Updated: 3 days ago


Date: Wednesday | November 3rd | 2 - 4 PM

Place: Broadcasting via Zoom

CE Credit: 2 Hrs

The Summit's goal is to help you reduce your exposure to cyber and safety incidents that occur in our industry, so that every WVMLS Member comes home safely. We want you "armed" with the knowledge to need to help you maneuver the challenges of our digital world.

We've assembled both nationally and locally recognized safety and security experts! Here's what you can look forward to:

Summit Agenda

Time: 2 - 3 PM

Guest Speaker: Tracey Hawkins with Safety and Security Source

  • Real Estate safe work practices

  • Safely screen and show clients safe open houses, virtually and in-person

  • How to prospect and convert FSBOs and sellers using safety

  • Utilize social media safely

  • Use smartphones as a safety weapon

  • Cybersafety and security practices for scams, frauds, ID theft, prevention protection, and mitigation

  • Online resources for checking criminal records, background information for buyers and sellers

  • Broker/Owner/Manager office safety policy program

  • How to not get sued

Tracey Hawkins a.k.a. "Tracey, the Safety Lady" is a former real estate agent and has been teaching agent safety for many years. In 1995 Hawkins founded Safety and Security Source in Kansas City, Missouri, and presents on topics including personal, home, auto, and real estate safety. She conducts training on these topics and more during webinars, expos, and live seminars around the United States. Hawkins was recently chosen as one of Kansas City's Most Influential Women.

Time: 3 - 4 PM

Panel Discussion where WVMLS Members will hear and interact on:

  • "Lessons Learned," real-life stories about agents who have been victims of cybercrimes, discuss the stories, and learn expert solutions

  • Trends in real estate fraud and scams

  • Ways to mitigate and protect yourself

  • What can ODOJ do to help impacted agents and their clients

  • Supra's Agent Alert and other Supra security features

  • Homesnap's Safety Timer for Agents

  • Share your experiences, ask questions, and more!

Summit's Distinguished Panel of Speakers:

Ellen Klem, Director of Consumer Outreach & Education, Oregon Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Ellen is the director of consumer outreach and education for the Office of the Attorney General. Her mission is to prevent financial harm to Oregonians, especially older adults, Oregonians whose first language is not English, and students with large education-related debts. Previously, Ellen worked at the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for research, policy development, advocacy, education and training. Ellen received her bachelor's degree from James Madison College at Michigan State University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Natasha Lang, Principal Broker / Owner of Natasha Lang Real Estate, LLC / Safety Expert

Natasha is a licensed broker in the State of Oregon with almost 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. Natasha will be sharing her experiences and helpful tips to help minimize the chances of you becoming a victim of crime.

Kevin Schultz, Retired Sheriffs Commander

Kevin is a retired Sheriffs Commander of 30 years with the Marion County Sheriffs Office. Kevin experience/history with street gangs, prison gangs, investigations, criminology, jail operations, crime prevention, and public safety administration.

Tina Gibbs, Curriculum Developer/Trainer, Supra Training

Tina has been with Supra for 3 years. She formerly worked with the phone company for 20 years. She loves her family and friends. Her favorite thing to do is take road trips with her dog Thor. And she is a huge football fanatic – don't bother her Monday nights, Thursday nights, or all-day Sunday – it truly is all about football! Go HAWKS!

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Fun time had by all!

We wish to thank all the members who took part in the First Annual Shred Event, co-sponsored by Willamette Association of REALTORS®, Polk County Association of REALTORS®, Mid-Valley Association of REALTORS® and WVMLS.

The event was held on September 29th at the Linn County Expo Center, where we wrapped up Broker Safety Month by shredding over 2.5 tons of outdated real estate documents, client records, and other sensitive documents.

Feedback and expressions of gratitude were off the charts, which all-but-guarantees there will be a SECOND Annual Shred Event in the fall of 2022. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to our Shred Event raffle winners:

  • Natasha Lang - Gift Basket from MVAR

  • Debbie Dailey - Gift Basket from WAOR

  • Frank Joseph - Gift Basket from PCAR

  • Leann Friend - $50 Amazon Gift Card from WVMLS

  • Debi VanAgtmael - $50 Amazon Gift Card from WVMLS

  • Marla Poage - $50 Amazon Gift Card from WVMLS

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Listing content fuels the real estate industry, and displaying photographs of real properties online is now a vital part of the real estate professional’s marketing plan. Sellers use photographs to market properties, and buyers rely on those images to select which properties to visit. MLSs distribute property listings through proprietary databases that include the listing photographs. Moreover, MLSs in turn often license their property listing databases, including broker-provided photographs, to third-party portals, such as REALTOR.com, and other websites and vendors.

Improper use of listing photographs, however, can create legal problems for agents, brokerages, and MLSs. Authorship and ownership of photographs within the real estate industry is “fractured”. Who authored the photograph and who can use what photograph and in what way varies across the industry. Listing photographs may be taken by homeowners, real estate agents, MLS or brokerage employees, or professional photographers. Photographs may be owned or licensed to different parties in a variety of ways. A misunderstanding of how you may use the photographs for property listings could make you vulnerable to a copyright lawsuit.

For example, copyright infringement of listing photographs is central to the recent lawsuit VHT, Inc. v. Zillow Group, Inc., No. 2:14-cv-1096 (W.D. Wash. 2015). VHT purportedly retains ownership in the listing photographs and only grants non-exclusive licenses to brokers to use the photographs solely in connection with marketing active property listings. In the complaint, VHT alleges that Zillow uses VHT’s photographs without authorization in connection with “sold” properties and on Zillow’s home design website, “Digs.” VHT argues that these uses exceed the scope of VHT’s limited license to use the photographs in connection with active property listings. The case is still pending.

It is crucial to know what rights you own in photographs and how those rights permit you to use the photographs. To reduce your risk of copyright infringement, you should:

  • Review photography agreements to assess what rights were granted or conveyed;

  • Audit your use of listing photographs to ensure compliance with the relevant agreements;

  • Determine how you will use photographs and ensure future agreements permit those uses; and

  • Maintain records of all assignments and licenses.

Sample Agreements

In order to assist members and member firms, NAR Legal Affairs created Work for Hire, Assignment, and Executive License sample agreements, which should be modified as necessary to fit your particular needs. Click on the buttons below for your NAR-created sample agreement.

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