Contracts and Transactions

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Dealing with Real Estate Clients with Dementia and Alzheimers

According to the Alzheimers Association, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Every 65 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease. In your real estate business, you may come across clients in various stages of these conditions.  When dealing with clients with reduced mental capacity, you need to be aware ofRead More

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Lessons Learned from Real Estate Contract Errors

Copy-and-paste can be a huge time saver in your real estate contract, but if you aren’t careful, it can cause more than a headache.  Recently a CRES-insured broker called our ClaimPrevent® Hotline with just such a copy-and-paste challenge. She had prepared a real estate contract offer on an investment property that was listed on theRead More

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Should Brokers Complete Note and Deed of Trust?

Have you ever been asked to complete a note and deed of trust? Recently a CRES-insured broker called our CRES ClaimPrevent® Hotline, because he was asked to complete a note and deed of trust for a client. The broker asked if it was proper to do so — and if the parties should sign aRead More

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What You Need to Do About Post-Closing Problems

You’ve closed a transaction in which you were the selling agent for the buyer. Everything went well … until the buyer discovered leaks and drainage issues that weren’t disclosed. Leaks, mold, termites, low water pressure, septic problems … any number of things can go wrong with a house that leaves buyers with large bills andRead More

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Multiple Offers Gone Wrong: How the CRES Legal Hotline Prevented Multiple Claims Against One Agent

A listing received multiple offers.  The seller narrowed it down to two, and the agent sent out two counteroffers – but failed to specify which counter was back up. The only contingency was the seller’s ability to find a new home. Before the agent realized the mistake, both counters were accepted and returned within minutesRead More

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Closing Issues & Managing the Risk

As a real estate agent, there’s nothing more exciting than closing on a real estate deal. But, sometimes things can go wrong — things which can delay closing or, worse, stop it from happening altogether. Many of these possible scenarios will be completely out of your control — for example, if a buyer loses his/herRead More

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Are Oral Contracts Legal in Real Estate?

Sometimes it pays to review the basics: You need a written contract when selling property.   CRES ClaimPrevent Hotline was recently contacted by a client who wanted to know if an oral contract to sell land in California is enforceable. One of our attorneys noted that in theory the sale of land can be accomplished:Read More

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Representing Buyers of Income Property with Tenant Agreements

Buying a duplex can be appealing to clients for a number of reasons. Your buyers of multi-family homes need to know what happens to tenant agreements when property transfers to a new owner. CRES Risk Management recently heard from a client who was representing the buyer of a duplex. In this situation, one side ofRead More

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Selling a Property Sight-Unseen

According to a survey commissioned by Redfin, around 35% of real estate buyers purchased a property sight-unseen last year. These buyers often purchase at the higher end of the market, in competitive real estate markets such as Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Sight-unseen purchases are also common among investors who want to rentRead More

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Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Guide to Buying a Home As Is

Not every house is a dream home.   Properties offered for sale “as is”  indicate the seller plans to sell the home in its current condition, without any further repairs or renovations. Buying a home “as is” can be an attractive option for: investors who plan to renovate and “flip”  the home for profit, buyers whoRead More

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