Real Estate Claims

Taking Real Estate Cases To Magisterial District Courts

Many real estate legal disputes find their way to Magisterial District Courts in Pennsylvania for a number of reasons.

How long to return deposits?

How Long to Return Deposits?

As a broker holding a deposit, how long should it take you to return it pursuant to the terms of a release signed by both parties or when sufficient time has passed and not litigation/mediation has been initated?

Home Inspectors

Attend Inspections

PART TWO
Who, if anyone, should attend home inspections has been a topic of debate for as long as home inspections have been a standard element in a residential transaction.

Home Inspectors

Untimely Repairs

PART ONE
It happens.  Sellers agree to make repairs suggested by a home inspection, but fail to complete the job timely.

Real Estate What If Question

What if?

These two words are the start of many questions by those who draft contracts, including agreements for the sale of real estate.

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Getting Creative

Understanding the Additional Terms Clause in the Standard Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate.
The most dangerous clause in the Standard Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate (ASR) is found in our current Paragraph 32(B), Additional Terms. Here’s where agents can let loose with the most creative use of the pen imaginable!

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What’s the Biggest Mistake a Licensed Professional Can Make, When Faced with a State Board Investigation Notice?

Responding on your own to a licensing investigation or meeting with the board investigator, without legal representation, is one of the biggest mistakes a licensed professional can make when faced with an investigation notice from the state board.

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Selling Real Estate in an Era of Modern Surveilling

Real estate licensees and their clients must be aware of the nuances of video and audio surveillance laws to protect themselves from potential invasions of privacy, breaches of confidential information in violations of state and federal video and audio surveillance laws.

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A Question of Coverage

Mistakes happen. Consider the case of listing agent Robert. Robert happened to be on vacation when he received an offer at list price. He reviewed the standard form on his cell phone and reported to the sellers that it looked great.

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The Superior Court Recently Ruled on Two Issues Under the Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law that Realtors® Should be Aware of

The first question decided by the court was whether the seller was liable for failing to deliver a Property Disclosure Statement, where the agreement included an “as is” clause. The second question was what constitutes “actual damages” as the term is used in the Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law (RESDL) to define a buyer’s remedy for breach of the statute.