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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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Coming soon

Coming soon

Jul 5, 2017 | Hank Lerner, Esq.

There’s been a recent surge of confusion and angst over “coming soon” or other similar “pre-marketing” techniques. Whatever you might call it, brokers and agents need to remember that all marketing and advertising has to abide by the same basic rules.

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Take my advice... please

Take my advice… please

Jun 30, 2017 | James L. Goldsmith, Esq.

As a Realtor®, how do you handle friends asking for advice and ultimately rejecting it?

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New and improved OGM forms coming soon

New and improved OGM forms coming soon

Jun 19, 2017 | Desiree Brougher, Esq.

There is currently only one form in the PAR standard forms library dealing with oil, gas and mineral rights – Form OGM – which is a one-page form intended to be a disclosure and an addendum to the Agreement of Sale in one. On July 1, we will release three related forms to better assist you and your clients.

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