Real Estate Ethical Issues

Lorman

This topic will prepare real estate attorneys to meet their ethical obligations in the modern world. What are the ethical boundaries for a real estate attorney in negotiating a transaction? What steps should be taken to safeguard our client's information in our ever more security and privacy conscious world? How can a real estate attorney effectively provide counsel to a budding marijuana industry client? We will explore these topics and dissect the effects of technology on our obligations to practice law ethically. After this information, attorneys should feel well equipped to continue ethically practicing where real estate and the law intersect.
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Rob Schabatka, owner of RE/MAX Sedona, shares Sedona Real Estate Market information with us on this update for his newsletter. To receive this update monthly please visit http://SedonaProperty.net and enter your email for the newsletter. As always, if you have any Sedona real estate.

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California Landlord Law Basics

Brewer Offord & Pedersen LLP

The Law Offices of Peter N. Brewer, a real estate and lending law firm located in the heart of Silicon Valley, recently produced a free webinar covering important legal issues that California landlords needs to know. Discussing deposits, leases, and habitability considerations, attorney Ashlee D. Adkins and Henry Chuang provided critical information for owners, REALTORS®, and investors alike who are considering residential rental properties as a source of additional investment.
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Corporate Real Estate: Space Utilization and Workplace Sensors, Analytics and AI (Part II)

The challenges facing corporate occupiers have been magnified by the tectonic shift to WFH. So many organizations are still uncertain as to how they’ll manage the complexities of the return to the workplace and how it will impact the organization - from physical space requirements to enhancing productivity to ensuring that occupants are safe, healthy and are actually motivated to return to an office workplace environment. In this series, we explore the technologies required to facilitate and maintain these critical corporate real estate processes. With COVID-19 impacting office density and traffic patterns, building owners and operators are paying close attention to workplace occupancy data analytics from sensors. This session reviews tools and strategies for a data-driven, flexible hybrid workplace design.
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Advising HOA Boards After Surfside: Inspection, Review, Maintenance and Repairs

The aftermath of the Surfside condominium collapse is one of the most unspeakable tragedies in condominium history. As investigators continue to search for the cause or causes of the collapse, it is natural to search for solutions on how future building collapses or other disasters can be prevented. It is unlikely that there will be a "single" identifiable cause of the condominium collapse. Rather, the collapse was likely caused by a multitude of factors. Counsel for HOAs should consider reviewing policies and actions of the condominium association's board of directors. Most states provide various protections for volunteer directors of a nonprofit corporation and only require that a director must discharge their duties in good faith, with the care of an ordinarily prudent person, and in a manner that they believe is in the best interests of the corporation. Directors should ensure that their articles of incorporation and condominium bylaws are updated so volunteer directors are appropriately protected from liability. Similarly, volunteer board members should consult with insurance agents to ensure that appropriate directors' and officers' insurance is in place. Boards will want to examine inspection and engineering reports and communicate those findings to co-owners to determine the advisability of proceeding with repairs. Counsel should advise condominium board members to act on the advice that is received. Boards need to budget properly and realize that sometimes difficult choices need to be made, which may involve assessment increases that will not be popular with co-owners. Some condominium documents require the condominium association to perform an annual inspection of the major common elements. While hiring professionals to perform inspections costs money, amending your condominium bylaws to require mandatory inspections may not be a bad idea. Similarly, while reserve studies are a best practice, there is nothing preventing a condominium association from amending their condominium bylaws to require that reserve studies or structural engineering inspections be performed on a regular basis. While condominium and homeowner association acts may not impose minimum insurance requirements, boards should consider reviewing coverage and increasing limits based on current risks. Listen as our expert panel discusses best practices when advising boards on repairs, inspections, and engineering recommendations for condominiums in order to avoid future disasters.
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Real Wealth 101: The Essentials of Real Estate Investing

RealWealth Network

Hosted by two of our knowledgable and experienced Investment Counselors, you’ll learn: - How To Find The Best Strategy & Market for YOU - Top Tips for New Investors - Steps To Start Building Your Portfolio
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Rob Schabatka, owner of RE/MAX Sedona, shares Sedona Real Estate Market information with us on this update for his newsletter. To receive this update monthly please visit http://SedonaProperty.net and enter your email for the newsletter. As always, if you have any Sedona real estate.

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