Legal Updates

Solar Power Systems — a Hot Topic!

Issue – Solar Power Systems are Fixtures When we think of fixtures that are included in the sale of a property, it is likely that some Brokers and Agents have not considered the application of the modern day solar power system. Similar to a hot water heater, a furnace, or other major component, the solarRead More

Texas Disclosures

Guest blog written by B. Blake Cox B. Blake Cox  | www.lawsnakard.com Mr. Cox graduated from Texas Tech University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree; and graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1986 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Mr. Cox’s practice centers primarily on civil litigation involving the defense of service providers suchRead More

Brownfield Redevelopment Offers Liability Protection and Grant Opportunities

Guest blog written by Robert G. Westfall Robert G. Westfall  | www.barrettlaw.com       The federal “Superfund” law, formally known as the Comprehensive Environmental Recovery, Compensation, and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), imposes harsh liability on a range of entities associated with an environmentally contaminated site. The law’s liability scheme casts a wide net in an effort toRead More

Multiple Offers

Guest blog written by B. Blake Cox B. Blake Cox  | www.lawsnakard.com Mr. Cox graduated from Texas Tech University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree; and graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1986 with a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Mr. Cox’s practice centers primarily on civil litigation involving the defense of service providers suchRead More

Murder Is Not a Material Defect in Pennsylvania Real Estate Transactions

Guest blog written by David A. Yavil, Esq David A. Yavil  | www.smsm.com David Yavil is a senior associate in Segal McCambridge’s Philadelphia office. Mr. Yavil has extensive experience representing a wide array of clients including product manufacturers, licensed professionals, health systems, premises owners, real estate brokers and agents, insurers and employers in various civil litigation mattersRead More

Updated South Carolina Building and Fire Codes Include Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements Aimed at Protecting Against the “Silent Killer”

In the past several months, the tragic deaths of an elderly couple and a child in two separate incidents in the same North Carolina hotel room have garnered national media attention. According to North Carolina authorities, the deaths of these individuals are attributable to a carbon monoxide (“CO”) leak originating from a pool heater located in anRead More

Anticipating the “Flood” of Post-Sandy E&O Claims for Insurance Brokers

Guest blog written by John R Gonzo, ESQ. Mr. Gonzo is the Managing Partner of the Gonzo Law Group and specializes in professional lines defense. Superstorm Sandy devastated portions of New Jersey, impacting individuals and companies of all types, including insurance brokers. Stories of insurance brokers, whose offices had no power, heat, or internet accessRead More

Minimizing Realtor® Liability When Listing Foreclosure Properties

Real estate brokers and agents are often hired by banks to market and sell properties after a foreclosure. When dealing with foreclosure properties, you may be confronted with a former owner who has not vacated the premises and/or removed their belongings from the foreclosed property. This article will discuss how you can minimize your liabilityRead More

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Home Inspections: Don’t Oversell One to Your Real Estate Clients

Recommending a home inspection company is a helpful and valuable service a real estate agent can perform, however, it can also lead to a real estate lawsuit. And while the courts mostly rule in favor of the real estate agent, it is important to take steps to guard yourself against a real estate lawsuit whileRead More

The Legal Forum: How to Avoid Claims Responsibly & Eliminate Finger Pointing

The Legal Forum is a CRES Current exclusive. Want free legal advice from experienced real estate attorneys? If so, stay tuned to the CRES Current for the new Legal Forum column every month! DON’T AGREE TO ASSUME DUTIES OR RESPONSIBILITIES THAT AREN’T YOURS. A real estate agent always wants to come across as knowledgeable andRead More

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