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Legal Update: Commercial Real Estate Brokers Now Subject to the Same Dual Agency and Disclosure Laws as Residential Brokers

As of January 1, 2015, commercial real estate brokers and salespersons will be required to comply with a stringent set of agency disclosure requirements formerly applicable only to residential brokers, expressly setting forth...more

Canadian Real Estate Brokerage Expands U.S. Reach Through South Florida Purchases

Canadian Real Estate Brokerage Avison Young, Inc. recently expanded its U.S. reach when it announced last week that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Miami-based commercial real estate brokerage and property...more

CFPB RESPA Enforcement Action Targets Marketing Services Agreements

On September 30, the CFPB announced a consent order with a Michigan-based title insurance company to address allegations that the company’s marketing services agreements (MSAs) with several real estate brokers violated the...more

Social Media Concerns Potentially Affecting Arizona’s Real Estate Industry

A growing number of governmental authorities are cracking down on the use of social media with regard to commercial transactions. In Arizona, for example, legislation was proposed restricting an employer’s right to access...more

Does the Attorney-Client Privilege Protect Communications With A Company’s Outside Consultants?

A recent decision by the Massachusetts Land Court provides helpful guidance to clients who frequently rely on independent contractors such as brokers, project managers and public relations consultants to interface with their...more

Real estate salesperson succeeds in mission to collect commission

A.R.S. § 32-2152 allows a real estate broker or salesperson to file a court action to collect earned compensation if he was a “qualified licensed broker or salesperson at the time the claim arose.” In Focus Point Prop., LLC...more

Court Rules Commercial Real Estate Broker Can’t Collect Commission Because Of Involvement Of Unlicensed Salesperson

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia held that a state-licensed real estate company was unable to collect its commission on a real estate lease transaction because a key employee involved...more

Commercial Real Estate Broker Liens

Arizona, by statute, allows a commercial real estate broker in certain limited circumstances to record a lien against the owner’s real property which is the subject of the commission agreement, in order to protect the...more

Tenant Leases: Save Time & Money In The Leasing Process

For both Office and Retail Leases, here are some key ways Tenants can save time and money in their lease negotiations: - Right Team: Involve an experienced real estate broker early on in the process. Brokers let you...more

The Wait is Over. The Anxiety Begins. The CFPB Issues its Final Rule to Combine RESPA and TILA Mortgage Disclosures

Well, the wait is over. After 16 months and much anticipation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) released a 1,888-page final rule on November 20, 2013 to combine mortgage disclosures required...more

Court Explicates Scope of Usury Exemption For Real Estate Brokers

Artistotle didn’t think much of the idea of paying interest: (“As this is so, usury is most reasonably hated, because its gain comes from money itself and not from that for the sake of which money was invented. For...more

Your Brokers and Attorneys — The All-Star Approach to Creating a Successful Real Estate Team

In the world of professional sports, management spends considerable time evaluating players, strategizing about organizational fits and developing talent through coaching— all with an eye toward winning a championship....more

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