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Realtor Liability Blog Series

Real Estate Law and Real Estate Law Litigation

Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP put together a “Realtor Liability Blog Series.” We hope you find the information in this series to be informative as it covers a few common liability pitfalls for Realtors®. If you find yourself needing real estate legal counsel, don’t hesitate to contact our office at (650) 327- 2900 x 10 or on the web at www.BrewerFirm.com. Our team of knowledgeable and seasoned attorneys have extensive experience in litigation, representing their clients in various real estate matters in California.

Simon Offord, Esq.
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1) Court Again Punishes Dual Agents

We have previously stressed to real estate professionals, in our blog articles and in many of our speaking engagements, that dual agency is a very risky proposition for real estate brokers. The courts have consistently gone out of their way to find liability against…

2) Potential Pitfalls for Real Estate Agents Assisting in Home Improvement Projects

I was recently asked to speak at one of the local real estate associations about restrictions on real estate agents when assisting clients with repairs to property or preparing the property for sale.  It is a very interesting topic because it is a very common issue for real estate agents and has some potentially dangerous consequences.  Unfortunately,

Julia M. Wei, Esq.
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1) Real Estate Case Update: Dual Agents – Longer Liability Exposure

Bad Facts for the Licensee:

The buyers bought a house with substantial water damage.  The problem? The sellers had painted over the damaged areas with dark brown paint.  The bigger problem? The buyer’s agent was present and taking photos of the paint job.  The biggest problem? Nobody disclosed the water damage to the buyers and the agent did not give…

 

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