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The Answer Is Simple — It Depends

The Answer Is Simple — It Depends

"It depends" is the right answer to most questions. Here the question is whether it is legal to give thank you gifts to people who refer buyers and sellers to real estate licensees. The reason I can't give a straight answer to this simple question is because it lacks...

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Social Media and Ethics

Social Media and Ethics

As reliance on cold-calling and door knocking becomes a thing of the past, digital marketing is rapidly becoming the go-to choice for lead generation and building and maintaining trust among former and future client bases. It is important to be cognizant of how our...

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Termination vs. Release . . . What Form Should I Use?

Termination vs. Release . . . What Form Should I Use?

A month ago you were so happy. Your buyers wrote an offer on a property, and the offer was accepted. Off to the races you went, figuratively speaking! Escrow funds were deposited, the mortgage process began and inspections were lined up. Then the dreaded phone call...

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LCAR Membership Updates — July, 2019

LCAR Membership Updates — July, 2019

New Members Realtors David Breinich, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HomeSale Realty Jonathan Breitegan, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HomeSale Realty Stephanie Concepcion, Iron Valley Real Estate of Lancaster Adam Hall, PPA Realty Group Nathanael Leibee, Coldwell...

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FHA — Worth the “Risk”?

FHA — Worth the “Risk”?

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) reviews and evaluates risk in an ongoing basis to ensure they can continue to support sustainable homeownership for the long term while maintaining the integrity of its insurance endorsements. Over the past few years, changes...

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CSST Gas Pipe Bonding

CSST Gas Pipe Bonding

There is a lot of confusion in the home inspection and real estate industries about gas pipe bonding. Grounding and bonding are two different things yet, from my experience, many electricians, plumbers and home inspectors don't know the difference between the two....

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Courtesies of the Common Kind

Courtesies of the Common Kind

Yep, it's that time of year again . . . that time of year when we have the talk. No, not that talk, the other talk. What am I talking about? Boy this article really went off the rails, didn't it? I'm talking about professional courtesy. It's that thing where we as...

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LCAR Board of Directors Minutes — July, 2019

LCAR Board of Directors Minutes — July, 2019

July 10, 2019 Upon motion by Rob Hess, second by Greg Bardell, the minutes of the June 12, 2019 Directors' Meeting were approved. The Directors reviewed Association updates from Bright MLS, including upcoming changes to the Hot-Sheet and Market Watch reports, as well...

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Navigating Competing Offers

Navigating Competing Offers

Competing offers are the norm in this market of limited inventory. Here are a few tips to make your life easier and to set reasonable expectations for you and your clients. Buyer Agents: The listing agent is not looking out for you, they are representing the seller....

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LCAR Membership Updates — June, 2019

LCAR Membership Updates — June, 2019

New Members Designated Realtor Nancy Batchelder, Murry Management Co. Realtors Jennifer Aloisi, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices HomeSale Realty Siti Bahaman, Lusk & Associates Sotheby's International Realty Cody Bennett, Younger Realty Group Samantha Bergantine,...

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How to Send Mass Email — Agent to Agent Contact

How to Send Mass Email — Agent to Agent Contact

A question that has come up frequently in my office over the past year or so is how can we now contact all the agents at once. The mass email function in FlexMLS was a great tool that unfortunately Bright MLS does not offer. Luckily for all of us, Tracy Matroni at...

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Lancaster County Association of Realtors®

Lancaster County Association of Realtors®