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Facebook group for Realtors forced to shut down over title

Local association takes issue with 'Realtor' in networking group's name

A Northern Virginia real estate broker who set up an online networking group for Northern Virginia Realtors to talk shop has shut down that group at the request of a local Realtor association. Frank Borges LLosa, broker for Frankly Real Estate Inc., in Alexandria, Va., said he was surprised that the "NVAR (unofficial)" group that he created at the Facebook social networking site drew fire from the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors, a local Realtor trade group. "I wasn't trying to pull a fast one. I wasn't trying to cause trouble by creating an unofficial NVAR group," he said, adding that the intent was to create an online group for members of the association to connect. Christine Todd, CEO for the Realtor group, and Sarah L. Petcher, general counsel for the group, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. LLosa said he set up the Facebook group about four months ago, and he received communications from Petcher stating that he "cannot use t...

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