Clients and discrimination

It’s not preachy to tell your client that discrimination in housing is unlawful and subjects them to substantial adverse consequences. Remind him that your own participation in such a practice is unlawful and therefore you will not promote that practice.

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Does anybody really care what time it is?

Timing is not always everything, but it is critical in the executory period that exists between signing an agreement and settlement. A good practitioner should never lose sight of the timing of events, the periods within which tasks must be completed and even the timing of settlement. 

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Suing for your fee

The clear message is that when you sue for a fee, the client is going to bite by claiming that no fee was owed because of the malpractice committed by the broker or salesperson.

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Deposits: Too little, too late

The standard Agreement of Sale does not dictate a norm. The norm is not to have an agreement funded by a deposit paid five days after execution. It is one option among a near infinitive number of options. 

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Exercise due diligence early

The revised Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate (Form ASR) published by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® includes a new requirement that buyers order a title report from a reputable title company within so many days of execution. The provision, vetted for a least a year and approved by PAR’s Standard Forms Committee, is intended to address a range of frequently recurring problems in residential transactions.   

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