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Articles relating to "Legal":

Mortgage requires homeowner to have insurance (8/28/2015)
Real estate Q&A: A homeowner wants to know if the lender can force him to include the insurance payment with the monthly mortgage payment.

Real estate Q&A: Landlord wants rent paid in cash (8/24/2015)
A landlord’s lease states that rent must be paid in cash because the landlord doesn’t want to report the income. The renter wants to know if this is okay.

New front in old battle to protect listing photos (8/14/2015)
NAR is taking the real estate industry’s battle against unauthorized use of real estate listing data to the U.S. Copyright Office, which is trying to modernize its rules.

Income requirements stymie condo buyer (8/13/2015)
Real estate Q&A: A retired buyer wants to pay cash for a condo, but the HOA says his monthly income is too low for approval. Can they do that?

Community association rules differ from state laws (8/6/2015)
Real estate Q&A: If a new Florida law states that cities cannot ban short-term rentals, does that free me from HOA regulations that forbid them?

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?

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.

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.