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Summer 2014 in review: court case, legal information rule

by Kevin Juliano, CAE, RCE on

If there is one thing I love, it’s data. I get excited when the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR) releases the Housing Market Report each quarter. With, I’m a numbers guy as well. Frequently I review our open rates on the daily emails, clicks to the stories from social media, and what stories generate comments.

Since Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer, let’s take a birds-eye look at data from the summer and see the most popular stories on The following five stories were all published over the last three months:

Supreme Court rules on disclosure of murder-suicide
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules that a murder-suicide in a property is not a material defect that a seller needs to disclose to a buyer.

Facebook debuts new ‘save’ feature
You may be able to keep better track of your clients’ posts with this new Facebook feature.

Governor signs Mechanics’ Lien legislation
Gov. Tom Corbett signed Act 117 of 2014, which will help prevent unfair Mechanics’ Liens from being filed against unsuspecting homeowners.

Common myths about seller disclosure
In my travels from corner to corner of our Commonwealth, I am learning that market practice varies greatly by region. But one common element is the wide misunderstanding of the Seller Disclosure Law.

Tragedy reminds Realtors® of open house dangers
NAR reminds those working that open houses can be a great sales tool, however, hosting one also exposes you to numerous unfamiliar people.

The following two posts were actually published in 2012 and 2013, respectively:

Disposing of abandoned property: A reprieve for landlords
For decades, landlords and property managers have been looking for guidance on how long and how carefully they have to store property that was left under (oftentimes) hostile conditions.

Can a landlord charge a pet security deposit for a service animal?
Disability discrimination occurs if a landlord refuses to make a “reasonable accommodation” in rules, policies, practices or services when such accommodation is necessary to afford a person with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our summer 2014 in review. Be sure you’re receiving useful tips and industry information daily by registering for our emails. Happy Labor Day!


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