Renting: Get deal in writing, even from relatives (4/16/2015)
Real estate Q&A: A lease may not be legally required to rent a condo from a relative, but it’s still a good idea because circumstances can change.
Homeowner’s direct water view can’t be blocked (4/9/2015)
Real estate Q&A: Is another property owner allowed to add trees and sheds that block a view of the ocean? Maybe, maybe not. The answer is complicated.
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.
Public adjuster can aid in insurance dispute (3/26/2015)
Real estate Q&A: An upstairs condo flood caused extensive damage, but the insurance company wants to pay less than the repair cost. What should owner do?
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.
Lawsuit targets Google’s auction.com (1/20/2015)
The suit alleges that a “shill bidder” – one with no intention of buying the property – submitted fake bids to increase the price paid by the auction winner.
NAR gets involved in fight against ‘patent trolls’ (1/16/2015)
NAR says it joined a coalition that fights for patent law fairness because system abuse can drag unsuspecting Realtors into expensive, time-consuming litigation.
Supreme Court clarifies mortgage cancellation rule (1/13/2015)
The court ruled today that a letter to the lender, delivered within three years, is sufficient to cancel a mortgage that had Truth in Lending law violations.
Reminder: Legal holidays extend some contract times (11/5/2014)
Under some contracts, a legal holiday, such as Veterans Day on Nov. 11, can extend deadlines to the next business day.
Supreme Court to consider fair housing definition (10/22/2014)
It’s the third “disparate impact” case under the Fair Housing Act accepted by the court. However, the first two cases were settled before the court could rule.
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.