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Important NAR Resources for REALTORSŪ

Wire fraud notices, social media policies, and much more

by Bradley Jones

Wire Fraud Notices

Here are several variations of wire fraud notices that can be adopted by brokers and utilized in a variety of formats including, but not limited to, email, websites, and formal letters.

Email notice

An email notice is not a substitute for talking to your clients and other participants in your real estate transactions about email wire fraud, but including a warning will remind them of the danger and show that you are keeping their interests in mind. You can use the following template to create your own wire fraud email notice:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Never trust wiring instructions sent via email. Cyber criminals are hacking email accounts and sending emails with fake wiring instructions. These emails are convincing and sophisticated. Always independently confirm wiring instructions in person or via a telephone call to a trusted and verified phone number. Never wire money without double-checking that the wiring instructions are correct.

Other notices

In an effort to educate clients about the risk of wire fraud, a number of REALTOR® associations have developed wire fraud notices for use by their members. In addition to serving as an educational tool, the integration of such a notice in a real estate professional’s practice may serve as an effective risk management tool to protect real estate professionals from liability related to wire fraud. Here are several examples of wire fraud notices: 

 

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Create a Social Media Usage Policy

NAR provides brokers with a template that may be used when developing a social media policy for the their firm. The template can be customized to meet the needs of the broker and reflect the business practices of his/her business.

 

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NAR Library & Archive

It’s important to know how to identify and communicate material facts. Never make assumptions or give your best guess. “I don’t know, but I will get that information and get back to you,” is a good response when you need to research a subject before answering a question.

NAR’s Library and Archives offers a variety of research services and thousands of print and digital resources for use by NAR members and association staff. Unlike a general internet search, this service offers information especially for REALTORS®.

 

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Go Local Directory


The Go Local Directory gives you access to one of the largest Affiliate networks in the state. Whatever your real estate-related need may be, this portal connects you with industry leaders from around the Golden Isles.


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