Congratulations to Troy Brinkley of Impera Commercial and Land Company in Virginia Beach. Not only did Troy win the 2012 Platinum Commercial Sales & Leasing Achievement Award from the Hampton Roads REALTOR® Association, but NAR picked up on that. It added Troy to its list of National Commercial Award recipients, who were honored during the NAR Conference & Expo:
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This appeared in the April/May issue of Commonwealth magazine.
With more and more electronic communication being done in public — the “social” part of social media — you’ll find that you can never really remove your Realtor hat. That means you need to be extra careful when you’re writing an e-mail, crafting a blog post, or replying to a tweet.
And I don’t just mean “always be professional.” I mean that there are disclosure rules from both the Virginia Real Estate Board and the Realtor Code of Ethics that apply online whenever you engage in “advertising.”
And believe me, the definition of “advertising” is pretty broad.
We’ve told you before about the USDA’s rural-housing loan program, which provides no-down-payment loan for rural homes.
Now two U.S. senators hope to expand the program’s definition of “rural” even further, so more people can take advantage of the program.
Here’s a chance to earn four hours of CE/PL and probably learn about something different — and something a lot of folks don’t know about.
The Virginia Realtors Land Institute and Virginia Tech have partnered to offer “Real Forestry for Real Estate” — a course that will help you not only sell land to prospective clients, but be able to give them useful information about managing their property. (No prior knowledge of trees is necessary!)
This is a reminder — but an important one — about post-licensing curriculum changes. (It will mostly affect new real estate licensees, but brokers need to remember it.)
The PL curriculum is changing from three tracks (residential, property management, commercial) to a single-track system.
- The old system will be in place until December 31, 2013.
- The new system will be available starting July 1, 2013.
The overlap is what’s important.
You know you must take 30 hours of PL education within a year of getting your license. You must take those 30 hours under the current system or the new system — you cannot mix them.