. All order forms and payment must be received by Wednesday, March 8, at 5pm. This order form can be emailed to Kelly Simmons or faxed to (614) 337-7559. Gift cards will be available for pickup in the Columbus REALTORS® Member Services Center on Thursday, March 16 after 12pm.

ODRE sessions on HB 532
The Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing is conducting sessions across Ohio regarding HB 532 and the changes in license law taking effect April, 2017. One session is being held in Columbus on March 22 and is also available for CE credit. More info and register here.

Going above and beyond
Have you had an experience with a REALTOR® who exemplified professionalism and the code of ethics in difficult situations? If so, please contact Janet Pareja so we can recognize them.
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