Hank Lerner, Esq.

General Counsel
Hank Lerner, Esq.

Hank Lerner is the general counsel for PAR. In his role he oversees the Standard Forms and Professional Standards programs, and works on all sorts of various legal/regulatory/compliance issues for the association. He is a frequent speaker on legal, ethical and risk reduction issues around the state and beyond, and has served on several NAR committees and in other roles.

Hank earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from William and Mary Law School. He has been admitted to the bar since 1994, and has been with PAR in a variety of positions since 2000.

Latest Content by Hank

Do I Still Need to Wear a Mask to Showings? COVID-19 Updates

If you were thinking there’s nothing new to say about COVID-19 after 16 months, you’d be thinking wrong.

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New Mask Guidance a Real Shot in the Arm

On Thursday, May 13, the Centers for Disease Control issued new public health guidance for fully vaccinated people. The key takeaway is that “fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.” But before you get too excited, let’s break that down and see how it might apply to real estate practice in Pennsylvania.

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It’s All About the Inspections

The PAR Legal Hotline is seeing terminations and deposit disputes shoot up, as well as a spike in seller disclosure problems and about a 40% increase in buyer-seller mediation request.

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I Challenge You to a Dual (or Variable Rate Commission)!

The key to understanding dual or variable rate commission is that it applies when the fee paid by a seller to a listing broker will vary based on whether or not an agent with the listing broker procures the buyer.

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Guidance for the Vaccinated – An Update

Our recommendation – consistent with the CDC guidance and amended Pennsylvania order – is that real estate licensees should continue to wear masks when interacting with clients regardless of the setting.

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State and Federal COVID-19 Updates: What They Mean for Realtors®

Gov. Tom Wolf signed a fourth renewal of the COVID-19 emergency declaration, while President Joe Biden announced a 14-day window (Feb. 24-March 10) in which the Paycheck Protection Program will only be available to businesses of 20 employees or fewer.

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