Legal Issues Archive

Reader’s Special

One of the privileges of my position at REALTOR® Magazine is introducing our print stories to the Internet every two months. Tomorrow is the day that the September/October issue hits the web, and there are a lot of reasons...
September 16, 2014

4 Things You Didn’t Know About the Fair Housing Act

Usually I try to point Book Scan readers to the written word, but occasionally I find a piece of audio worth recommending. Last time I pointed you toward a wonderful novel about a real estate agent, but this time...
December 4, 2013

When Books Become the Enemy

Ever gotten a letter of intent from unrepresented buyer offering to purchase your listing for exactly for 63 percent of your list price, subject to an armload of caveats and stipulations? How about a minimalist purchase contract from an...
November 5, 2013

Tax Saving Secrets Revealed

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Tax code is complex and often difficult to understand, including when it comes to the sale of a home. Help your sellers understand the rules and ways in which they can...

Not Your Ordinary Little Black Book

By Erica Christoffer, Multimedia Web Producer, REALTOR® Magazine Valerie Faltas has drawn from her law school experience and time working for the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office to write a book unveiling ways home owners can save money on...
June 17, 2010

Is It Really a Short Sale?

Some properties are being advertised as a short sale when they really aren’t in an attempt to lure bargain-hunter buyers. A new book,Foreclosures, Short Sales, REOs, and Auctions: Tools for Success in Today’s Real Estate Market, published by Dearborn,...
November 20, 2008

Author Chat: Barbara Nichols

Real estate legal expert Barbara Nichols, author of The No-Lawsuit Guide to Real Estate Transactions (McGraw-Hill, 2007), responds to your questions. What’s the most common reason agents get sued? NICHOLS: The most common reason agents get sued is failure...
August 6, 2007

The No-Lawsuit Guide to Real Estate Transactions: 5 Ways You Could End Up in Court

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey QUICK SKIM One in five real estate practitioners will be involved in a lawsuit during their career, says real estate broker Barbara Nichols in The No-Lawsuit Guide to Real Estate Transactions (McGraw-Hill, 2007). The effects...
July 27, 2007