Does A Real Estate Agent Get Paid For Just Finding A Ready, Willing, and Able Buyer?

| February 2, 2016

As we all know, real estate agents are in the business of bringing buyers and sellers together for the purpose of getting a home sold. Real estate agents are an important cog in the the real estate machine and are vital to keeping our economy growing. Requirements To Sell Florida Real Estate In Florida, the […]

Beware When Buying A Florida Foreclosure Or Distressed Property? Did Your Real Estate Agent Give You Advice?

| January 26, 2016

In Florida, foreclosures are still happening even though the official “foreclosure fraud crisis” has passed. (Read more about that in our free Foreclosure Fraud e-book, “The Non-Lawyer’s Guide to Foreclosure Fraud 2011.”) Today, there are still homes owned by people who are teetering at the edge of the foreclosure cliff. And, there are a large […]

Are Florida Real Estate Brokers Liable For The Harm Caused by Their Agents?

| January 19, 2016

Florida residential real estate brokers operate businesses that are heavily regulated. It makes no difference if they are affiliated with a large national chain like Coldwell Banker, Century 21, or RE/MAX, or they run a local operation.   Every single real estate broker operating in the State of Florida has to comply with our real […]

Are These 8 Real Estate Disclosures Protecting The Buyer Or Some Other Party?

| November 24, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 Here you are, a ready, willing and able buyer who has finally found that Florida condo, townhouse, or home of your dreams.  You are excited about closing the deal and moving into your new South Florida home. It’s a great time, no more spending hours conducting online searches and car rides with […]

Real Estate Listing Agreements: What Happens When An Agent Circumvents the Law?

| November 10, 2015

Last Update: 04/18/16 It’s not news that Florida real estate professionals do bad things. Don’t get me wrong, there are solid professionals selling homes and condos here and then there are bad apples, too. Unfortunately, there are more real estate wrongdoing happening in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties than you might think. All Florida […]

Will Your Claim Survive A Summary Judgment Motion?

| October 27, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 Will Your Fraudulent Misrepresentation Claim About The Square Footage Of Your Home Survive A Motion For Summary Judgment? In Florida, after a plaintiff files a lawsuit (also known as a “complaint”), the defendant must file a formal response (called an “answer”) to the complaint. The plaintiff lays out his or her issues […]

Real Estate Brokers And Agents Must Be Licensed In Florida!

| October 20, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 Florida law requires that all real estate brokers and real estate agents not only get licensed by the State of Florida in order to do business here, but that they keep up those licenses with through continuing education. For example, there have been big changes this year with the new “TRID” rules. […]

Do Walk-Throughs and Inspections Hurt a Misrepresentation Claim?

| October 6, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 More and more these days, Florida real estate buyers are purchasing a home or condo without personally stepping foot on the property. When this happens, the buyer usually relies on someone acting on their behalf (e.g., a friend or family member). Moreover, with the innovations of the internet virtual tours and real […]

What Happens When A Buyer Discovers Condo Water Damage After Closing?

| September 22, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 Broker Misrepresentation Claims and “As Is” Clauses Here in South Florida, the condominium lifestyle is very popular. That popularity extends to both retirees as well as to locals, who buy condos as primary residences, vacation homes and as investment properties. People from other countries also flock to South Florida’s condo haven because […]

Is it Fraudulent Misrepresentation When the Real Estate Broker Hides Fact that Mother in Law is the Buyer?

| September 8, 2015

Last Update: 04/18/16 Real Estate Professionals Acting Badly — Fraudulent misrepresentation involves a broker or agent knowingly providing misinformation to a buyer or seller that is relied upon by them to their harm or detriment. What is a Fraudulent Misrepresentation? These are false statements that are intentionally made in order to get a transaction closed […]

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