Bureau’s new licensing system: Your questions, answered

As the state Bureau of Professional and Occupations Affairs transitions real estate licensees to the Pennsylvania Licensing System, known as PALS, we have received a number of questions about the application process. PAR recently reached out to Bureau Commissioner Ian Harlow, who provided an update on the changes going on at the bureau office.

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Bureau gears up for license renewal process

For the last year or so, the state has been rolling out the Pennsylvania Licensing System – known as PALS – as the licensing portal for all 29 licensing boards and commissions overseen by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

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Radon fees to increase

The cost of radon system installation is set to increase in Pennsylvania with the recent adoption of new fee regulations from the Department of Environmental Protection.

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Coming soon

There’s been a recent surge of confusion and angst over “coming soon” or other similar “pre-marketing” techniques. Whatever you might call it, brokers and agents need to remember that all marketing and advertising has to abide by the same basic rules.

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New injunction impacts recent overtime pay rules

The Federal Department of Labor earlier this year issued a set of rules that would dramatically change how overtime pay is handled for employees. However, on Nov. 22, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide injunction that – for now – serves to indefinitely delay those rules. So what were those proposed rules, and how does this delay affect you and your business – if at all?

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Are drones legal in real estate practice?

Sometime in the past year or two, the real estate universe decided that use of drones to take aerial photographs would revolutionize real estate. Hank Lerner, PAR’s Director of Law & Policy, dives in and asks the question: are drones legal in real estate practice?

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