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California home sellers who sold a home in recent years might qualify to get cash back. It depends on whether a seller qualifies as a class member under the Property I.D. Natural Hazard Disclosure Report class-action settlement. A class-action lawsuit was filed against Property I.D. and a handful of California real estate brokerages, claiming brokerages violated the federal Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and California's Unfair Competition Law by receiving kickbacks for referring business to Property I.D. Some brokerages believed they could get around RESPA by forming joint ventures with Property I.D. The lawsuit stems partially from the fact this relationship was not disclosed to the sellers who paid for the NHD reports.
The defendants denied the charges. Although the Court did not reach a verdict, all parties decided to agree to a settlement.
If you were a home seller in California, you may participate in the settlement if you sold a home through RE/MAX (August 23, 2000 through February 28, 2003); Century 21 (July 31, 1996 through June 30, 2006); or ERA Real Estate (July 31, 1996 through June 30, 2006) -- and in southern California only: Coldwell Banker (July 31, 1996 through June 30, 2006) or Prudential California Realty owned by Pickford Realty (July 14, 2000 through August 16, 2005). The home must have been your principal place of residence or vacation home. Rentals, commercial, vacant land or agricultural over 25 acres does not qualify. The home must have been purchased by a buyer who financed the transaction by taking out a mortgage.
You need to fill out a NHD Report Settlement Claim Form to participate in the class-action settlement. Payments will vary between $99 or $114 and depend on how many people submit the claim forms. There are several settlement classes, depending on which brokerage the seller hired.
The case, Berger v. Property I.D. Corp., will be heard on January 26, 2009 at 9:30 AM, at which time the Court will consider disbursement. For more information, go to Natural Hazard Report Settlement web site.
The Short Sale, by Elizabeth Weintraub, is coming from Archer Ellison, January 2009.
Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying columnist for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a Land Park real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 35 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. DRE License # 00697006.
Lyon Real Estate is not associated with the government, and our service is not approved by the government or your lender. Even if you accept this offer and use our service, your lender may not agree to change your loan. Photo: Unless otherwise noted in this blog, the photo is copyrighted by Big Stock Photo and used with permission.The views expressed herein are Weintraub's personal views and do not reflect the views of Lyon Real Estate. Disclaimer: If this post contains a listing, information is deemed reliable as of the date it was written. After that date, the listing may be sold, listed by another brokerage, canceled, pending or taken temporarily off the market, and the price could change without notice. It could blow up, explode or vanish. To find out the present status of any listing, please go to elizabethweintraub.com.
Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate, midtown Sacramento. Selling since 1974. Home Buying Guide at About.com. Sacramento short sale agent.
Author Bio: Elizabeth Weintraub is a Sacramento real estate broker, author, home buying guide for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a Land Park agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully closes short sales throughout Sacramento four-county area. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 35 years of real estate experience to work for you.
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