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Confidential means confidential (Except when it doesn’t)

May 20, 2009 | Hank Lerner, Esq.

When is a confidential decision in an ethics case not really confidential? And how does a recent NAR rules change affect confidentiality? Should you be worried?

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If you can’t say anything nice…

May 19, 2009 | Hank Lerner, Esq.

You already know that you can’t talk bad about your competitors, but a new change by NAR now includes a responsibility to remove or correct/clarify false or misleading statements “made by others on electronic media the REALTOR® controls once the REALTOR® knows the statement is false or misleading.” Read more about it…

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One hand giveth, the other taketh away (or something like that)

May 18, 2009 | Hank Lerner, Esq.

Is search engine indexing the same as scraping? What does the blogosphere think? How about NAR? Read about recent action (and inaction) from the NAR Midyear meetings.

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Program helps Pennsylvania homeowners

May 15, 2009 | Susan C. Wright, e-PRO

The Homeowners’ Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) was created by Act 91 of 1983 by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The program aims to protect families who are financially unable to make their mortgage payments and face foreclosure.

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HUD withdraws new ‘required use’ definition

May 13, 2009 | Kim Shindle

Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced Tuesday at NAR’s Midyear Meetings in Washington that HUD has withdrawn the proposed “required use” definition in the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA) overhaul.

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A truly green REALTOR®

Apr 29, 2009 | Susan C. Wright, e-PRO

A Pennsylvania REALTOR® lives by example for the Green movement.

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Just say NO to BPOs

Apr 8, 2009 | Hank Lerner, Esq.

BPOs could be causing part of the problem in the housing market, according to a recent article. One more reason the PA market is performing better than the national averages — BPOs don’t exist in Pennsylvania. Really.

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It’s easy being green

Apr 1, 2009 | Hank Lerner, Esq.

How do you quickly and easily learn about new ‘green’ government initiatives? Keep reading…

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What do you get when you cross status updates and a jury trial?

Mar 17, 2009 | Meghan Tinkham, e-PRO

On Monday, Vincent Fumo, a former Pennsylvania state senator, was found guilty of 137 counts of corruption. The deliberations almost came to a halt when Juror No. 5, Eric Wuest of Collegeville, PA, was accused of posting trial information on his Facebook status and Twitter.

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