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2009 

Here is another example of a recent legal case involving mortgage fraud.  I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate professionals on important issues. A federal grand jury has indicted four defendants for their participation in a massive mortgage fraud scheme...
04/28/2009
Here is another example of a recent legal case, this time involving a criminal conviction of someone for interfering with the housing rights of a family.  Although most of my legal updates involve missteps by real estate professionals, I decided to post this because it involved a charge of inter...
04/28/2009
Here is another example of a recent case involving a real estate professional (and two others) who thought that she could make a few quick bucks by falsely inflating the purchase price of homes in an effort to defraud lending and financial institution out of millions of dollars.  As with all of ...
04/22/2009
Here is another example of a recent settlement of a Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”). I try to post case summaries in order to provide timely updates to real estate agents and brokers about the "dos and don'ts" under the Fair Housing Act, since ...
04/14/2009
Every real estate agent and broker should already know that the Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate in housing on the basis of sex (among other things).  What many real estate professionals do not realize, though, is that the Fair Housing Act's prohibition extends to sexual harass...
04/11/2009
As a real estate professionals, you need to be aware that there are "secret shoppers" scouting open houses and rental vacancies trying to catch real estate agents in a fair housing violation. Those "secret shoppers" are fair housing testers. Fair housing testing is an invaluable tool used in mea...
04/11/2009
Each year, Michigan real estate professionals make dozens of phone calls to the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth ("DLEG") requesting information about activities that an unlicensed individual may perform. In an effort to provide guidance and to help reduce a broker's exposure to pot...
04/06/2009
On February 4, 2009, four people were sentenced for their roles in schemes that fraudulently secured more than $2.6 million in mortgage loans in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Donald F. Green was sentenced to 36 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $1,282,514 ...
04/06/2009
Here is yet another example of a mortgage fraud scheme. On January 10, 2009, David Kostelec, a Kansas real estate agent, was sentenced to 154 months (that's 12.8 years) in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution for leading a scheme to fraudulently acquire $12 million in ho...
04/03/2009
As real estate professionals, we are often asked to help prospective home buyers find a mortgage broker to help them get financing in order to buy a home. We are also sometimes asked for recommendations when someone simply wants to refinance a current loan.  Because of this, we need to be aware ...
04/03/2009
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