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What remedies does a resale purchaser have against the builder?

What remedies does a resale purchaser have against the builder?

Oct 4, 2017 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

In a transient society, buyers of new construction may find themselves selling shortly after purchase, and before the property has truly gone through its “shake-down” phase. In many cases, construction problems are latent for years.

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Walk-through issues

Walk-through issues

Sep 7, 2017 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

What to do when the problem is not seen until the walk-through? What are the buyer’s rights and the seller’s obligations? 

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HUD guidelines:  When can a landlord consider criminal history?

HUD guidelines: When can a landlord consider criminal history?

Aug 25, 2017 | Victoria Edwards

Can you deny someone a lease because they have been arrested in the past? What if they were convicted of a crime?

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Avoiding anti-trust discussions

Avoiding anti-trust discussions

Aug 10, 2017 | Kim Shindle

“It’s best to avoid conversations that could be a violation of anti-trust laws,” according to Hank Lerner, PAR director of law and policy.

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Forms on lockdown

Forms on lockdown

Jul 31, 2017 | Desiree Brougher, Esq.

Inappropriately providing forms to others is not only a violation of PAR’s copyright, but also actually devalues the contracts and your services. In the end, sharing the forms on social media or websites helps no one.

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CFPB issues clarification on “third parties”

CFPB issues clarification on “third parties”

Jul 24, 2017 | Desiree Brougher, Esq.

One of the chief complaints we hear from Realtors® when it comes to the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule is that Realtors® feel excluded from the transaction when financing is involved, because the rules generally prohibit lenders from providing copies of the Closing Disclosure to the licensee. How does a recent interpretation from CFPB impact that?

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Local tax assessment appeals and what you need to know

Local tax assessment appeals and what you need to know

Jul 20, 2017 | Hank Lerner, Esq.

On July 5, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down an important decision in Valley Forge Towers Apts. N, LP v. Upper Merion Area School District that has the potential to bring major changes to local tax assessment appeals.

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Growing up

Growing up

Jul 19, 2017 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

As an agent or broker, how do you handle difficult situations?

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Is medical marijuana a magic pill for real estate?

Is medical marijuana a magic pill for real estate?

Jul 10, 2017 | Desiree Brougher, Esq.

Proponents of medical marijuana claim health benefits that range from reduction in pain to a cure for cancer, but is the legalization of medical marijuana ...

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