Tag Archives: Real Estate Agents

Fraud & Misrepresentation Property Inspections Real Estate Agents

Can a Buyer Sue a Sellers Real Estate Agent?

This past month, I experienced wonderful changes in my life which drew me temporarily away from my passion for blogging about property rights. On May 1st, I started my own solo law practice, Cowherd PLC. The new law firm continues my professional focus on the types of legal matters discussed in “Words of Conveyance.” On […]

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Foreclosures Real Estate Agents

Buying a Home Through Realtors Versus Foreclosure Sales

Recently a friend shared with me her interest in purchasing a home at a foreclosure auction. Many buyers look to foreclosures in the hope of finding a bargain. Foreclosure sales occur year-round. On the other hand, “conventional” sales through realtors follow a seasonal pattern. When the ice and snow melt and winter winds retreat northward, […]

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Property Inspections Real Estate Agents

Accepting a New Contract During an Earnest Money Deposit Dispute

On July 31, 2014, I posted about a recent Fairfax Circuit Court opinion concerning Earnest Money Deposits (“EMD’s”). The seller, Sagatov Builders, LLC, sued buyer Christian Hunt. Mr. Hunt had entered into a contract and later failed to make the EMD or complete closing. The Court refused to allow the seller to sue the buyer […]

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Landlord-Tenant Real Estate Agents

Unlicensed Real Estate Agent Costs Brokerage $6.6 Million Commission

What tasks can real estate brokerages assign to employees lacking a real estate license? What risks does a brokerage run from allowing unlicensed agents to manage relationships with clients and other parties to the transaction? On April 4, 2014, Judge Anthony Trenga decided that a prominent commercial broker forfeited a $6.6 million dollar commission because […]

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Law & Film

Reel Property: Hitchcock’s Skin Game

A working-class family is wrongfully evicted from their rental homes and may lose their jobs. A neighboring landowner and his shrewd agent try to stop the sharp-dealing landlord from destroying property values with industrial air pollution. Can they successfully escalate conflict without unintended fallout? This is the subject of Alfred Hitchcock’s  early film, “The Skin Game” […]

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