Lawsuits Illustrate New Legal Risks from Marketing by Text Message

June 13, 2019
Realogy Corp. and two brokerages in Florida are defending themselves against potentially costly allegations that, in the course of marketing homes, their agents sent text messages in a manner that broke federal law. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prohibits sending text messages using auto dialers without first getting consumer consent and giving the consumer…To read more — login/sign up


The Year in Brokerage Management

December 27, 2018
Every other week we post the summary of an article from Real Estate Broker’s Insider. Over the course of the year we’ve covered everything from agent recruitment to new business models to avoiding lawsuits. To wrap up the year, we’re highlighting five of our favorite posts. Timely and informative, they showcase some of the most creative…To read more — login/sign up


Realtor Exposes MLS Trickery — is Convicted of Extortion

November 15, 2018
November 15, 2018 — A Miami Realtor might have performed a public service when he blew the whistle on apparent manipulation of listing data by two prominent agents. He also committed a felony. In a saga that pulled back the curtain on both devious listing tactics and ill-conceived attempts at blackmail, agent Kevin Tomlinson noticed…To read more — login/sign up


Emphasis on Dual Agency Yields Lawsuit

October 4, 2018
A recent lawsuit in New York State raises a spotlight on dual agency, a practice that’s beloved by brokers and agents but oft-criticized by consumer advocates. The lawsuit says that Houlihan Lawrence represented both the buyer and seller in nine out of 10 of Houlihan Lawrence’s biggest home sales in Westchester County, a sales total…To read more — login/sign up


Broker Wins Suit to Enforce Non-Compete Agreement Against Former Agent

July 19, 2018
In a ruling that might pave the way for brokers to set tougher contracts with agents, a Florida judge sided with a broker who accused a former agent of violating a non-compete agreement. Shelly Gibson worked for five years as an agent at Signature Real Estate Cos. She handled sales and rentals at Kings Point…To read more — login/sign up


Recruiting Raid Leads to Long and Costly Legal Battle

July 5, 2018
It was the sort of recruiting raid that’s routine in the real estate industry: In March 2015, 11 agents and a manager from Douglas Elliman’s office in Armonk, NY, abruptly resigned. The agents defected to the William Raveis Real Estate office across the street. What happened next, however, was anything but ordinary. Douglas Elliman sued…To read more — login/sign up


Homeowner Sues Zillow Over “Sloppy” Value Estimate

July 14, 2017
Since 2006, Zillow has been posting "Zestimates" of property values for the world to see. And for just as long, homeowners and agents have griped about what they consider inaccurate estimates. Disgruntled seller Barbara Andersen went farther than just complaining. She filed a lawsuit against Zillow in May, seeking an injunction that would force Zillow…To read more — login/sign up