Trista Curzydlo

J.D.

With the knowledge you expect from an attorney and the sense of humor you wish your attorney had, Trista Curzydlo brings a fresh perspective to education classes for real estate licensees.

With the knowledge you expect from an attorney and the sense of humor you wish your attorney had, Trista Curzydlo brings a fresh perspective to education classes for real estate licensees. Her career as an attorney both in the courtroom and the Statehouse provides her with a strong grasp on the “why” behind difficult legal topics while her experience as Legal Counsel for an Association of REALTORS® allows her to provide the “how” for risk management in a manner that everyone can grasp and enjoy.

Trista is a graduate of Washburn University and Washburn University, School of Law. She has served as Assistant Legal Counsel to Kansas Governor Bill Graves and an Assistant District Attorney assigned to the Consumer Fraud division in the Eighteenth Judicial District of Kansas. From 2004 to January of 2010, Trista was the Government Affairs Director and Legal Counsel for the Wichita Area Association of REALTORS® and the South Central Kansas MLS.

Trista is the principal member of C4 Consulting, L.L.C. and devotes her time to offering excellent educational opportunities for real estate licensees across the country. Note that Trista begins every session with “Much to the embarrassment and chagrin of my parents, I’m an attorney. I’m licensed in the state of Kansas, I’m not licensed in (your state).  Today we may discuss how your practice is impacted by the law, I will not be providing legal advice or guidance.  Your individual practice should be guided by your own legal counsel.”

NEW Data Security in a Virtual Environment

Agile, flexible, adaptable:  2020 has proven to be a year where these words are being used to describe real estate professionals. As the nation reacts to a worldwide pandemic, real estate agents must respond to state and local orders that change how real estate transactions are handled–including the use of technologies and tools that enable agents to work remotely and limit contact with others. Unfortunately, not all these tools and technologies protect the data entrusted to real estate professionals. This session reviews best practices for data security and assesses the safety features of some of today’s most popular apps and platforms.

After Attending This Session You’ll Be Able To

  • Describe at least 3 techniques to reduce risk involving the use of a personal computer or laptop
  • Explain how phishing, spear phishing and social engineering schemes obtain sensitive information and how you can avoid these schemes
  • Describe systems to reduce risks associated with using video and electronic communications.
  • List at least 3 ways to work more securely on-line.
  • Explain the importance of proper disposal of electronic devices to protect the personally identifiable information. 60-90 minutes

How’s That Working Out For You? Hot Issues in Real Estate

Is your smart home or office also culturally sensitive? Do you have a seller client recording every showing with their trusty nanny cam? Are the property videos that you’ve been taking with your drone going viral? There have been a lot of changes in real estate recently and this class looks at Trista’s Favorite Five: Website and application compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, audio and video recordings of property showings, the impact of the Fair Housing Act on new technology and how state law decriminalization of marijuana and the Federal government enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act impacts real estate.

Get Your Geek On: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Today’s consumers and practitioners expect relevant information to be provided to them with a click of button or a swipe of their finger. As the practice of real estate becomes a more digital experience, it’s important that practitioners understand and manage the risks. Think only huge companies are at risk of a data breach? Think again. Security experts estimate that 70% of data breaches occur in companies with fewer than 100 employees. Cloud computing and cloud storage, e-mail, mobile devices and social media all make your real estate business more efficient, but they also can create havoc if not used and protected properly. This course also addresses your increased potential as a real estate professional to run afoul of intellectual property laws and how you can develop risk reduction techniques regardless of tech savvy.

I Don’t Give a Twit ... Social Media Risk Management

Are you in danger of being “dooced”? 90% of homebuyers used the internet in their home search, making the internet and social media an important part of your real estate practice. It is important to understand how the entities regulating the real estate industry view social media. This course examines potential violations of advertising rules, RESPA, the Fair Housing Act, intellectual property laws and anti-trust. Providing practitioners with the tools necessary to create and implement risk reduction techniques in their practices.

11 Ways to Lose Your License

While a creative agent can find more than 11 ways to get in serious trouble, this course looks at the most frequent violations of the law regulating the real estate industry. A few of the topics include: avoiding the unauthorized practice of law when guiding a client through a complicated transaction, identifying risk management techniques to decrease potential conflicts of interest and a review of how social media and changing markets are changing the way licensees practice. This course requires extensive state customization.

Put an Attorney out of Business

Does anyone ever plan on becoming a felon? Failing to create a plan for your real estate practice can land you in big trouble. RESPA, Fair Housing and Anti-Trust are topics most real estate licensees have heard before, but never like this! Trista breathes new life into these subjects by providing current case studies of violations and working with attendees to develop risk management techniques that can be immediately implemented. Alternate title: No One Looks Good in Horizontal Stripes: How to Avoid a Jailhouse Fashion Statement

Smart Phones, Smart Policies: Social Media Risk Management for Brokers

While you read this sentence, 22 new accounts will be opened on Twitter. Of the 100 billion friendships that have been created on Facebook, how many are between your clients and your agents? Did one of your virtual tours add to the hour of video that is uploaded to YouTube every second? The statistics relating to social media are truly staggering. A well written policies and procedures manual will address the use of social media by the agents in your office and will serve as a guide to agents when they create an on-line presence.

It’s 2 a.m., Do You Know What your Data is Doing?

According to a 2018 survey, more than a third of US companies suffered a data breach in the previous 12 months and over 70% of those companies have no idea how the breach happened. How do you protect the confidential information your clients trust you with? Whether it’s an external threat or an internal problem, this class identifies the issue and helps you find a solution.

Smart AND Sensitive? You, Technology & the Law

Is your smart home culturally sensitive? Does your website allow everyone to ‘see’ the latest properties for sale? Technology has changed the way a consumer experiences home buying and selling. If technology is used correctly, everyone benefits; if technology isn’t used correctly, a portion of the population can be neglected. Find out how the application of the ADA and the Fair Housing Act to advertising, websites, apps and smart home technology will impact your business.

Intellectual Property .... It’s Not Just for Nerds Anymore

Regardless of your tech savvy, discover what violations are becoming increasingly common and develop risk reduction techniques to protect yourself and your interests.

Up in Smoke? Marijuana & Real Estate

With over half of all states decriminalizing marijuana the cannabis industry (and its real estate needs) are growing–leaving agents and clients in a risky position. This course examines the potential pitfalls and associated risk reduction techniques for real estate agents. Also Available Up in Smoke? Marijuana & Commercial Real Estate

Life’s Not Fair, but Digital Advertising Must Be

Social media websites and digital advertising mediums make target marketing a particular demographic easier than ever before. Find out when target marketing becomes “stating a preference” under the Fair Housing Act and what risk reduction techniques you need to enact.

Listen to This! Website Accessibility in Real Estate

Not all websites are the same and some lack the tools to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Discover how your website stacks up against the ADA and what recommendations from the Worldwide Web Consortium you should implement.

Who Let the Dogs Out? Reasonable Accommodations and the Fair Housing Act

An “emotional support peacock”? Learn what are reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act and what guidance HUD offers real estate agents and property managers who are addressing these issues.

Everything Old is New Again: Fair Housing, Anti-Trust & the Data Deluge

In 2018 over 5 billion records were exposed through data breaches. If you’ve been the victim of a data breach, you know how damaging even one record being exposed can be. This course examines the real estate professional’s role in protecting their client’s data and respecting the data leveraged by social and digital media. How collected data is handled in terms of fair housing will affect everyone moving forward–from large platforms such as Facebook to the individual agent trying to reach “target” markets. Also up for examine are real estate professionals’ postings on public platforms that violate 100+ year old anti-trust laws. How these old laws resurface and apply with a digital medium directly impacts how brokers must mange their brokerages.

I’ve Got my Eye on You! Surveillance and Real Estate

A quick Amazon search or Best Buy browse will reveal dozens of various cameras and recording devices that are easily hidden from sight that allow sellers to record activity in their home when it’s for sale. Whether the device is there for the sellers peace of mind, or to provide the seller with an advantage at the negotiation table, agents need to have a plan in place to handle the “nanny cam conundrum.” With nearly 80% of all web traffic being video driven, the use of drones to capture amazing footage of a property is on the rise. This course addresses the question: What are the rules that apply to drone usage and what should agents know about them?

There’s No Font For Sarcasm…Managing a Multi-Generational Workplace

Can u be #dooced 4 that tweet? LOL staff mtngs r so old skool. Different experiences shape the work ethics and motivation of employees in the workplace. This course examines how generational cohorts work together and against each other and aids every employee in developing a new approach to communicating and working effectively with others. Using the real life experience of an Association EO and former Association Legal Counsel to pepper the course with real life cases and humor, this course is the perfect mix of theory and practice. 60 mins

Intellectual Property Law for AEs Who Hate Lawsuits

Your members deserve and expect timely information in an exciting and engaging manner. Associations that provide this information need to be able to identify what materials are subject to intellectual property protection and how to properly use them without infringing on the rights of another. This course provides an introduction to Intellectual Property protection in the United States and AEs will leave with best practices to implement when designing and presenting information to their members. 60-90 mins

Go Forth & Sin No More: the Code of Ethics

Designed to meet the NAR Code of Ethics training requirements this course is Ethics as only Trista can teach it. Examining how the NAR Code of Ethics intersects with state and federal law, this course provides a new perspective on the Code and risk management in the practice of real estate. Providing adequate time for class participation and discussion this course asks “what would you do?” and applies the answers to current case studies and examples.

Let Me Tell You About the Man Cave: The Fair Housing Act for the Modern Real Estate Agent

The Fair Housing Act might not have changed in the last decade, but real estate agents and consumers have. This course looks at recent technological developments in the real estate industry and their interplay with the Fair Housing Act as well as recent cases involving real estate professionals.

I’ve Got my Eye on You! Surveillance and Real Estate

A quick Amazon search or Best Buy browse will reveal dozens of various cameras and recording devices that are easily hidden from sight that allow sellers to record activity in their home when it’s for sale. Whether the device is there for the sellers peace of mind, or to provide the seller with an advantage at the negotiation table, agents need to have a plan in place to handle the “nanny cam conundrum.” With nearly 80% of all web traffic being video driven, the use of drones to capture amazing footage of a property is on the rise. This course addresses the question: What are the rules that apply to drone usage and what should agents know about them?

Everything Old is New Again: Fair Housing, Anti-Trust & the Data Deluge

In 2018 over 5 billion records were exposed through data breaches. If you’ve been the victim of a data breach, you know how damaging even one record being exposed can be. This course examines the real estate professional’s role in protecting their client’s data and respecting the data leveraged by social and digital media. How collected data is handled in terms of fair housing will affect everyone moving forward–from large platforms such as Facebook to the individual agent trying to reach “target” markets. Also up for examine are real estate professionals’ postings on public platforms that violate 100+ year old anti-trust laws. How these old laws resurface and apply with a digital medium directly impacts how brokers must mange their brokerages.

Who Let the Dogs Out? Reasonable Accommodations and the Fair Housing Act

An “emotional support peacock”? Learn what are reasonable accommodations under the Fair Housing Act and what guidance HUD offers real estate agents and property managers who are addressing these issues.

Listen to This! Website Accessibility in Real Estate

Not all websites are the same and some lack the tools to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Discover how your website stacks up against the ADA and what recommendations from the Worldwide Web Consortium you should implement.

Life’s Not Fair, but Digital Advertising Must Be

Social media websites and digital advertising mediums make target marketing a particular demographic easier than ever before. Find out when target marketing becomes “stating a preference” under the Fair Housing Act and what risk reduction techniques you need to enact.

Up in Smoke? Marijuana & Real Estate

With over half of all states decriminalizing marijuana the cannabis industry (and its real estate needs) are growing–leaving agents and clients in a risky position. This course examines the potential pitfalls and associated risk reduction techniques for real estate agents. Also Available Up in Smoke? Marijuana & Commercial Real Estate

Intellectual Property .... It’s Not Just for Nerds Anymore

Regardless of your tech savvy, discover what violations are becoming increasingly common and develop risk reduction techniques to protect yourself and your interests.

Smart AND Sensitive? You, Technology & the Law

Is your smart home culturally sensitive? Does your website allow everyone to ‘see’ the latest properties for sale? Technology has changed the way a consumer experiences home buying and selling. If technology is used correctly, everyone benefits; if technology isn’t used correctly, a portion of the population can be neglected. Find out how the application of the ADA and the Fair Housing Act to advertising, websites, apps and smart home technology will impact your business.

It’s 2 a.m., Do You Know What your Data is Doing?

According to a 2018 survey, more than a third of US companies suffered a data breach in the previous 12 months and over 70% of those companies have no idea how the breach happened. How do you protect the confidential information your clients trust you with? Whether it’s an external threat or an internal problem, this class identifies the issue and helps you find a solution.

Smart Phones, Smart Policies: Social Media Risk Management for Brokers

While you read this sentence, 22 new accounts will be opened on Twitter. Of the 100 billion friendships that have been created on Facebook, how many are between your clients and your agents? Did one of your virtual tours add to the hour of video that is uploaded to YouTube every second? The statistics relating to social media are truly staggering. A well written policies and procedures manual will address the use of social media by the agents in your office and will serve as a guide to agents when they create an on-line presence.

Put an Attorney out of Business

Does anyone ever plan on becoming a felon? Failing to create a plan for your real estate practice can land you in big trouble. RESPA, Fair Housing and Anti-Trust are topics most real estate licensees have heard before, but never like this! Trista breathes new life into these subjects by providing current case studies of violations and working with attendees to develop risk management techniques that can be immediately implemented. Alternate title: No One Looks Good in Horizontal Stripes: How to Avoid a Jailhouse Fashion Statement

11 Ways to Lose Your License

While a creative agent can find more than 11 ways to get in serious trouble, this course looks at the most frequent violations of the law regulating the real estate industry. A few of the topics include: avoiding the unauthorized practice of law when guiding a client through a complicated transaction, identifying risk management techniques to decrease potential conflicts of interest and a review of how social media and changing markets are changing the way licensees practice. This course requires extensive state customization.

I Don’t Give a Twit ... Social Media Risk Management

Are you in danger of being “dooced”? 90% of homebuyers used the internet in their home search, making the internet and social media an important part of your real estate practice. It is important to understand how the entities regulating the real estate industry view social media. This course examines potential violations of advertising rules, RESPA, the Fair Housing Act, intellectual property laws and anti-trust. Providing practitioners with the tools necessary to create and implement risk reduction techniques in their practices.

Get Your Geek On: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Today’s consumers and practitioners expect relevant information to be provided to them with a click of button or a swipe of their finger. As the practice of real estate becomes a more digital experience, it’s important that practitioners understand and manage the risks. Think only huge companies are at risk of a data breach? Think again. Security experts estimate that 70% of data breaches occur in companies with fewer than 100 employees. Cloud computing and cloud storage, e-mail, mobile devices and social media all make your real estate business more efficient, but they also can create havoc if not used and protected properly. This course also addresses your increased potential as a real estate professional to run afoul of intellectual property laws and how you can develop risk reduction techniques regardless of tech savvy.

How’s That Working Out For You? Hot Issues in Real Estate

Is your smart home or office also culturally sensitive? Do you have a seller client recording every showing with their trusty nanny cam? Are the property videos that you’ve been taking with your drone going viral? There have been a lot of changes in real estate recently and this class looks at Trista’s Favorite Five: Website and application compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, The Federal Aviation Administration’s new rules on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, audio and video recordings of property showings, the impact of the Fair Housing Act on new technology and how state law decriminalization of marijuana and the Federal government enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act impacts real estate.

NEW Data Security in a Virtual Environment

Agile, flexible, adaptable:  2020 has proven to be a year where these words are being used to describe real estate professionals. As the nation reacts to a worldwide pandemic, real estate agents must respond to state and local orders that change how real estate transactions are handled–including the use of technologies and tools that enable agents to work remotely and limit contact with others. Unfortunately, not all these tools and technologies protect the data entrusted to real estate professionals. This session reviews best practices for data security and assesses the safety features of some of today’s most popular apps and platforms.

After Attending This Session You’ll Be Able To

  • Describe at least 3 techniques to reduce risk involving the use of a personal computer or laptop
  • Explain how phishing, spear phishing and social engineering schemes obtain sensitive information and how you can avoid these schemes
  • Describe systems to reduce risks associated with using video and electronic communications.
  • List at least 3 ways to work more securely on-line.
  • Explain the importance of proper disposal of electronic devices to protect the personally identifiable information. 60-90 minutes

Let Me Tell You About the Man Cave: The Fair Housing Act for the Modern Real Estate Agent

The Fair Housing Act might not have changed in the last decade, but real estate agents and consumers have. This course looks at recent technological developments in the real estate industry and their interplay with the Fair Housing Act as well as recent cases involving real estate professionals.

Go Forth & Sin No More: the Code of Ethics

Designed to meet the NAR Code of Ethics training requirements this course is Ethics as only Trista can teach it. Examining how the NAR Code of Ethics intersects with state and federal law, this course provides a new perspective on the Code and risk management in the practice of real estate. Providing adequate time for class participation and discussion this course asks “what would you do?” and applies the answers to current case studies and examples.

Intellectual Property Law for AEs Who Hate Lawsuits

Your members deserve and expect timely information in an exciting and engaging manner. Associations that provide this information need to be able to identify what materials are subject to intellectual property protection and how to properly use them without infringing on the rights of another. This course provides an introduction to Intellectual Property protection in the United States and AEs will leave with best practices to implement when designing and presenting information to their members. 60-90 mins

There’s No Font For Sarcasm…Managing a Multi-Generational Workplace

Can u be #dooced 4 that tweet? LOL staff mtngs r so old skool. Different experiences shape the work ethics and motivation of employees in the workplace. This course examines how generational cohorts work together and against each other and aids every employee in developing a new approach to communicating and working effectively with others. Using the real life experience of an Association EO and former Association Legal Counsel to pepper the course with real life cases and humor, this course is the perfect mix of theory and practice. 60 mins

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Trista’s Past Conferences

Thank you for making the trek to Sioux Falls and teaching ‘No One Looks Good in Horizontal Stripes’ and ‘Put an Attorney Out of Business’ as part of RASE THRESHOLD Education program; you were a success! Thank you for your time and energy delivering two important topics to our members! I enjoyed working with you and look forward to working with you in the near future!

Michelle K. Davis
Director of Education/Communications
REALTOR® Association of the Sioux Empire, Inc.

Trista Curzydlo has ‘wowed’ our members in southeast Minnesota two years running with her keen intelligence and quick wit. Her knowledge of all things legal and federal is without equal. She has helped our REALTOR® members steer clear of the pitfalls of common violations that could cost them their license. She’s become a standard fixture in our education schedule!”

Karen Becker
Executive Officer
Southeast Minnesota Association of REALTORS®

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