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2008 

The following is an email that I received from my friend Carl Zanger.  He is very upset but thought you might like to hear another side of the story that you are not going to hear in the traditional media.  (forgive his language but it seems appropriate)   This is my opinion and mine only...if yo...
09/26/2008
Here's the story: An top agent with lots of assistants,  represented an out of town buyer.  Once in contract,  the unlicensed assistant took over the transaction.  She compiled all the disclosures and reports and sent them to the buyer.  Her cover sheet said something like: "Here are your disclos...
09/26/2008
Just had an agent comment on my prior blog:   AGENT BEWARE! She had attended a class where the instructor raised the same issue I had.  But,  his suggestions was for the agent to go to the govenmental agency and put together a package of permits for the buyer:  NO. NO & NO AGAIN. Several problems...
09/25/2008
In some of my recent blogs,  I discussed the idea of disclosures.  Forgive me for not being clear.  I have been surpised that so many agents commented that in their state the seller has to disclose.  This was not my point.  So, let me try again. There is a major difference between disclosure and ...
09/25/2008
On one of my previous posts, I warned that agents can't ignore the issues surrounding permits.  Since most of the houses in our market are 40 years old or so,  many of them have been remodeled......new roofs,  kitchens, baths, decks and patio covers, etc. Our California Associaiton effectively lo...
09/22/2008
I don't know how often I hear from agents that after making an offer,  they got back an addendum from the REO Asset manager.  NO, it is a counter offer.  Anytime,  the terms are changed,  before the parties are in contract,  we should be calling this a counter offer.  The problem is that too ofte...
09/17/2008
I don't know how often I hear from agents that after making an offer,  they got back an addendum from the REO Asset manager.  NO, it is a counter offer.  Anytime,  the terms are changed,  before the parties are in contract,  we should be calling this a counter offer.  The problem is that too ofte...
09/17/2008
I don't know how often I hear from agents that after making an offer,  they got back an addendum from the REO Asset manager.  NO, it is a counter offer.  Anytime,  the terms are changed,  before the parties are in contract,  we should be calling this a counter offer.  The problem is that too ofte...
09/17/2008
I am writing a book on how to keep from being ripped off by bad agents.  As I go through each potential problem,  I would like to give them a real life example of how to avoid the problem.  Some will be rather innocent like agents who buy listings by lying to the seller about the property value. ...
09/17/2008
I don't know why this is so confusing but after looking at hundreds of agents filed,  we tend to get this wrong a lot.  The Idea of agency disclosure was not to get a form signed.  The intent of the law was that agents would let buyers know and understand exactly who the agent was representing.  ...
09/17/2008
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Guy Berry is a frequent expert witness in real estate litigation and an accomplished trainer in real estate law and contracts. In addition he has been licensed for 30 years as an agent and managed large offices, including Coldwell Banker and Century 21.