U.S. approves FAA oversight of small drones (11/19/2014)
In a setback to drone operators, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled that drones are a type of aircraft, and the FAA may issue fines and create rules.
Can HOA board take action against deadbeat owners? (11/14/2014)
Real estate Q&A: Homeowners in an association were assessed about $400 to make up for losses from non-paying owners. Are there any other HOA options?
Owners may have to share amenities with nearby condo (11/6/2014)
Real estate Q&A: New next-door condos use a community’s pool, clubhouse, more. Is that legal if seller assured them that the condos would be completely separate?
Reminder: Legal holidays extend some contract times (11/5/2014)
Under some contracts, a legal holiday, such as Veterans Day on Nov. 11, can extend deadlines to the next business day.
Landlord shouldn’t try to be friends with tenant (10/30/2014)
Real estate Q&A: We recently bought a new home and will rent out our existing property. Can you please give some advice to a new landlord?
Supreme Court to consider fair housing definition (10/22/2014)
It’s the third “disparate impact” case under the Fair Housing Act accepted by the court. However, the first two cases were settled before the court could rule.
What does an antitrust action look like? (10/14/2014)
In general, an illegal antitrust action occurs when independent businesses work together to harm a company, such as boycotting a vendor that has raised its fees.
Secretly record buyer conversations? Not so fast (9/17/2014)
Fla. has strict laws on audio recordings. Security systems with hidden cameras can’t record buyer conversations without first getting permission.
Robocalls banned to almost all U.S. phone numbers (9/17/2014)
It’s illegal for telemarketers, which includes Realtors, to place robocalls to private homes or mobile numbers – even phone numbers not on the do-not-call list.
Real estate agents should consider insurance (9/10/2014)
Ethical Realtors can be hit with a lawsuit, even if they’ve done nothing wrong. For a relatively low cost, E&O insurance limits the risk of lawsuit damage.
Legal questions a hot topic at REBarCamp (8/13/2014)
Florida Realtors’ top lawyer led an “ask me anything” legal session today. Margy Grant covered “coming soon” listings, power of attorney, service animals, more.
Breaking do-not-call rules? It’s expensive (8/6/2014)
In July, do-not-call complaints topped the list of calls to Fla.’s consumer helpline. Overall, Fla. initiated 273 investigations, arrested 6 and recovered $523K.
CFPB clarifies how same-sex ruling affects lending (7/15/2014)
RESPA and other national finance/lending laws will cover same-sex couples legally married in another state but living in a non-marriage state, such as Fla.
FAA subpoenas real estate firms that use drones (7/2/2014)
Brokers and agents cannot operate drones for listing photos without a commercial license, the FAA says, and it recently took steps to enforce that position.
A residential contract rider changing (11/22/2011)
Comprehensive Rider C (Seller Financing) to the Residential Contract For Sale and Purchase changes slightly on Nov. 29.
Florida Realtors adds or updates forms (3/16/2011)
Four are new; three are updated; one is DBPR, and all are now available through Form Simplicity and other vendors.