My First Blog Post…and a Word about Meth/Radon Disclosure

I am not a Gen X/Yer. I am a wife, a mom (of Gen Yers or whatever they might be called tomorrow), a lawyer, a teacher, a coach and a reluctant blogger. Yes, it’s true…I must confess, I don’t want to blog. I keep asking myself “Why?”  I love to write so why not blog? I think the real answer is that it is somewhat out of fear of e-rejection. Someone I don’t know and can’t see may respond in a negative way to my post.  That hurts my feelings before it even happens and I know it will happen.

Another reason I don’t want to blog is because I am a lawyer. I think of all of the crazy consequences that could come from one wrong word or thought being published to the “world” however big or small depending on the “bloggership.” It is mind-“bloggling.”

But alas, people tell me that our members want to read legal stuff so I must blog. That I will do. I will close my eyes and jump off of this virtual cliff into this scary void. However, I did not want to do so without open and honest communication so you know where I am coming from. I will also quite likely stick to legal issues that you might want to read about instead of this heartfelt confession.

Meanwhile, you can read my Q&A on the latest amendments to two disclosure laws that affect your practices.

On August 11 Gov. Quinn signed into law a new item #23 on the Seller Disclosure form related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. You can read about it, find a link to downloadable forms as well as a Q&A on “Must all sellers use the revised form?” www.illinoisrealtor.org/government/resid

That same day Gov. Quinn signed a law related to Radon Disclosure that exempts homes located on the third-story or higher and allows disclosure of previous radon remediation. Learn more at www.illinoisrealtor.org/legal/radon.

2009-08-17T09:25:00+00:00 August 17th, 2009|Government Affairs, Legal|16 Comments

About the Author:

Elizabeth A. (Betsy) Urbance, General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Services has served the association’s members as Legal Hotline Attorney since 1994. Urbance is a 1984 graduate of Western Illinois University and received her law degree from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1987. She is licensed in both Illinois and Missouri.

16 Comments

  1. Kate Sax August 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Thanks IAR and Betsy for getting the information and forms out to IL so quickly!

  2. Kate Sax August 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Thanks IAR and Betsy for getting the information and forms out to IL so quickly!

  3. Amy Robey August 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Great first post 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  4. Amy Robey August 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Great first post 🙂 Keep up the good work!

  5. Shaun Pinkston August 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    This is great information. I appreciate this blog. Speaking of a fear for blogging, I have fallen victim to that scenario. So I’m jumping the cliff too, starting here with IAR. This is the “Year of The Professional”, and starting here and now, I’m being the best professional I can be. Technology is the new portal to success so I’m using every ounce of it to learn from. Thanks again for this blog for our industry.

  6. Shaun Pinkston August 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    This is great information. I appreciate this blog. Speaking of a fear for blogging, I have fallen victim to that scenario. So I’m jumping the cliff too, starting here with IAR. This is the “Year of The Professional”, and starting here and now, I’m being the best professional I can be. Technology is the new portal to success so I’m using every ounce of it to learn from. Thanks again for this blog for our industry.

  7. Andrea Geller August 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Betsy: I am excited to see you blogging. You are always a wealth of information. I look forward to your posts.

  8. Andrea Geller August 17, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Betsy: I am excited to see you blogging. You are always a wealth of information. I look forward to your posts.

  9. Loretta Alonzo August 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Betsy, Thanks for jump starting the IAR blog. We all have the fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and especially when it is in a blog. Thanks for getting us going.

  10. Loretta Alonzo August 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Betsy, Thanks for jump starting the IAR blog. We all have the fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and especially when it is in a blog. Thanks for getting us going.

  11. Stephanie Tonnies August 17, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Great post, Betsy! Very helpful information for members. I’ll look forward to future posts.

    The new forms are perfect examples of just *some* of the benefits of being a member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS! The fact that they were rolled out to members within 24-hours of the changes being signed into law is a huge benefit to REALTORS. After all, nonmember brokers and agents don’t have anyone sending alerts out about these types of changes — even those that take effect immediately like these!

    It’s also a great example of why buyers and sellers should use REALTORS — they have access to the most authoritative, relevant, current industry information.

    Thanks!

  12. Stephanie Tonnies August 17, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Great post, Betsy! Very helpful information for members. I’ll look forward to future posts.

    The new forms are perfect examples of just *some* of the benefits of being a member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS! The fact that they were rolled out to members within 24-hours of the changes being signed into law is a huge benefit to REALTORS. After all, nonmember brokers and agents don’t have anyone sending alerts out about these types of changes — even those that take effect immediately like these!

    It’s also a great example of why buyers and sellers should use REALTORS — they have access to the most authoritative, relevant, current industry information.

    Thanks!

  13. Sheryl Grider August 18, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Good job Betsy. A good mix of the personal side and good business information. Glad to see IAR taking this step.

  14. Sheryl Grider August 18, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Good job Betsy. A good mix of the personal side and good business information. Glad to see IAR taking this step.

  15. Kyle Killebrew August 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for passing the great information along Betsy! Staying “on top of the changes” can sometimes be a bit challenging… Any info. that you can pass along is much appreciated!

    Thanks!!

  16. Kyle Killebrew August 18, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for passing the great information along Betsy! Staying “on top of the changes” can sometimes be a bit challenging… Any info. that you can pass along is much appreciated!

    Thanks!!

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