Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ALERT - Amended Real Estate Brokerage Regulations

The Real Estate License Law regulations at 19 NYCRR 175.1, 175.7, 176.3, 177.3, 177.7 & 175.25 have been amended. 

The industry now has new understandings of escrow requirements, compensation, advertising, qualifying education and continuing education as of January 4, 2017. 

Summary of New Understandings:

  • As to escrow, we now know that we must deposit all escrow money within 3 business days and hold it in a secure place like a safe until such time as its deposited in the bank.
  • As to compensation, we have learned that if we are paid by more than one source, we no longer have to receive consent from all parties, just our client.
  • As to advertising, we understand that business cards must include our license type.
  • As to qualifying education, we know that we now need to learn 1 hour on the new topic of License Safety, but the topic of Property Insurance has been reduced to only 1 hour from 2. 
  • Finally, with respect to continuing education, we no longer have to take a minimum of 3 hours in a course module, but can take only 1 hour when such a course is available (Lieb School is launching a 1 hour Agency Disclosure course very soon) and each hour is now only 50 minutes long (for bathroom breaks, etc.) whereas it used to be a 60 minute requirement. 



The full amended regulations are as follows:

Section 175.1 of Title 19 NYCRR is amended to read as follows:
            Section 175.1. Commingling money of principal.
A real estate broker shall not commingle the money or other property of his principal with his own and shall at all times maintain a separate, special bank account to be used exclusively for the deposit of said monies and which deposit shall be made [as promptly as practicable] within three business days.   Until such time as the money is deposited into a separate, special bank account, it shall be safeguarded in a secure location so as to prevent loss or misappropriation.  Said monies shall not be placed in any depository, fund or investment other than a federally insured bank account.  Accrued interest, if any, shall not be retained by, or for the benefit of, the broker except to the extent that it is applied to, and deducted from, earned commission, with the consent of all parties.

Section 175.7 of Title 19 NYCRR is amended to read as follows:
            Section 175.7. Compensation.
A real estate broker shall make it clear for which party he is acting and he shall not receive compensation from more than one party except with the full knowledge and consent of [all parties] the broker’s client.

Section 176.3 (a) of Title 19 NYCRR is amended to read as follows:
            Section 176.3. Subjects for study--real estate salespersons.
            (a) The following are the required subjects to be included in the course of study in real estate for licensure as a real estate salesperson, and the required number of hours to be devoted to each subject:

Salesperson's Course
Subject Matter: Hours:
License Law and Regulations ................................... 3
Law of Agency ................................................. 11
Legal Issues .................................................. 10
The Contract of Sales and Leases .............................. 3
Real Estate Finance ........................................... 5
Land Use Regulations .......................................... 3
Construction and Environmental Issues ......................... 5
Valuation Process and Pricing Properties ...................... 3
Human Rights and Fair Housing ................................. 4
Real Estate Mathematics ....................................... 1
Municipal Agencies ............................................ 2
Property Insurance ........................................... [2] 1
License Safety ........................................... 1
Taxes and Assessments ......................................... 3
Condominiums and Cooperatives ................................. 4
Commercial and Investment Properties .......................... 10
Income Tax Issues in Real Estate Transactions ................. 3
Mortgage Brokerage ............................................ 1
Property Management ........................................... 2
Instruction ................................................... 75
Final Examination ............................................. 3
TOTAL ..................................................... 78

Section 177.3 (g) of Title 19 NYCRR is amended to read as follows:
             
 (g) a detailed outline of the subject matter of each course or seminar containing at least 22½ hours of instruction, or of each course module containing at least [three hours] one hour of instruction, together with the time sequence of each segment thereof, the faculty for each segment, and teaching techniques used in each segment;

Section 177.7 of Title 19 NYCRR is amended to read as follows:
            Section 177.7. Computation of instruction time.
            To meet the minimum statutory requirement, attendance shall be computed on the basis of an hour equaling [60] 50 minutes.

Section 175.25 (d)(2) of Title 19 NYCRR is amended to read as follows:
            Section 175.25. Business cards.


(2) Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of this section, business cards must contain the business address of the licensee, license type, and the name of the real estate broker or real estate brokerage with whom the associate real estate broker or real estate salesperson is associated. All business cards must also contain the office telephone number for the associate real estate broker, real estate salesperson or team.