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April 2, 2014
Broker’s distribution of cash-back coupons to potential buyers for presentation to sellers is deemed violation of law prohibiting commission splits with non-licensees.
March 26, 2014
Administrative law judge rules that FAA lacked jurisdiction to impose the fine.
March 19, 2014
Federal court holds that buyers’ real estate salesperson breached contract with clients by failing to disclose encumbrance on purchased land.
March 5, 2014
Tennessee court holds that “no knowledge” of wrongdoing is no defense in managing broker’s failure to prevent affiliate broker’s negligence and misrepresentations.
February 26, 2014
California appellate court allows landlord access to tenant’s apartment on the weekend in order to hold an open house.
February 19, 2014
Federal court determines no RESPA violation for referrals from real estate brokerage to its affiliated title companies.
February 19, 2014
Administrative law judge determines that website operator registered names containing the word “REALTOR” in bad faith.
February 5, 2014
Federal court vacates REALTOR® association arbitration award on unusual grounds.
January 15, 2014
Bad online review of real estate broker is given freedom of speech protection by Washington court.
December 31, 2013
Washington court's reversal serves as reminder of buyers' duty to "beware, inspect and question."