May 20, 2018

Law & Ethics: Law Articles

  • Fri, 07/01/2011

    If structured carefully, seller financing not only makes deals possible but also can typically help transactions close quickly, and under more fasvorable terms. But against these benefits is the big downside of seller financing: the potential for buyer default.

  • Wed, 06/01/2011

    Prepare buyers for everything that might happen in the process of closing on a bank-owned property.

  • Tue, 03/01/2011

    The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ Board of Directors at its annual meeting last November approved an action to make its bylaws consistent with the rules under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring state and local associations to make sure their facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities.

  • Tue, 02/01/2011

    If you’re the owner of even a single unit of rental property, starting this year you must start tracking all vendors doing at least $600 worth of work for you. Federal law now requires you to send them an IRS 1099 form.

  • Fri, 01/07/2011

    REOs and short sale transactions can be difficult transactions to navigate. Real estate coach Bernice Ross offers a few tips for avoiding common pitfalls that might put you at legal risk.

  • Thu, 01/06/2011

    A group of Democratic senators are pressing the Fed to remove a mortgage rule proposal that they say will make it easier for predatory lenders to foreclose on borrowers.

  • Tue, 01/04/2011

    Some lenders from the subprime crisis have re-emerged in the loan modification business. But they're finding themselves in trouble with the law again.

  • Mon, 11/01/2010

    If you or your clients fail to adhere to the terms—even unintentionally—not only will you be putting the sale into jeopardy but you could also face civil or criminal actions. Here’s a look at the four lender conditions that tend to be the most problematic for real estate practitioners and their clients.

  • Fri, 10/01/2010

    If you don’t have a corporate policy regarding customer data—or haven’t revisited your policy in a while—now’s the time to take action.

  • Wed, 09/01/2010

    There has been much confusion in the real estate industry about this issue for years, sparked by an unofficial staff interpretation letter from HUD’s Office of General Counsel in early 2008. The primary concern has been that brokers and agents could violate RESPA for selling home warranties. HUD’s interpretive rule covers three important points that help clear up the confusion.