On March 24, members of the military became specifically protected from discrimination under Ohio’s fair housing law. That means real estate professionals must update a variety of materials for their offices and for their clients.

Gov. Ted Strickland added “military status” to the list of classes (such as race, religion, sex and disability) protected from property rental, sublease or purchasing discrimination when he signed HB 372 into law.

“Simply, put, for all you home sellers out there, you cannot refuse to sell a home to a member of the armed forces,” explains Peter Chabris of Keller Williams on his Cincinnati blog (www.teamchabris.com/blog/).

Real estate licensees must now update the language of fair housing posters (hung next to your license) and pamphlets, the Consumer Guide to Agency Relationships and written agency agreements (from listings to contracts).

New posters are available from the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing. They’ll send you a brochure, too, but you’ll have to reproduce it yourself.
 

 
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Broker Kristin Dupps joined NAI Bergman as an office property specialist who handles sales and leasing of properties. Dupps recently earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing, real estate and urban analysis from The Ohio State University.

Brian Quinn, an economics graduate from the University of Cincinnati and a 19-year veteran of the commercial real estate and construction industry, is now a senior advisor in CresaPartners’ project management division. Quinn previously was director of design and construction consulting services for The Staubach Co., where he was involved in asset management, property management and construction project management.

Colliers Turley Martin Tucker appointed Joe Janszen as an associate on its Cincinnati office brokerage team and Nancy Reagan as an industrial property specialist focusing on Butler and Warren counties. Janszen previously worked in the corporate solutions division of CTMT, where he managed office lease transactions for Humana. Reagan has eight years of real estate experience and 10 years in financial services, all for major firms. Both earned business administration degrees from Xavier University.

Kelly Ziegler Koeller joined Bear Creek Capital as a portfolio and new development leasing representative in Montgomery. She has more than 17 years of commercial real estate experience. Koeller will be working on leasing and development at new projects such as Montgomery Towne Center and The Shoppes of Harrison.

Miller-Valentine Commercial Construction won the “Star” designation from the state of Kentucky’s OSHA Department for superior safety programs, including extensive training. Among recent M-V projects in Northern Kentucky: Two expansions of L’Oreal facilities in Florence, and the Chas. Seligman Distributing Company’s distribution center in Walton.
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