Do I Really Need to Disclose That?

Remember that more disclosure is usually better than less disclosure, and that disclosing items during a transaction is likely to be less risky (and far less expensive) than explaining the lack of disclosure in a deposition after the transaction.

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Inspection Contingency Review

The inspection contingency in the Standard Agreement for the Sale of Real Estate (PAR Form ASR) is one of the most frequent topics for the PAR legal hotline. The election, performance and ensuing negotiations make up a procedure that – it seems – has become so commonplace that many licensees don’t know what to do […]

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Seller Disclosure overhaul

Recently, several member volunteers met at PAR headquarters to review common questions and figure out if PAR’s seller’s property disclosure statement needs a remake. A task force led by Pat Moyer of the Suburban West Realtors® Association has begun working its way through the form, while trying to strike a balance between information a seller should disclose and a buyer’s obligation to perform due diligence.

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Smart homes and smarter forms

A task force led by Bill Lublin of the Bucks County Association of Realtors® has identified four key issues PAR’s forms should address: notification to buyers and sellers of video and audio surveillance, data privacy and security issues, contractual obligations on energy-efficient equipment and passively-collected data.

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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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Revised Agreement of Sale available

Revisions to PAR’s Agreement of Sale were approved by the Standard Forms Committee in the fall for publication on Jan. 1. The revised form is available now on PAR’s website, along with updated Guidelines for Preparation & Use.

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