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3Q 2014: Agency, Property Condition Disclosure, RESPA, Ethics

December 17, 2014: 

A summary of legal research on topics that may be a source of legal liability for real-estate licensees: Agency, Property Condition Disclosure, RESPA, Technology, Antitrust, and Third-Party Liability issues.

Window to the Law: Rules for Proper Use of NAR’s REALTOR® Trademarks

December 2, 2014: 

Chloe Hecht, Associate Council for NAR, discusses rules for proper use of the REALTOR® trademark, and how these rules apply to members' use of the trademarks online - including in connection with the .REALTOR top-level domain.

Broker Accountable for Seller’s Bad Info

November 25, 2014: 

New York court holds listing broker liable for seller’s incorrect assertion that home was connected to city sewer system.

NAR Funds Four Cases

November 19, 2014: 

NAR's Board of Directors approved the funding request recommendations made by the Legal Action Committee for four cases: two involving copyright infringement allegations against the owner of Neighborcity.com, and two cases against two Texas brokerages alleging infringement of the same patents.

NAR Wins Domain Name Disputes

November 19, 2014: 

Administrative law panels determine that registrants registered domains containing the term “REALTOR®” in bad faith.

National Association of REALTORS® Policy Statement: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

November 13, 2014: 

NAR has recommended that members not use drones in their brokerage business while NAR works with the FAA in creating rules for their commercial use.

Legalization of Marijuana has Numerous Real Estate Implications

November 8, 2014: 

State laws that allow for medical or recreational use of marijuana have varying implications for real estate transactions, from residential and commercial brokerage to property management and leasing.

Window to the Law: Implementing Office Safety Measures: Legal Considerations

October 29, 2014: 

In this month’s Window to the Law video, Associate Counsel Jessica Edgerton presents legal tips and best practices for brokerages to take into consideration when implementing safety programs and policies to help agents stay safe.

Buyer Sues Over Misidentified Property

October 22, 2014: 

Georgia court allows buyer’s lawsuit against the seller to proceed after she made improvements to the wrong property based on photos in the listing.

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