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Real estate Q&A: Renter duped in foreclosure scam (11/25/2015)
Scammer pretended to be the owner of a vacant home, now the renter has gotten a letter saying it’s a bank-owned foreclosure and they have to move. What’s next?

Real estate Q&A: Who pays to rid townhome of rats? (11/19/2015)
Townhome residents share a wall with their neighbors – a wall infested with rats blamed on the neighbor. Who pays to have them removed?

With photos, know before you publish (11/16/2015)
Realtors should understand copyright law basics before contacting a photographer as two current court cases focus on the question: “Who owns the photo rights?”

Homeowner can fight government plan to seize land (11/6/2015)
Real estate Q&A: The government told homeowners that it planned to take 15 feet of their front yard to widen the road. Do private owners have any options?

Supreme Court decision could impact FREC, FREAB (11/5/2015)
The decision has state agencies, such as DBPR, questioning how regulatory boards operate when members are also active participants in the profession.

Utility work disruptive to property owner (11/2/2015)
Real estate Q&A: A utility company wants to dig up a homeowner’s lawn, fence and landscaping. Does she have to cooperate?

High court won’t hear appeal on mortgage ratings (11/2/2015)
Boca Raton firefighters lost the court battle after accusing S&P of causing the U.S. financial crisis with its false reviews of risky mortgage products.

Fla. sellers lie to buyers, face 20 years in jail (10/12/2015)
An insurer paid $153K for sinkhole damage, but owners made only cosmetic repairs and didn’t disclose it at time of sale. They were arrested on wire fraud charges.

Mortgage disclosure rules' effect on buyers (10/12/2015)
Homebuyers now get easier-to-digest info about their mortgage and new protections, but they must also follow new rules to avoid closing delays.

Court decision: Fla. cities can fund solar energy (10/9/2015)
The Fla. Supreme Court ruled that cities may issue bonds to fund PACE programs, which provide upfront financing for a commercial property’s green-energy upgrades.

TRID: New mortgage disclosure rules debut tomorrow (10/2/2015)
On Sat., buyers have new disclosures and rules if applying for mortgages. For Realtors, it means earlier deadlines and greater communication. Here are the basics.

Contracts updated today, TRID rules change Sat. (9/28/2015)
3 contracts, 3 riders and an addendum are now updated for buyers who will apply for a loan after Oct. 3. What should you know before Sat.? Here’s the breakdown.

Move Inc./NAR lawsuit against Zillow moves forward (9/16/2015)
NAR says the court ordered a Zillow exec to sit for more depositions over destroyed evidence allegations; Zillow, claiming a damaged reputation, has countersued.

A social media policy can limit businesses’ risk (9/10/2015)
It’s almost impossible to avoid social media if you’re selling homes – but business use of social media comes with legal and regulatory implications.

Labor law ruling makes builders nervous (9/3/2015)
The National Labor Relations Board ruled that some subcontractors are “joint employees,” leading builders to worry about their liability for vendor errors.

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.

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?

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.