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.
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.
Do-it-yourself deed causes problems for homeowner (9/11/2014)
Real estate Q&A: After buying a foreclosure, the owner created an LLC and used a quit-claim deed to transfer ownership. Now he’s having title insurance problems.
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.
Foreclosure may wipe out a lien holder’s claim (9/5/2014)
Real estate Q&A: I sued and got a judgment, so I filed a lien against my ex-business partner’s property that’s now going through foreclosure. Will I get paid?
New owner doesn’t meet condo’s age restriction (8/28/2014)
Real estate Q&A: A unit in a 55-plus condo sells through foreclosure to a young couple with children and they move in. Is that legal? What can be done?
Real estate Q&A: Seller wants to delay closing (8/21/2014)
The seller just found out that his next home won’t be ready for another month, and the buyer really wants the property. What are their options?
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.