James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

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.
Posted by James L. Goldsmith, Esq.
Recent rulings could impact litigation and Realtors®

Recent rulings could impact litigation and Realtors®

Mar 17, 2015 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

Two recent orders may have impact on Pennsylvania Realtors®

Read More | 1 Comments

Can a buyer’s corrective proposal be rescinded?

Can a buyer’s corrective proposal be rescinded?

Feb 5, 2015 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

Attorney James Goldsmith talks about whether a buyer can alter their corrective proposal.

Read More | 6 Comments

Post-inspection negotiation – Is “good faith” required?

Post-inspection negotiation – Is “good faith” required?

Feb 4, 2015 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

Attorney James Goldsmith discusses a seller’s “obligation” to negotiate repairs or improvements during the negotiation period.

Read More | 0 Comments

JustListed in your inbox. Delivered daily.

Follow the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors

Best of the Hotline: Who gets the pellet stove?

Best of the Hotline: Who gets the pellet stove?

Oct 23, 2014 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

This is not the first time I have published an article on included and excluded items nor is it likely to be the last. In my 30+ years representing Realtors®, this has been a recurring problem though the recent call was my first on this specific item.

Read More | 3 Comments

What Conway decision means for Realtors®

What Conway decision means for Realtors®

Sep 11, 2014 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court again has addressed the issue of the implied warranty of habitability. It recently ruled that the warranty it established in 1972, does not apply to purchasers other than the original home buyers of new construction.

Read More | 2 Comments

Murder-suicide disclosure: implications of the court's decision

Murder-suicide disclosure: implications of the court’s decision

Jul 23, 2014 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

When listing a property, do you even ask if a stigmatizing event has occurred? In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, it is not essential that you inquire.

Read More | 0 Comments

Best of the Hotline: dual agency delivers

Best of the Hotline: dual agency delivers

Jun 26, 2014 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

When agents take on the mantle of dual agency, they further complicate their relationships because they have competing duties of loyalty to buyers and sellers.

Read More | 3 Comments

Business brokering carries greater risk of civil liability

Business brokering carries greater risk of civil liability

Jun 2, 2014 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

Many callers to the Hotline over the years have asked about the legality of taking a fee for brokering the sale of a business, separate from the fee earned for brokering the sale of the real estate.

Read More | 1 Comments

New Agreement tweaks 10-5-2 formula

New Agreement tweaks 10-5-2 formula

Apr 21, 2014 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

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.

Read More | 2 Comments