Our next office meeting is Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 10:00am..

posted Mar 25, 2019, 9:00 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 25, 2019, 9:01 AM ]

Please bring your win for the month and any challenges you are facing along with any topics you would like to discuss.  I am going to talk about buyer letters (letters written to seller when we work with buyer) and seller letters (letters we leave out for buyers to read in our listings).  Thanks, BGW

Pearl Anniversary

posted Mar 24, 2019, 6:04 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 24, 2019, 6:04 AM ]

Today marks 30 years in the real estate business for me.  A few years ago while I was having a minor surgery a nurse asked me what I did for a living and I told her I have a PhD in real estate (LOL).  It has been a fun ride.  Thanks for being a part of it!  BGW

Redfin listing offer and..

posted Mar 23, 2019, 9:51 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 23, 2019, 10:42 AM ]

When you list a home you are probably receiving an offer from Redfin asking to extend an accepting offers date to those who have viewed the listing on Redfin's website.  I have pondered this and believe we should not get involved as it it conveys a message similar to auctioning which we are not doing.  If for some reason you think it is a good idea I am happy to discuss with you and at a minimum you would need to explain to your seller client and obtain their permission to get involved.

On another note: When we do list a home and go live in the MLS the listing should be all of the following:

1) Complete with all fields filled out including room dimensions.

2) Have a well written description.  You can use our headline analyzer for the first sentence of the description and keep wording to a minimum.  I understand that not all of us are the best at writing but some effort should be put forth to make the property appealing, revealing it's highlights.  I am available to help with this if you are struggling but please give me notice (I am decent at writing but not good at being creative with 10 minutes notice).

3) Photos.  Most of us are not good at photography and snapping off shots from our iphones and posting them is usually substandard.  Quality images are essential and the amount of photos, order and repetition all play in to properly displaying the property.  Property highlights (like a built in pool) should appear early in the sequence (since we can't have as primary) and multiple shots of rooms should be kept to a minimum so we don't bore the viewer and lose them.  An orderly sequence makes it more interesting for the buyer, too.  Here is an example of a place I sold in Fairview Park that was interesting and fun to write about.  Again I am happy to help with this stuff, our clients pay a large sum for our services and deserve our best.  Example

New Receptionist for Monday - Wednesday ~ 11:00am - 4:00pm..

posted Mar 21, 2019, 12:37 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 21, 2019, 12:37 PM ]

I hired Rose Cutler to fill the above position.  She will not start until May 1.  I will now work on Thursday - Friday hire.  Thanks, BGW

Title Company Addresses

posted Mar 16, 2019, 11:29 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 16, 2019, 11:30 AM ]

In our Toolbox under Procedures you will find above so you have a quick reference when you need to mail an earnest money check to the title company.  Please keep in mind that promissory notes need to be redeemed within 4 days of acceptance. and checks need to be forwarded to title company immediately (not after results of home inspection or otherwise).  Thanks, BGW

Video and audio home surveillance and listed property..

posted Mar 15, 2019, 6:44 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 15, 2019, 6:45 PM ]

By Lorie Garland, Ohio REALTORS Assistant Vice President of Legal Services

Q: During a listing appointment the seller disclosed to my agent that there are video and audio surveillance equipment on his property. The seller stated his intent to record showings, because he wants to hear what buyers and agents are saying about his property. Is it legal for the seller to do this? Does the listing agent need to disclose to buyer agents that the showings are being recorded?

A: Ohio law addresses both audio and video recordings. Under Ohio law a seller is permitted to use surveillance equipment to video record on his property. The equipment used is commonly referred to as a “nanny cam.” There are, however, limitations on that right to record. A seller should not record in locations where there is an expectation of privacy, for example a bathroom.

Audio recordings, though, have stricter requirements. Under Ohio law, in order to legally make an audio recording, at least one person being recorded must consent to being recorded. Therefore, for a seller to use surveillance equipment to audio record conversations during a showing of their property, one of the individuals at the showing would have to consent to the recording. For most showings this would be either the buyer’s agent or the buyer. The fact that the seller knows about the audio recording would not be sufficient since the seller is not typically present during showings, and therefore is not a party to the conversation being recorded.

Violations of the above provisions are a 4th degree felony under Ohio law.

There are two ways to approach listing a property with video and audio surveillance equipment present. The first approach is to request that the seller turn off their surveillance equipment during showings or anytime the property is being accessed where the conversation of others will take place (i.e. an inspection, appraisal). This requirement could be limited to audio recordings or apply to all surveillance equipment and could be included as a term of the listing agreement.

The other approach is to disclose the use of surveillance equipment and obtain consent to any audio recording. Notification of surveillance equipment could be made through the MLS or any other method used to communicate property access information. Also, a surveillance equipment notice should be posted at the property. Consent to an audio recording would need to be obtained prior to a showing or granting access to others pursuant to your duties under the listing agreement. Consent to audio recordings should be obtained in writing. For a showing, written consent would be required from the buyer’s agent or the buyer. If the buyer’s agent is providing the consent it should only be given with the knowledge and written authorization of the buyer. 

The bottom line is that a brokerage should adopt a policy on listing property with surveillance equipment and communicate that policy to all licensees. If a property has surveillance equipment, the seller should be made aware of Ohio law in this area and the existence of any surveillance equipment should be disclosed to others and proper consent to audio recordings obtained. Buyer agents should caution their clients regarding property surveillance equipment and should never do or say anything in a property that they would not want the seller to know.

Legal articles provided in the Ohio REALTORS Buzz are intended to provide broad, general information about the law and is not intended to be legal advice. Before applying this information to a specific legal problem, readers are urged to seek advice from an attorney.

Pre-completed agency disclosure attached to listing by listing agent..

posted Mar 12, 2019, 12:21 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 12, 2019, 1:35 PM ]

I just read an article about this practice occurring in the marketplace and was approached by one of our own today asking if we should use it and the answer is NO.  The license law clearly states that the selling agent is the one who is to complete the agency disclosure when they write an offer.  When completing it should have all parties information including the seller's full names.  If the listing agency is a team it is the team leader's duty to provide the names of those who will be involved in the transaction on the seller's side.  Needless to say, we won't be engaging in this practice on the listing side.  Thanks, BGW

Topic from our meeting | Please take 3 minutes to watch..

posted Mar 9, 2019, 11:12 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 9, 2019, 11:13 AM ]

CE Class | Wire Fraud | If you can attend, please do! | Click on image below to sign up..

posted Mar 9, 2019, 6:37 AM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Mar 9, 2019, 6:37 AM ]

Front Desk..

posted Feb 28, 2019, 5:58 PM by Brian G. Walsh   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 5:59 PM ]

Tien's last day was today.  I will be covering front desk while working on filling the spot.  Please keep things coming to the the admin email and I will tend to them during normal business hours 11a - 4p.  Occasionally I may need to step out for a bit, please know that things will be taken care of.  I have received some resume's and inquiries so things are already in the works.  Thank you, BGW

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