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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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How to Avoid a Personal Injury Claim When Selling a Property

As a real estate agent, you already know that open houses are a great way to sell a property. But, what about protecting yourself from issues regarding liability? Opening up a home to the public brings with it potential risks you need to be aware of — not only to protect yourself, but also theRead More

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Dealing with Malicious Acts by Tenants – a Guide for Property Managers

It’s every property manager’s and property owner’s worst nightmare —  when a tenant does malicious damage. This is why it’s important to know what the liabilities are, and what you can do to reduce your risk of a lawsuit. Not only does it allow you to protect your clients by offering sound advice, but itRead More

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How to Avoid Non-Compliance with the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics

The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has been the peak trade association for the real estate industry since its original founding in 1908. When you join your local REALTOR® association, you also join and receive benefits from your state association as well as the NAR. With that membership comes a requirement to follow the NARRead More

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Can You Text Changes to a Lease Agreement?

A couple was selling one home and moving into another that needed work. They arranged to lease the house they sold, while a contractor did the work on the new house. At closing, the sellers had a written 7-month lease agreement with a specified move-out date. Before the lease was up, the buyer and sellerRead More

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Selling A Home Where Someone Died – A Guide To Your Disclosure Responsibilities

Disclosures vary in every state, but most relate to material defects and physical things which are wrong with the home. What if you’re selling an amazing property which has everything going for it, but there’s a catch – someone has died in it. Even if it’s not a recent death, you need to be awareRead More

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High-demand Housing Markets – what your buyers should know about the housing shortage

The housing market is tough for homebuyers right now, especially in California (as well as some areas of WA, IN, GA, and OH). There are simply more prospective buyers than homes available to purchase. To understand how to deal with the housing shortage, your buyers may first want to know why it’s happening. The housingRead More

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Your Real Estate Business

Blockchain is changing the way we gather, store and use information.  And it’s now being tested and used for some real estate transactions. As of February 2018, New York and Arizona have started accepting blockchain contracts and cryptocurrency as legal tender. (Check with your state to see what current regulations are in place.) You shouldRead More

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Brokers & Buyers Under Surveillance—Are You Being Watched?

Technology has changed the real estate market, resulting in more efficient real estate transactions and timely exchange of information. However, some unanticipated consequences have surfaced. Surveillance systems can affect brokers and buyers alike. Brokers Under Surveillance Two licensing matters before the Colorado Real Estate Commission should alert brokers that they may be under surveillance whenRead More

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Tiny House, Big Problem – Understanding the legal risks of building, buying and selling tiny homes

With the current affordable housing shortage in many areas of the United States, it’s no surprise that buyers are looking for low-cost alternatives to traditional housing options. Trendy tiny homes are the new flavor of the month — from home living magazines to lifestyle channels on television and stories of low-impact and affordable housing.  Everywhere,Read More

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