Legal Updates

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Is Your Website ADA Compliant? – Better Safe Than Sorry

With the ongoing national Covid-19 crisis, real estate brokers, agents, and property managers are more reliant than ever on the internet as a means of marketing and communication.  Websites remain a critical marketing tool for most real estate professionals.  ADA (“Americans With Disabilities Act”) website compliance is essential for all businesses, including your real estateRead More

Texas Real Estate Risk Management & Compliance Newsletter | COVID-19 Updates – June 26, 2020

On Friday, June 26, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued his Executive Order GA-28. This Order supersedes Executive Order GA-26 which was issued on June 3, 2020, at a time when the Governor was pushing the state toward reopening as soon as possible. Since the June order, however, the numbers of infected persons and hospital demand in TexasRead More

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How Real Estate Professionals Should Respond to a Deposition Subpoena to Produce Documents

When there is a legal dispute between the buyer and seller, you may be served with a deposition subpoena to produce documents. This is a normal procedure for obtaining documents when you or your real estate brokerage are not named in the lawsuit at the time of the service of the deposition subpoena. A subpoenaRead More

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Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act and Legal Counsel Overview

With the Senate reaching an agreement on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, there has been a push to consolidate resources for easy reference and education on what the aid the Act provides.  The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship created this Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES ActRead More

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COVID-19 and Working with Real Estate Sellers

March 19, 2020 These are unprecedented times and these issues could not have been anticipated.  No one in the real estate industry has experienced a similar event on such a scale. Nevertheless, CRES and our risk management attorneys are analyzing the situation to anticipate legal and practical challenges that face real estate professionals and consumers. Read More

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COVID-19: Broker, Agent, and Firm Health and Safety Suggestions

March 19, 2020 As each day dealing with the coronavirus seems to bring new challenges for the real estate industry, there are positive steps brokers and agents can take to remain safe. CRES and our risk management attorneys continue to analyze the situation and offer these suggestions: Employing brokers and supervisors should develop a writtenRead More

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COVID-19 and the Impact on California Real Estate Transactions

Download the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Coronavirus Addendum (C.A.R. Form CVA, 3/20). The spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 has created uncertainty in our everyday lives — including the purchase and sale of real property in California.  People who are presently under contract to purchase or sell real property consider how the virus may impact theirRead More

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Colorado Possible Real Estate Effects of Quarantines due to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 These are unprecedented times for consumers and the real estate industry.  The Colorado real estate form contracts do not expressly address situations like this.  No one in the industry has experienced a similar event on such a scale. Nevertheless, CRES and our Colorado attorneys are analyzing the situation to anticipate legal andRead More

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Colorado Office Closures and Transaction Delays due to COVID-19

March 18, 2020 Although Colorado real estate form contracts do not expressly address situations like COVID-19, there are ways to handle effects on real estate transactions.  CRES and our Colorado attorneys are analyzing the situation to anticipate legal and practical challenges that face real estate professionals and consumers.  Here are some insights and thoughts: BrokersRead More

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Source of Income Discrimination in California

Under California and federal law, it is illegal for a landlord or residential rental housing provider to discriminate against a person because of the person’s disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race, marital status, religion, ancestry, or source of income for the rental.  California’s Legislature has declared that the opportunity to seek, obtain and hold housingRead More

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