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If you read my blog a couple of posts back,  you will see an article.  Actually what it is,  is the first chapter in a book I am writing with the idea of helping the consumer to avoid getting ripped off by really bad agents. It is a protection book on buying and selling homes.  In my classes I te...
I am in the midst of writing a consumer protection book on buying and selling homes.  In my classes I teach at various colleges and my work as an expert witness in litigation cases,  it is amazing to me how little the public knows about how to find a good agent and the red flags that should alert...
  INTRODUCTION One of the co-author’s favorite movies is the Wizard of Oz and his favorite scene in the movie is when the characters arrive at the Emerald City and are ushered in for an audience with the Wizard.  The Wizard is this big scary head suspended in mid-air, surrounded by geysers of smo...
I recently heard in my office a discussion about open houses.  One agent mentioned that when he needed one,  he would call a top agent from another company who works the area and hold one open for him.  He's got so many,  the agent said, he can't hold them all open this weekend.  Another agent pi...
The other day and agent asked me what I thought of Buyer Broker Agreements.  He had recently lost a buyer to another agents and felt he needed to do something different.  I think he was a little shocked when I told him I would not use one. In California, we actually have three forms developed by ...
I think all of are facting this problem.  Buyers get all excited about a property,  make an offer and lose it.  Then they make another offer and with multiple offers,  lose that one too.  Then,  they finally get into contract,  only to have their agent tell them that (1) it might take 3-6 months ...
if you read my blog,  you know I deal with a lot of crazy deals which wind up in litigation,  with the agent getting sued.  So,  some have accused me of being skewed.  I guess to some extent,  that is true.  But,  another input I get is that for the last 15 years or so,  I have been active in my ...
As my prior post talked about,  agents are using the strategy of getting a Short Sale house in a multiple offer situation by offering more than the house will sell for.  I even saw one the other day that fell back on language I hadn't seen in years ....Price to be $1000 more than highest offer.  ...
Too often our industry has taken the righteous position about this financial crisis by blaming the banks and the mortgage industry.  Well, we have some real shenanigans going on right here in our real estate industry.  I expect that I will see more work as an expert witness in litigation cases in...


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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.