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Make Every Audit a Success
Every designated broker can be certain of three things … death, taxes and an audit by the Department of Licensing,..
Listing Brokers - Did You Know That Offer Instructions Can Be Dangerous to Sellers?
Listing brokers owe unavoidable Agency Law duties, some of which include, in no particular order: 1) to take no action that is adverse or detrimental to seller’s interests in a transaction..
YOU PAID FOR THE IMAGE and still got sued for using it?
Rights to own and use photographs are quite complex and originate in copyright law...
A Real Estate Broker's Risk Reduction Toolbox
Every broker is required to deliver Real Estate Brokerage Services with “reasonable skill and care..."
Overconfident Sellers Plus Overeager Buyers Equals Broker Liability
Moreover, too many buyers are failing to understand the significance of the three different, and very distinct, buyer signature lines ...
Can Seller Require Proof Of Vaccine Before Allowing Access to the Home?
There is a simple answer to the question asking IF seller can require proof of vaccine before allowing entry to seller’s home....
EARNEST MONEY, An Old Dog That Teaches New Tricks
Should Buyer Brokers Instruct Buyers To Deposit Funds Directly To Escrow So That Broker Can Avoid Handling The Funds?
Antitrust & Social Media…A Costly Combination
In the real estate industry, the only way to find success, financially and for the benefit of clients, is for a broker to work cooperatively with competitors...
I Don't Want to Hire a Lawyer, That's Why I Hired You
Statutory law, the Agency Law to be specific, is very clear. A broker has a non-negotiable duty “to advise the [client] to seek expert advice...
Practice Law Much? Of Course You Do, So Do It Right
In 1985, the Washington Supreme Court determined that real estate brokers may practice law, to the extent that brokers complete simple, printed, standardized, lawyer-approved forms in simple real estate transactions. ..
Oops! The Most Common Mistakes Brokers Are Making And What To Do About It
DOL TRENDS SHOW THAT COMPLIANCE IS EASIER THAN DISCIPLINE...
Oops! Part 2 - Trends Show DOL Compliance is Easier Than Discipline
he Washington State Department of Licensing (“DOL”) regulates real estate brokers and disciplines licensees for non-compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.
Is it Stellar Service or Extraordinary Risk?
When I represent a seller, and help negotiate seller’s response to buyer’s request for repairs, I gather bids so..
Commission Splits and Anti-competitive Behavior
It is unlawful for two competing firms to agree on the amount of commission that will be shared with each other or with other competitors.
Selling Real Estate Internationally, What You Need To Know
As the largest economy in the world and a country full of diversity, the United States attracts people from across the globe ...
Legal Hotline: What Size Financing Contingency Does Your Buyer Wear?
Picking the correct financing contingency, in light of the revised Form 22A, requires similar measuring by your buyer’s lender (aka finance person) and careful shopping by your buyer, to ensure they have a “just right” fit.
November is National Native American Heritage Month
Native Americans face many challenges to owning a home. As REALTORS® , you can help Native American home buyers...
New Fair Housing Brochures Available
The following brochures posters and article were provided by NWFH to help you guide your clients through real estate transactions that are compliant with fair housing laws...
Does Your Business Have A Disaster Plan?
Disasters can be impactful in many ways, they can disrupt your business, your personal life and also your clients and real estate transactions.