ARELLO News Archive

Distance Education Standards Update

The ARELLO Education Certification Committee reviewed the Standards for any necessary updates to ensure IDECC is providing the highest quality certification for distance education. We are providing a public comment period for our stakeholders and encourage any feedback you may have. Please visit the Distance Education Certification Program page to review the revisions and send comments.

Still Time to Register for the 2013 Annual Conference

There's still time to register for the 2013 ARELLO Annual Conference in Seattle!  This year's conference promises to be filled with valuable information, networking opportunities and fun too!  Click here for more information and to register.

ARELLO appoints new CEO

It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the selection of Susan Gilpin, JD, as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials. After an extensive search, Susan was chosen for her proven leadership success with nonprofits and her vast experience in business.  We believe she is a perfect fit for ARELLO and its programs and services.

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Susan has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past 15 years.  After graduating from law school and passing the Illinois Bar exam she began work in the private sector as a Senior Tax Analyst in the Tax Department of The Northern Trust Company.  At the time that she left The Northern Trust Company, 13 years later, she was a Vice President managing client servicing staff for more than 100 public pension plans.

Susan is the former Executive Director of Cornerstone Foundation for the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, where she had management responsibility for its endowment. Prior to this role, Susan was the President of C200 and Executive Director of C200 Foundation, a membership organization for pre-eminent international women business leaders. Her career demonstrates a results oriented executive with a solid record of achievement.

In addition to her work experience, she has served on volunteer boards affiliated with her community and church.  Her most notable board experience was on the governing board of Eastern Illinois University (EIU), a state university of 11,000 full-time students.  She had the distinction of being selected by her peers to be the first woman to serve as chairperson of the EIU Board. 

We feel very fortunate to have Susan as ARELLO’s new leader. I would like to give sincere thanks to the Search Committee members for all their efforts and time spent seeking out Susan. Thank you to Gene Bentley, Grace Berger, Karen Crowson, Teresa Hoffman, Gary Isom, Jeanne Jackson-Heim, Richard Strader, and Fran Whitley.

Thank you for your membership in ARELLO and we look forward to having you meet Susan in person at our Mid Year Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. Susan’s first day with ARELLO will be February 4, 2013.

Warmest Regards,

Leon Lewis
2013 ARELLO President

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British Columbia Requires Referral Fee Recordkeeping

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia has promulgated new rules that, effective July 1, 2012, require real estate brokerages to prepare and maintain records specifically relating to referral fees that are paid or received by licensees.

As explained in the Council's Professional Services Manual, "Some licensees pay or receive referral fees. Typically, referral fees are paid by a licensee for receiving a 'lead' which results in the licensee earning remuneration. A licensee might receive a referral fee for referring a client to another licensee or a service provider if that client uses the services of that other person."

To view the full article, please log in to access the July 2012 Boundaries; click HERE.

New Zealand Advises Licensees to Check Property Titles

The New Zealand Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) is reminding licensees to be aware of their responsibility to check the titles of properties that they market for sale. The reminder and an accompanying REAA Information Sheet on the subject arose from a New Zealand Disciplinary Tribunal guidance decision that establishes the duty of licensees to perform a title search, or cause one to be performed, and be familiar with the resulting information.

To view the full article, please log in to access the June 2012 Boundaries; click HERE.

Canada’s Tough New Anti-Spam Laws

The Canadian government is reportedly close to finalizing regulations that will enter into force the nation's new anti-spam legislation, which some industry observers are calling the toughest of its kind in the world. The legislation, commonly referred to as Canada's Anti-Spam Law or "CASL", applies to a broad range of commercial communications, including those of real estate agents, and carries potentially severe penalties.

For the full article, please log in to access the April 2012 Boundaries; click HERE.

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The Organisme d'autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ) has announced that it intends to appeal a decision issued by the Court of Quebec acquitting DuProprio, Inc. of allegations that the unlicensed company violated Quebec's Real Estate Brokerage Act by leading others to believe that it was authorized to carry out the activities of a real estate broker or agent.

According to information contained on its website [English language version], DuProprio, which means "by the owner" in English, provides homeowners with access to its online property listing website, legal assistance, a seller's guide and other tools to "...help the seller determine the right price, prepare the property for sale, find a buyer and close the transaction." Upon registration, a company advisor will visit the owner's home, take photographs, set up a "For Sale" sign and provide "...any help you need to market your home." The company also offers access to comparative market analyses or appraisals, property brochures, newspaper advertising and other services. The company recently rebranded itself as "Comfree.com" to emphasize that it does not charge commissions, but rather offers fixed rate packages that it calls "turnkey marketing services".

For the full article, please log in to access the February 2012 Boundaries; click HERE.

Western Australia Issues Fraud Prevention Rules and Tools for Licensees

The Western Australia Department of Commerce (the Department) has developed new conduct standards and guidelines that require real estate licensees to verify the identity of property owners as a means of combating increasingly prevalent identity fraud and related property scams.

According to the Department, the regulatory initiatives followed highly publicized incidents in 2010 and 2011 in which properties were sold without the knowledge of the lawful owners. The sales were reportedly undertaken by real estate agents who were contacted by criminals impersonating the true owners. In two cases, the properties were being managed for overseas owners. The perpetrators contacted the agent, masqueraded as the owner and provided new contact details to facilitate the schemes.

For the full article, please log in to access the February 2012 Boundaries; click HERE.

New International Listing Site: "It's Not Enough Any Longer to Just List Property in English"

One of the newest international real estate websites, http://www.juwai.com, claims that its online listing service launched over two months ago is already the largest international property search and information platform for Chinese real estate buyers, which the company says is the fastest growing group of buyers in the world.

According to the company, its new international property search and information platform for Mandarin-speaking Chinese was launched with a display of over one million listings from over 80,000 agents and developers in the USA, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Japan. According to company co-founder, Andrew Taylor, "It's not enough any longer to just list property in English...Chinese will be the dominant language on the Internet by 2015, and Chinese are among the fastest growing group of property buyers around the world.

For the full article, please log in to access the February 2012 Boundaries; click HERE.

New Zealand Implements "10+10" Continuing Education Framework

The Real Estate Agents Authority (REAA) has implemented a new continuing education framework that reflects the "next step" in ongoing regulatory reforms that were mandated by New Zealand's Real Estate Agents Act 2008. The legislation shifted the responsibility for regulation of real estate agents from a non-governmental industry organization to REAA and, among many other things, authorized it to develop new educational requirements.

The REAA's new "10+10" continuing education framework requires every New Zealand real estate licensee to annually complete 10 hours of "non-verifiable" and 10 hours of "verifiable" continuing education (CE). The "non-verifiable" component of the "10+10" system recognizes that licensees already undertake various kinds of industry-based education. The REAA will accept non-verifiable CE including industry-generated workshops, online seminars, work toward completing personal professional development plans and a wide range of in-house training activities. Alternatively, non-verifiable CE may include continuing education that is a part of membership in a professional association, such as the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand's (REINZ) Continuing Professional Development program.

To view the full article, please log in to access the January 2012 Boundaries; click HERE.

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