State Roundup: Kansas, Michigan, Utah, and Texas

November 1, 2002

Kansas: Profiting from the Web

A Kansas Association of REALTORS®’ for-profit subsidiary, Real Estate Business Resources, has generated $200,000 in revenue this year and is poised for further growth. The company provides Web site development and hosting, offers technology consulting, and operates six local MLSs, including one for rural brokerages in areas not covered by a local real estate board.

Michigan: Liability battle

REALTORS® are fighting an effort by the Michigan attorney general to hold them liable under that state’s consumer protection laws. Like other professionals, REALTORS® are exempt from liability under those laws and instead have their cases adjudicated under the state’s occupational code. Facing liability under consumer protection laws would make professionals liable for attorney fees. The Michigan Court of Appeals is reviewing briefs by MAR and the attorney general on the issue.

Texas: Newbies double

The number of new real estate licensees in the state is up 80 percent over last year, from 8,700 to 15,666, says the Texas Real Estate Commission. The state in January imposed tougher education requirements for new licensees, but that hasn’t slowed applications, the commission says.

Utah: Growing PAC Utah

REALTORS® have built one of the state’s biggest political action committee funds, with more than $283,000, and have their sights set on overtaking the state’s teachers union for first place, says Connie Hill, communications director for the Utah Association of REALTORS®. Utah REALTORS® expect to contribute to 70 candidates this year in the November general elections, up from 40 in the last election.

Jane Adler is a Chicago-based freelancer writer.

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