Listing Issues

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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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Can You List Property in Trust with an Uncooperative Co-owner?

There are benefits of putting a property in trust, but sometimes it can complicate matters—especially when trustees don’t agree. Have you ever had a court assigned listing for a parcel in trust? When all the parties work together, it can be a smooth process. But what happens when one of the trustees doesn’t cooperate? CanRead More

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What Real Estate Agents Need to Know about Smart Homes

With smart home technology on the rise, it’s important for real estate agents to know what’s available and how to showcase it. But, smart technology brings its own set of potential pitfalls.  Here’s what you should  know to protect yourself  and your clients from misrepresentation, malfunction or breech. What is smart home technology? Smart homeRead More

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How to Avoid Real Estate Lawsuits from Virtual Staging

Want quicker sales and higher sales prices? Staging a home might be the ticket, because it helps potential buyers see themselves living in a property. And then there’s virtual staging—using technology to present a property as it could be. Virtual staging has some significant benefits. For starters, it often costs a fraction of the costRead More

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Can Real Estate E&O Save You from Misrepresentation?

Misrepresentation is among the most common claims made against real estate agents. It seems pretty obvious that you shouldn’t misrepresent the property you want to sell, but it isn’t always as simple as that. Let’s look at three kinds of misrepresentation, how they can get you into trouble and how your real estate E&O canRead More

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How to Avoid a Real Estate Lawsuit When MLS Gets Things Wrong

Using a multiple listing service (MLS) has benefits for agents, but what if your MLS gets information wrong? Let’s look at how you can protect yourself from a real estate lawsuit and serve your client in this situation. Recently, we spoke to a broker who uses the MLS in his area. The MLS automatically populatesRead More

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Real Estate Listing Marketing — What to Watch for to Avoid a Real Estate Lawsuit

It can’t be stressed enough — getting real estate transaction details in writing is so critical when it comes to documenting a client’s home sale or purchase. Emails, notarized documents, and even text messages (recommended as a last resort) can help to clarify the information you are sharing with a buyer or seller, as wellRead More

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Pocket Listings: A dying breed or a renewed reality? Is there any benefit, and if so, is it worth the risk?

Though many consider “coming soon” listings to be unlisted properties that will, at some point, be listed on the MLS, in many instances, a “coming soon” listing is never listed on the MLS, much like a pocket listing.  In recent years, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has addressed the growing number of pocket  andRead More

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The Purpose of a MLS Listing of Real Property in California

The purpose of a MLS listing of a parcel for sale Throughout California there are many local real estate associations that provide an electronic service used by real estate agents and brokers called the “multiple listing service” (MLS). This service allows members of a given local real estate association to see each other’s listings ofRead More

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How to Prevent a California Civil Code Section 1088 Violation

California Civil Code section 1088 Many real estate agents are not familiar with the provisions of California Civil Code section 1088. I am quite familiar with this provision having defended many real estate licenses over the years for placing inaccurate information in a listing posted in a given real estate association’s multiple listing service posting.Read More

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