Press play: in 5 minutes or less you can be up to date on a variety of common legal issues.
Please note that videos below are in alphabetical order by topic.
VAR's Blake Hegeman addressing a classic hotline topic: advertising. Some of the questions addressed here are:
VAR's Blake Hegeman discusses the perennial favorite topic: what goes down when agents leave or change firms?
VAR, in collaboration with forms providers from around the state, has created new forms to help you comply with changes to agency law. These forms are concise and user-friendly and are the product of an effort to reduce the number of new agency disclosure forms. VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through new forms and changes to some old favorites, like:
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through the ins and outs of anti-trust law. This is an important issue for REALTORS® especially - there have been many recent crackdowns on the real estate industry. Make sure you know:
VIDEO: BROKER COMPETENCY
VAR Legal Counsel Blake Hegeman outlines a broker's responsibilities under the REALTOR® Code of Ethics Article 11. With a changing market, a broker remains obligated to provide service and guidance to customers only in the areas in which they can do so competently. Do you know everything you should about the following areas before offering service and guidance?
VIDEO: COMMISSIONS & COMPENSATION
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through some of the most common questions Realtors® have about a pretty important topic: commissions and getting paid. Blake gives some answers to questions like:
VAR's Blake Hegeman explains some common scenarios regarding contract terminations and releases, including:
VAR's Blake Hegeman introduces the newly revised hotline FAQs brochure and answers these common questions:
CLICK HERE to download the newly revised 25 Legal Hotline FAQs brochure Blake mentions in this video.
Want to know what's up with VAR's new Form 100 ("Disclosure of Brokerage Relationship to Unrepresented Parties")? Sound like gibberish to you? VAR Legal Counsel Blake Hegeman clears up some common misunderstandings around this required disclosure, including when you need to give it, and who it needs to be given to.
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through some classic disclosure questions, including:
See also: UNUSUAL DISCLOSURE SCENARIOS
VIDEO: DUAL AGENCY
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through some important changes to Virginia's agency law as it affects dual agency practices. These changes took effect in 2012 and are reflected in VAR's updated standard forms.
VIDEO: EARNEST MONEY DEPOSITS & ESCROW (Scroll down on page to see this video)
VAR's Blake Hegeman talks about one of the hottest topics on the legal hotline: earnest money deposits (EMDs) and escrow. This video covers:
One of the most important duties a REALTOR® has is holding a clients' funds for Earnest Money Deposits. VAR's Blake Hegeman updates viewers on EMDs by covering this info:
VAR's Blake Hegeman explains all about your obligations to your clients regarding the presentation of offers on their property, including explaining:
VIDEO: FAIR HOUSING
VAR's Blake Hegeman covers the basics on common fair housing questions, including:
VAR's Blake Hegeman answers some important questions about disclosing some, er, interesting scenarios, including:
VAR's Blake Hegeman takes you beyond "material adverse facts" and explores what other property conditions it might be a good idea to let prospective buyers know about, even before they view a property. After all, liability starts at the first viewing. Discussed here:
VAR's Blake Hegeman gives you an overview of some friendly legislation VAR has sponsored over the past several years that help you limit your liability, including:
VIDEO: LICENSE TRANSFER PROCESS UPDATE FROM DPORVAR's Blake Hegeman delivers some good news in this May 2013 special edition. The transfer process for licensees in Virginia has been streamlined so that our members can begin working at their new firm immediately when transferring. Blake explains the requirements of the new process, including:
VAR's Blake Hegeman explains all about how offers of cooperation in the MLS work, plus a very important list of do's and don'ts. PLUS: What has Blake saying "It's none of your business!" Watch this video and find out.
VIDEO: ONLINE ETIQUETTE & THE LAWVAR Legal Counsel Blake Hegeman walks you through a few common online etiquette scenarios that could get you or your agents in hot water. In this episode, Blake will cover:
VAR's Blake Hegeman delivers a preview of the soon-to-be-released 2013 update to the wildly popular 25 Legal Hotline FAQ booklet. As part of the teaser, he'll answer two sticky questions about the POA Act, covering:
VIDEO: PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATIONS
VAR's Blake Hegeman talks about property owners associations, the dreaded POA packet, and more, including:
VAR's Blake Hegeman talks about the required disclosures and best practices for online advertising, plus some great rebate and referral guidelines.Questions answered include:
VIDEO: A REGULATORY GRAB BAG
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through some interesting regulatory points, including:
VIDEO: REPRESENTING THE SELLER
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through the duties you have to a seller, not just as an agent but as a FIRM. Blake talks about
VAR's Blake Hegeman answers your questions about the Residential Property Disclosure Act requirements, including:
VIDEO: STIGMATIZED PROPERTIES
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through some very common questions about
VIDEO: TEAMSJoin VAR's Blake Hegeman as he discusses real estate sales teams. Blake answers common questions like:
VIDEO: UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAWYou're not a lawyer – you don't even play one on TV. What constitutes the unauthorized practice of law? Hint: Better think twice before writing that contract for a fee if you're not a part of the transaction. Blake walks you through the most common instances where this very dangerous practice occurs.
VIDEO: UNUSUAL DISCLOSURE SCENARIOS
VAR's Blake Hegeman walks you through some unusual scenarios, such as:
See also: DISCLOSURES