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Articles relating to "Legal":

Foreclosures moving quickly through the courts (7/30/2015)
Real estate Q&A: A homeowner stopped making payments and, four months later, received his first foreclosure notice. Doesn’t it usually take longer?

NAR: Realtors handed win in patent troll suit (7/17/2015)
A federal circuit court of appeals affirmed a lower court’s ruling that Move Inc., NAR and NAHB did not violate patents in their online property listings.

Real estate Q&A: Paying tenant not maintaining home (7/16/2015)
A single-family home tenant pays the rent on time, but he’s not keeping up the property, and warnings haven’t done much good. What are the homeowner’s options?

Some Fla. lenders lose foreclosure cases on appeal (7/14/2015)
Standing – the legal right to foreclosure in the first place – has tripped up a few Fla. lenders, but details vary from case to case, and often the bank wins.

Zillow sued by national real estate photo firm (7/13/2015)
A professional real estate photographer claims Zillow uses copyrighted listing photos in illegal ways, and the court might limit the way agents use photos online.

Inspection key when buying renovated house (7/13/2015)
Real estate Q&A: A buyer wants a house an investor renovated, but he must sign papers that release the investor from any renovation-related problems. Bad idea?

Fla. Supreme Court to take up property rights fight (5/27/2015)
The question before the court: Must Jacksonville compensate property owners who claim their land’s value dropped after the city built a fire station next door?

Shuttered law firm could create foreclosure problems (5/22/2015)
Butler & Hosch closed suddenly May 14. A few of its 60K U.S. foreclosure cases have already been delayed after fees weren’t paid, and more are expected to follow.

ListHub-Zillow agreement ends (4/8/2015)
Effective today, Zillow must remove ListHub data from Trulia, Postlets and HotPads, among others, unless it has independent consent from an MLS or broker.

Real estate agents have a bull’s-eye on their backs (3/23/2015)
A recent court decision allows credit-harmed customers to sue the business that got hacked – and Realtors collect a lot of personal data worth stealing.

Realtors urge action on patent trolls (3/2/2015)
Patent trolls send out hundreds of letters alleging patent infringement, and have mailed some to Realtors who use certain searchable online listing databases.

Court backs widow in homestead exemption fight (2/26/2015)
A Fla. appeals court Wednesday said a widow cannot be charged a $283,070 tax lien, rejecting arguments that her homestead exemption ended when her husband died.

Alert: ‘International Promissory Notes’ (IPNs) (2/19/2015)
Attorneys’ Title says some Fla. transactions used IPNs held by third parties rather than “U.S. currency.” In at least one case, they changed a FR/BAR contract.

Real estate Q&A: Living trust avoids hassle and expense of probate (2/12/2015)
A New Yorker who winters at a condo he owns in South Fla. asks what happens to the property after he passes away; a living trust is one option to consider.

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.