Homeowner group fights resident over mowing (1/26/2015)
Can homeowners associations require residents to mow and maintain property owned by everyone? While some HOAs require it, the practice may not be legal.
Lawsuit targets Google’s auction.com (1/20/2015)
The suit alleges that a “shill bidder” – one with no intention of buying the property – submitted fake bids to increase the price paid by the auction winner.
NAR gets involved in fight against ‘patent trolls’ (1/16/2015)
NAR says it joined a coalition that fights for patent law fairness because system abuse can drag unsuspecting Realtors into expensive, time-consuming litigation.
Supreme Court clarifies mortgage cancellation rule (1/13/2015)
The court ruled today that a letter to the lender, delivered within three years, is sufficient to cancel a mortgage that had Truth in Lending law violations.
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.
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.
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.