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About James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

Jim Goldsmith, Esq. is an attorney with Caldwell & Kearns and serves as general counsel to PAR. A substantial portion of his practice is dedicated to providing advice and counsel to real estate licensees and representing and defending real estate salespersons and brokers in civil lawsuits and licensing claims across the Commonwealth. He routinely counsels employers on employee relations issues as one of the voices of the PAR Legal Hotline.

Here are my most recent posts

New Agreement tweaks 10-5-2 formula

April 21, 2014
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I am sure you are excited about the release of the new PAR standard residential Agreement. Regardless of your excitement, it will be in your hands soon, if not already. None of the changes are dramatic, but as with previous releases, it is an improvement.
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Best of the Hotline: Max LTV – an appraisal contingency?

March 6, 2014
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When it comes to filling out the mortgage contingency clause, few Realtors® are confused about identifying the interest rate, term, loan amount or points. That is far from the case when it comes to understanding what to use as the maximum LTV.
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Best of the Hotline: a sale and settlement contingency gone awry

February 19, 2014
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A buyer wants out of her existing contract to purchase a different home. Can she terminate her contract? Does she get her deposit back?
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Best of the Hotline: Potability issues

January 22, 2014
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Do sellers have an obligation to share the suspicion they have regarding a potential problem to a water source?
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Best of the Hotline: New questions

January 8, 2014
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Here are a few good hotline questions for the start of the new year.
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Modifying the agreement? Be careful!

December 20, 2013
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The standard forms available to members through your association are painstakingly crafted and edited; they are then passed before the scrutiny of many for additional revisions before they are available for your use.
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What makes for a successful mediator?

November 15, 2013
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A mediator who is prepared to go the distance will likely get the job done.
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Best of the Hotline: Is the buyer entitled to her deposit?

October 22, 2013
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There are occasions when a property should not be listed in the face of a failed transaction.
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Best of the Hotline: two wrongs – who’s right?

August 27, 2013
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Buyers and sellers should understand the importance of punctual performance.
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