Florida attorney general issues opinion to Realtors(R) on the Foreclosure Fraud law FS 501.1377

Real Estate Agent with Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc. BK627826

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum issued an official opinion to the Florida Association of Realtors(R) last week regarding the Foreclosure Fraud law a/k/a FS 501.1377.


Basically what it boils down to is that real estate brokers and associates who are listing properties, negotiating short sales with lenders, and getting paid a commission at closing are fine as far as the AG is concerned.  Of course a court might just rule differently but hopefully not. 

You can read the specifics about the Attorney General's opinion on the FAR website.  So far a copy of this memo has not been published online anywhere that I could find.

If you are a Realtor(R) and trying to be creative by using land trusts, getting the deed, or getting paid upfront mitigation fees, you might be asking for trouble.  But if you are just doing a normal boring real estate transaction for a short sale you should be good to go.  If you are working the foreclosure market in Florida, you should definitely get to know the details on this new foreclosure law.


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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Rob, That is far better than what happened in Washington State. Our legislature jumped in and caused all sorts of havoc. Our buyer agency law is now obsolete as My buyer and I are responsible to see that the seller gets the best deal possible for their property. Our AG wasn't consulted when the law was passed and has been waiting for the past 6 months for the legislature to reconvene to fix the law...

Nov 13, 2008 05:42 AM #1
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