Janik, Bochenek discusses legal issues with Illinois REALTORS®

IAR CEO Gary Clayton with Laurie Ganz of session sponsor RPR, Laurie Janik and Steve Boheneck. IAR recognized Janik for her years of service to the REALTOR family. She retires this November after being with NAR since 1977 and General Counsel since 1987.

Day three of the Illinois Association of REALTORS Fall Conference & Expo began with the Legal Issues Update featuring IAR legal counsel Steve Bochenek and Laurie Janik, general counsel for the National Association of REALTORS.

Janik pointed to a risk reduction tool developed by NAR Legal Affairs explaining how brokers and agents should properly disclose flood insurance requirementsand reduce the risk of claims of misrepresentation.

Fair housing remains a topic for top-of-mind awareness for agents and brokers. Janik highlighted recent testing in threecities with established Hispanic markets. Although the cities picked were not in Illinois there are many areas in Chicago that could have been picked.

Pocket listings are on the rise and while there have been no legal cases yet, agents and brokers must be aware of potential antitrust and fair housing problems.

Among the issues highlighted by Steve Bohenick are on the topic of social media, Cook Count Section 8, and Community Association management Licensing, concealed carry and hands-free rules effective Jan. 1, 2014 in Illinois. Here are resources IAR members have access to:

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About Ann Londrigan

Ann Londrigan is Director of Association Outreach and Marketing for the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. She is responsible for increasing member engagement in and awareness for IAR Governmental Affairs and the RVOICE program as well as increasing participation in the REALTORS® Political Action Committee. She is responsible for overall marketing plans for IAR member benefits, educational products and events and is the content manager for IAR's Facebook page and LinkedIn discussion group. She manages the IAR Welcome Center, serves as staff liaison to the University of Illinois Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, and coordinates the IAR housing stats program.