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It’s the Law
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I’m tired of reading “Seller exempt from completing Disclosure as Seller never occupied the property.” Please remind sales associates that sellers aren’t exempt from disclosing any known defects [that materially affect the value of the property].

Nancy J. O’Connell
Danimor Realty LLC
St. Petersburg

Short-Sale Surprise
I’ve recently seen a huge increase in the number of short sales with unbelievably low listing prices. These listings almost always include the third-party approval verbiage in the “Realtor®-only” remarks, and are usually priced without any efforts to communicate with the lender to determine if a short sale is available or even an option for the owners to consider. It’s no surprise there are so many unsold listings on the market.

Problems arise when buyers find these properties online or well-intentioned sales associates send them from an automatic MLS search. Buyers rightfully expect these homes to be a true representation of the values in a given area.

If we allow these practices to continue, our reputation as a professional organization will suffer severely.

Robert K. McIntire PA
A Premier Class Realty

Make it Bigger!
Are you using Mid-Florida-Exchange? The print on the screen is very tiny. I see many of my colleagues squinting and even using magnifying glasses.

Here’s a PC tip: If you’re using Internet Explorer 7,  hold down the Ctrl key and click the plus (+) sign. The print size increases 10 percent every time you do that. Use Ctrl and the minus (-) key to reduce it back 10 percent.
Another tip: To prevent info fliers from getting wet, place a two-gallon zip lock bag over the box. I’ve found that customers are very considerate in replacing the bag when they get a flier. And they’re happy because there’s no running ink.

Thanks for a great magazine!

Brett Slattery
Becky Borci Realty
Rotonda Lakes