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Articles relating to "Legal":

For investors, software can’t replace experience (10/16/2014)
Real estate Q&A: Should new real estate investors who attended a training course consider buying its expensive software package?

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.

Real estate Q&A: Lightning strikes house before sale (9/30/2014)
A property is under contract with closing in a few weeks, but it’s damaged during a severe storm. The buyer worries about damage. What are his options?

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.