News Bulletin - July 13, 2017

Unlicensed Assistant Duties—Updated Policy
Fire Ants—What You Need to Know

Unlicensed Assistant Duties—Updated Policy
The Board of Directors reviewed and approved the Licensing Committee’s recommendation to revise the Commission Policy on the duties of unlicensed assistants. The revised policy allows unlicensed assistants to communicate the information on the client view of a listing cut to consumers.

Now when a consumer calls a brokerage to ask for information about a particular property that they saw advertised, an unlicensed assistant/employee may recite the information contained on the client view of an MLS® listing cut. Previously, unlicensed assistants/employees were not allowed to respond to advertising questions from the public and would have had to direct these calls to a licensee.

Should a consumer request information about a property beyond what is on the listing cut, or for real estate advice or opinions, the unlicensed assistant/employee then needs to direct the call to a licensee.

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Fire Ants—What You Need to Know
The Commission has recently received inquiries about fire ants. The Commission recommends that licensees advise their clients to discuss any possible infestation, including fire ants, with legal counsel to determine whether disclosures need to be made.

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