Domestic Violence: Awareness Matters

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness month. The event was originally held as a “Day of Unity” for the first time in October 1981, with the goal of connecting advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. Soon after, it developed into an entire week of Read more about Domestic Violence: Awareness Matters[…]

BRRETA and Broker Liability to Clients

The Brokerage Relationships in Real Estate Transactions Act (“BRRETA”) is a consumer protection state statute that governs the relationship between real estate brokers and consumers of real estate brokerage services in Georgia in order to protect both brokers and consumers from issues that may arise from time-to-time regarding the relationship between the two.  BRRETA states Read more about BRRETA and Broker Liability to Clients[…]

Real Estate Agents: Are You Giving Your Clients Legal Advice? Here’s What You Should Know

Think about the following scenario: A newly married couple has excitedly embarked upon buying their first home and have hired a real estate agent to help them locate their new home.  The husband and wife’s respective parents have given them money for a large down payment.  The couple called a mortgage lender and have been Read more about Real Estate Agents: Are You Giving Your Clients Legal Advice? Here’s What You Should Know[…]

Kickbacks and the CFPB: How to Keep your Nose Clean as a Real Estate Agent

Depending on the circumstances, a combination of federal and state laws govern real estate transactions.  If a “federally related mortgage loan” is being taken out to acquire a property, federal law is triggered, specifically the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”). Section 2607(a) of RESPA states, “[n]o person shall give and no person shall accept Read more about Kickbacks and the CFPB: How to Keep your Nose Clean as a Real Estate Agent[…]