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REALTOR® Safety Month – Tips to Keep You and Your Business Safe This September

September is REALTOR® Safety Month — an ideal time to reflect on the safety of your real estate business.  Whether it’s just you — or you have a team, it’s a good idea to put protective measures in place to ensure your own security, as well as that of your team and clients The largestRead More

How to Protect Yourself from the Most Common E&O Claims with Better Coverage

From a Presentation by Jim Meseck, White and Steele Hopefully, you’ve never been sued, had to go to trial, or had a real estate E&O claim. It’s not fun. What can make an already stressful situation even more stressful is if you don’t have Errors and Omissions insurance coverage — or enough coverage, or evenRead More

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GDPR and the Impact on Your Real Estate Business

General Data Protection Regulation (hereinafter GDPR) is one of the biggest changes to data security and privacy in Europe in decades. One has probably seen some of the effects of the GDPR in the United States in your own email. For example, companies you opted into long ago asking you to re-subscribe. This begs theRead More

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When There’s Mold in Real Estate

Mold litigation has expanded, and is now being brought by property owners/buyers, employees, tenants, or merely building occupants dealing with mold in real estate. These claims gained a lot of publicity (for example, the Ed McMahon lawsuit). Yet, the science regarding mold and whether it can cause significant or permanent health effects is not established.Read More

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Real Estate Cybersecurity Risks and How to Recover

Cyber and wire transfer fraud are not normally covered on an E&O policy. But we can get you covered! Click here for an application. From a presentation by Rachel Ryckman, White and Steele There is so much exchange of data between our mobile devices and our computers, on the Internet and in the cloud. TheRead More

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Can You List a Bedroom Without a Closet

Have you ever been at odds with a client about how many bedrooms there are in a house? How many bedrooms you include in a listing matters. More bedrooms can attract buyers and raise the price of the house. They could also get you into hot water for false representation if you over state them.Read More

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How to Protect Yourself When Dealing with Close Friends and Family in Your Real Estate Business

It may seem natural as a real estate agent to want to help a close family member or friend buy or sell a house.  But you should know the potential consequences if you decide to act as a buyer’s or seller’s agent for someone close to you. There are three main risks you should beRead More

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9 Potential Real Estate Lawsuits and How to Avoid Them

From a presentation by Jim Meseck, White and Steele If there’s an unhappy seller or buyer, you can bet they’re going to find a way to blame their real estate broker or agent. We’ve seen potential real estate lawsuits occur when buyers’ and sellers’ expectations exceed what is reasonable. (Some of them would be laughable,Read More

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“My Client’s Home Was Destroyed in the Wildfires – Now What?”

In early October 2017, a series of 250 wildfires started burning throughout Northern California, bringing terror and destruction to the region. The wildfires broke out throughout Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Mendocino, Butte, and Solano Counties. These fires included the Tubbs Fire (which grew to become the most destructive wildfire in the history of California), the AtlasRead More

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Guest or Tenant? How to Deal with Someone Who Won’t Leave

What happens when somebody pays you to stay in a room short term and then doesn’t want to leave? That happened to one of our clients. She offered a place to stay in her home since hotel rates were so high. The person agreed to pay $600 for the short-term use of a bedroom. NowRead More

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