January 7, 2019
New! Professional Standards Corner
In every Association Newsletter, we will feature an article, case study, or other item related to Professional Standards. Some case studies will be samples from the Code of Ethics manual. Others will be actual cases involving GRAR members (with names omitted).
A Quick Guide of REALTOR ®   Courtesies
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To begin the series, this handy one-page guide published by NAR entitled "Pathways to Professionalism" covers 42 professional courtesies in the categories of:
(1) Respect for the Public ,
(2) Respect for Property, and
(3) Respect for Peers .

These should be practiced by all REALTORS®.
Code of Ethics Case Study
A case study from NAR's Code of Ethics manual
REALTOR® A, who had recently earned her real estate license, was found to have violated Article 12 for advertising a listed property without disclosing her status as either a REALTOR® or as a real estate licensee. At the hearing, REALTOR® A acknowledged her oversight and it was clear to the Hearing Panel that the violation was inadvertent and unintentional. The panel concluded that a letter of reprimand and attendance at a three (3) hour Code of Ethics update session was appropriate.

Two months later, REALTOR® A was charged with a nearly identical violation. After concluding that she had, in fact, violated Article 12, the Hearing Panel was given access to REALTOR® A’s files to see whether REALTOR® A had previously violated the Code so that appropriate discipline could be recommended. It was the conclusion of the Hearing Panel that a second violation of the same Article, occurring just months after the first violation, warranted more serious discipline. REALTOR® A was fined $1,000 and required to attend a full day ethics education program. (Revised 5/13)

Three months later, REALTOR® A was again found to have violated Article 12. The Hearing Panel was then given access to REALTOR® A’s file and, upon learning of the two (2) prior violations in less than a year, recommended a $5,000 fine. (Revised 5/13)
Advertising Regulations & Guidelines
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We often receive questions about New York State’s advertising regulations. This was a common topic at our Fall series of Member Update Breakfasts. We thought we’d take this opportunity to share the link to the NYSAR Advertising Regulations web page. Follow the link to find the full text of the regulations, a recording of Anthony Gatto’s presentation on this subject, and other reference material.
If you have questions that aren’t covered by these resources, NYSAR’s legal hotline is the place to go. (518) 436-9727.
Craigslist Scams
We recently received a report of some Craigslist scam activity related to real estate in our area again. Please be aware that this is an ongoing issue occurring in communities all over the world. Here is a PDF with some tips GRAR has put together to combat internet real estate scams. You can also Visit the Craigslist Safety page for tips on recognizing suspected scams.
2019 Economic Forecast Breakfast
January 24 at the DoubleTree Hotel
$25 Per Person includes breakfast
8:30 AM Breakfast Served | 8:45 – 10:00 AM Program
Featured Presenters:
Danielle Hale – Chief Economist,®
Gary Keith – VP and Regional Economist, M&T Bank
Gary Keith will give us his forecast for the local and regional outlook for 2019 followed by an insightful presentation from Danielle Hale on the housing market, its impact on our industry in 2019, as well as trends in new construction and remodeling.
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