Pocket Listings: An Ethical Conundrum

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By Dale Swanton

You’ve no doubt heard the term “exclusive” or “pocket listing,” referring to a listing that is not promoted on the MLS but is marketed to the listing agent’s brokerage only or to a select group of “in-the-know” agents. Although not illegal or even unethical in and of itself, the practice is rather controversial as it often puts …

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How to Avoid Legal Issues in Real Estate

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By Sammer Mudawar First, I would like to start by making it clear: I am not an attorney and nothing herein (legal word) should be construed as legal advice. This is a simple narrative on how common sense and sound business practices can help avoid some very common situations that can lead to legal problems in our profession. These opinions …

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Nevada HOAs Challenged in False Claims Lawsuit

Blog Contributor Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Business Challenges, ethics, GSEs, Political Action & Involvement, Short Sales & Foreclosures 4 Comments

By Tara Owen Mention Home Owner Associations (HOAs) to any Las Vegas home owner and you are sure to get a passionate love them or hate them response. Many home owners I’ve met with are bitter over the fines imposed by HOAs for seemingly trivial violations. The ongoing controversy of fraudulent practices, excessive assessments, and egregious collection costs of HOA …

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You’re Too Honest: A Recap of My Recent Listing Appointment

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By Laura Rubinchuk Schwartz

I met with a very nice couple looking to retire and relocate out of the area, which means selling their home of 20+ years. It had been many, many years since they needed the services of a REALTOR® or learned of the new way things are being done to sell a home, prepare for listing, and …

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Fiduciary Duty

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By Jennifer Klein

The current real estate market is tricky to understand. In this video with Steve Ostrom, we discuss who is obligated to whom, both in a short sale and in the case of bank owned homes.  Understanding who our agreements are with as agents will help buyers better navigate the market.

Jennifer Klein is a REALTOR® in Northern …

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Volunteer Your Way to Success!

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By Anand Patel I have a wonderful agent in West Palm Beach, Fla., who decided he wanted to give back by getting involved with his local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. While on site at his first project, he struck up a conversation with a fellow volunteer working along side him. As they carried on their conversations throughout the day, …

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Scrutinize Your Vendors

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By Cory Brewer Having a buddy who is a handyman, or a friend of a friend who paints in their spare time, is great…but trying to save a quick buck or two now could cost you, your brokerage, and your client a lot more down the road. When prepping a home for the market or making inspection repairs, thoughtful consideration …

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Leave the Used Car Salesperson Persona Behind

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By Toby Boyce Sitting in the classroom taking licensure classes to become a licensed real estate agent in the state of Ohio, suddenly it becomes very obvious: They want to make sure you know people don’t like you. “You are spoken in the same breath as used car salesmen,” a local real estate attorney is fond of stating. (Of course …

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Protect Yourself Down the Road with Disclosure

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By Jennifer Klein When in doubt, it’s best to disclose. Protect your sellers’ best interest with this advice: Jennifer Klein is a REALTOR® in Northern California who is experienced in short sales, investments, and property management. Connect with Jen at RosevilleAndRocklin.com, JenKlein.com, and @JenKleinSac.