IAR BLOG TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE
This blog is made available by Illinois REALTORS® for our members and the public to share information about real estate-related topics. By accessing and/or posting onIllinois REALTORS® blog you agree to the following terms and conditions:
- Illinois REALTORS® grants you a limited right to access, use and display the blog and its material, provided that you comply fully with these terms and conditions.
- You agree to indemnify and holdIllinois REALTORS® harmless from any liability, damages, expenses, costs and attorneys fees arising out of any postings on the blog.
- You may not post content that is illegal, obscene, defamatory, infringing on intellectual property rights, threatening or is otherwise objectionable. Illinois REALTORS® reserves the right to delete messages for any reason.
- This blog may be changed without notice and its information is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up-to-date.
- The opinions expressed on this blog are the opinions of the individual authors and should not be construed as reflecting the opinions of Illinois REALTORS® members, staff or the Association.
- While Illinois REALTORS® makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this blog, Illinois REALTORS® does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee its accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness.
- Reference to any commercial product, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Illinois REALTORS®.
- At certain places on this blog, live links to other web sites can be accessed. Such external sites contain information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by organizations independent of Illinois REALTORS®. Illinois REALTORS® does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external sites, nor any commercial product or service referenced therein, and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of information located on these sites.
- Illinois REALTORS® assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from use of the information contained herein or obtained at linked sites, and expressly disclaims all liability for damages arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information.
- Illinois REALTORS® reserves the right to modify at any time these terms and conditions.
Code of Ethics (Source: Forrester Research, Inc.)
Those participating in the blog should abide by the following Code of Ethics:
- I will tell the truth.
- I will write deliberately and with accuracy.
- I will acknowledge and correct mistakes promptly.
- I will preserve the original post, using notations to show where I have made changes so as to maintain the integrity of my publishing.
- I will not delete comments unless they are spam, off-topic or otherwise inappropriate.
- I will reply to e-mails and comments when appropriate and will do so promptly.
- I will strive for high quality with every post – including basic spell-checking.
- I will stay on topic.
- I will disagree with other opinions respectfully.
- I will link to online references and original source materials directly.
- I will disclose conflicts of interest.
- I will keep private issues and topics private because discussing private issues would jeopardize my personal and work relationships.
Illinois REALTORS® Antitrust Policy
Topics that may give an appearance of an agreement to violate the antitrust laws may not be discussed on IARbuzz.com.
Members shall not discuss with any competitor their individual company policies relating to prices or related types of sensitive information, including (a) commission levels, fees, business expenses or other business information or policies which would allow or encourage price fixing or maintenance; (b) bids on contracts for particular properties or any information which would allow or encourage bid rigging; (c) a firm’s competitive business decisions; (d) duration or types of listing agreements the firm will enter into or the form of compensation the firm will accept or negotiate; (e) the compensation offered or paid to a firm’s agents or employees; (f) plans concerning any proposed or existing customers, clients or territories; (g) any other actions that might be construed as concerted attempts to restrain competition, including joint attempts to control or affect prices, market conditions, marketing practices, customer choice, or the like.
It is the responsibility of each member to avoid raising improper subjects for discussion. However, if discussion of any inappropriate topics occurs on IARbuzz.com, all members participating in the discussion should openly disassociate themselves from such discussions, and inform Illinois REALTORS® staff immediately.