Showings and Open Houses

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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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Selling a Home Where Drug Activity Has Occurred

Selling a home where there’s been drug activity can be problematic for any real estate agent. There are potential safety issues for you, your team, and prospective buyers when you’re showing the home. There’s also the possibility of a lawsuit if a buyer is unaware of the drug activity and finds out after purchasing. So,Read More

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Unescorted Access for Prospective Tenants and Buyers — Is It Just Too Risky?

Real estate is a busy profession and you can’t be everywhere at once. Sometimes it might be tempting to consider unescorted access to prospective tenants and buyers. But, is it just too risky?  What Can Go Wrong? In truth, there are many risks associated with allowing unescorted access to properties for prospective tenants and buyersRead More

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Managing Alcohol-Related Liabilities in Your Real Estate Business

Do you provide hospitality to sellers, buyers, or even your own team of real estate agents? Where do you stand with alcohol? What happens, for example, if you serve alcohol at an open house, an event or function, and something goes wrong? What happens if a client has an accident on the way home afterRead More

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Dealing with Real Estate Clients with Physical Disabilities

As a real estate agent, you deal with different types of people every day. In fact, being able to communicate with a myriad of people is one of the true strengths of a successful real estate agent. But what should you do when dealing with clients with physical disabilities to make sure you don’t endRead More

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How to Reduce Open House Risks When Someone Else Hosts

Have you ever received a request from another brokerage — or another agent within your firm — to host an open house at a property you have listed? This can be a great option for both parties, especially if you’re busy or out of your usual area. But before you agree, you need to takeRead More

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How to Avoid a Lawsuit When You’re Selling a House With Pets

Selling a property that is home to pets can be a challenge for a real estate agent. But, with around 60% of households owning a pet, it’s a fairly common occurrence. The degree to which pets will be a problem largely depends on what type of pets you’re dealing with and the condition of theRead More

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Your Real Estate Signage — Could it Cause a Lawsuit?

Signage is an important part of a real estate agent’s marketing toolkit. Professional signage, whether it’s posted outside of the property or elsewhere in the neighborhood to promote an open house, can increase your leads and attract potential buyers. Real estate signs sell properties faster. But, like everything in business, there are some risks associatedRead More

Real Estate Lockbox Risks and How to Manage Them

Real Estate lockboxes make it easy to show your properties when the seller is away or unavailable. There’s no need for buyer’s agents to travel to and from your office to pick up the key. This convenience will make your listing more attractive and can often differentiate between other properties which aren’t set up withRead More

Risks to Avoid When Selling a Vacant Home

You might need to sell a vacant home for any number of reasons — perhaps it’s a newly built home, the seller has already relocated, or maybe it’s a rental and the tenants have just moved out. Of course, vacant homes can take longer to sell. Empty homes can make it difficult for prospective buyersRead More

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