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Can You List Property in Trust with an Uncooperative Co-owner?

There are benefits of putting a property in trust, but sometimes it can complicate matters—especially when trustees don’t agree. Have you ever had a court assigned listing for a parcel in trust? When all the parties work together, it can be a smooth process. But what happens when one of the trustees doesn’t cooperate? CanRead More

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Making the Most of Slow Sales Quarters: How to use the extra time to prepare for what’s next

The first quarter of the year is traditionally the slowest in the real estate industry.  But you can use the time to assess and plan for success in the busy months ahead. It’s also a time to hit markets that are not your primary target during the majority of the year, such as rental properties.Read More

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Money Laundering in Real Estate: How it works, how to identify it, and how to report it

Real estate money laundering is not a new problem in the United States. According to the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), the real estate industry is particularly vulnerable. The US Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) agrees. Various programs and crackdowns aimed at identifying the true origins of funds areRead More

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Should a Real Estate Agent Disclose Divorce in a Home Sale?

It’s not uncommon for a couple getting divorced to sell their home, so it’s quite possible that you have been or will be involved in real estate sales  when the sellers are divorcing. In those cases, do you need to disclose that the sellers are getting divorced? Recently CRES Risk Management fielded a call fromRead More


How to Prepare your Real Estate Clients for the Appraisal: What Appraisers Want You to Know

Real estate appraisers do a complicated job in an exacting, precise manner. When they create an appraisal, they have nothing to gain or lose from the final number—with the notable exception of their reputations and therefore, their livelihoods. And while most appraisers are tight-lipped and focused, they do have quite a few points they wantRead More


Choosing The Right Tenants To Avoid Future Lawsuits

Choosing the right tenants is one of the biggest challenges property managers face. When done right, it can significantly minimize your risk of a lawsuit or Errors and Omissions claim down the road. What Makes a Good Tenant? Ideally, your clients (the landlords you manage properties for) are looking for a person who has theRead More

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Easy Email Marketing Tips for Busy Real Estate Professionals

Did you know, according to the Data and Marketing Association, it takes 7-13 touches to deliver a qualified sales lead? That is, your prospects need to hear about you 7-13 times to gain enough confidence to use your service. A ‘touch’ could include seeing your name and logo, your ad in the local newspaper, aRead More

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How to Keep a Verbal Easement from Turning into a Lawsuit

Have you represented a property with a verbal easement? If so, did the buyer or seller get an Improvement Location Certificate (ILC)? If not, you could end up with a headache – or a lawsuit. We’ll share an agent’s actual experience and show you the best way to handle past and future sales. Recently, CRESRead More

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What to Know to Avoid RESPA and Real Estate Referral Lawsuits

Could a list of preferred providers put you at risk of legal woes? Possibly. The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) doesn’t specifically mention preferred provider lists. Still, some experts fear that using a preferred provider list is a red flag for regulators under RESPA. Why Referrals Could Lead to Real Estate Legal Trouble RESPARead More

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Floods, Fires, Hurricanes: How to Sell Homes in Real Estate Risk Zones

The past year has seen intense hurricanes in Florida and the Caribbean, hurricane-related  flooding in Texas, and wildfires in California, Oregon, and Idaho among other disasters. Storms can affect the real estate market as people leave affected areas. People may be reluctant to move to a storm-damaged area or concerned about storm-damaged homes. It’s oneRead More

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