Category Archives: Legal

Legal Video: Copyrights on Real Estate Photos

Who owns the rights to the images of a property that you list? The professional photographer… the homeowner… you? Virginia REALTORS® attorney Laura Farley discusses the limited licenses for images and the liability that may come if you are in the … Continue reading

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Legal Video: Text Messages as a Contract…?

Virginia REALTORS®’ Associate General Counsel Erin Barton discusses whether or not exchanging text messages can constitute contractual obligation. Find out what the precedents are and how relying on this communication might affect your business. Click the video to watch.

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Legal Video: Assistance Animals and Reasonable Accommodation Requests

Virginia REALTORS®’ Laura Farley offers clarification on the Virginia Real Estate Board (VREB) Guidance Document regarding reasonable accommodation requests for assistance animals. Click the video to watch.

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Legal Video: New Forms

On January 1, 2017, Virginia REALTORS® released one new form, Form 670 – New Construction Contract of Purchase. Additionally, 8 forms were updated: Form 400 – Exclusive Authorization to Sell Form 410 – Exclusive Authorization to Sell – Limited Service … Continue reading

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Legal Video: Property Management Escrow Accounts

VAR’s Erin Barton discusses the Virginia Real Estate Board regulations governing property management escrow accounts. Topics covered include account set-up and maintenance, broker responsibility, timelines for deposit, escrow disbursement, and differences between security deposits, application deposits, prepaid rent, and monthly … Continue reading

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Legal Video: Compensation Under Listing Agreements

Laura Farley, the Virginia REALTORS®’ Vice President of Legal Operations and Deputy General Counsel, discusses the compensation paragraphs in VAR listing agreements. Sellers often wonder about how much they are going to have to pay when listing their property and who … Continue reading

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Legal Video: Broker Self Audit

Virginia Association of REALTORS® Staff Counsel Erin Barton provides a quick overview of the Broker Self Audit process, including where to find the form, how to fill it out, and what to do with the form when it is completed. Click … Continue reading

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Legal Video: Data Security Program Basics from NAR

The change in the calendar year is a great reminder to review and refresh business practices. You may have a list of New Year’s resolutions for yourself, but what about your business? If data security is one of your resolutions, you can … Continue reading

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Webinar now online: An Introduction to Residential Property Management

Check out the most recent legal webinar on VAR’s site now.  Laura Farley and Erin Barton offer a general overview of property management and the process of getting a lease signed. Discussion topics include: Differences between the Virginia Residential Landlord … Continue reading

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Legal Video: Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act

VAR’s Laura Farley provides an overview of the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act, how the law can impact leases in Virginia and how it interplays with the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act. As we recognize Veterans Day this week (November 11), … Continue reading

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