Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Dryer with Lint Detector - Safety Solution

ConsumerReports.org has an article called "Dryers get better at letting you know lint is blocking the vent", which discusses a technology that can prevent fires.

According to the article, lint is a "cause of an average of 4,400 reported dryer fires a year".

Technology that saves lives is here - check it out.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Last Minute Seats - Divorce Deals CE in Rockville Centre


Wednesday July 31st at 4:30pm in Rockville Centre


Divorce Deals: Selling the Marital Residence

Instructor(s): Andrew Lieb, Esq., MPH
Sponsor(s): Citibank
Credits: 3.0 CE Hours
Watch out! Here comes a headache, exposure to liability and impossible commissions. Ever work with divorcing spouses before? Then you know. Good luck getting them to agree on anything from sales price to showing dates while selling their homes or commercial properties? What happens when they start asking you to write letters about how their spouse is not cooperating on the deal? Ever get a call from their lawyers? How about when you get subpoenaed to appear and testify in their Contempt Hearing? What do you do? Where do your duties lie? What can you say and which documents can you provide?
A divorce can pull everyone and everything into its grasp. This course is designed to teach real estate agents how to navigate through all of the complexities of divorce deals from properly listing the property to procuring a purchaser and receiving commission in compliance with License Law.
Learn about the Domestic Relations Law’s concept of marital property. Prepare yourself to stay above the fray, make the deal, get paid and keep the divorcing clients responsive and cooperative along the way. Good luck. 

ADVANCED ONLINE ENROLLMENT REQUIRED. 

VISIT WWW.LIEBSCHOOL.COM FOR MORE INFO

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Agency Disclosure Forms

At last evening's continuing education course, Conflicts of Interest, I promised that I would post the Agency Disclosure Forms for Buyer and Seller in addition to Landlord and Tenant.

Remember - you can NEVER over disclose!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Corian Countertops that Charge your Phone - now, who wants granite?

Brought to you by DuPont, the future of housing is coming in countertops that charge.

As housing becomes more integrated into the internet of things, traditional materials will give way to those with higher functionality. In fact, companies such as Cisco see the internet of everything as the future of their business and worth billions in revenues.

So, before you replace that next countertop, think about its potential functionality beyond serving as a table top.

DuPont Corian Solid Surfaces Will Offer Wireless Charging Solutions for Smartphones and Tablets

Friday, July 19, 2013

Digital Shades - Go Green

At our continuing education course last evening I mentioned a terrific new product, not even yet on the market, by Sonte, called Sonte Film, which appeared on Kickstarter recently. This product makes smart film technology easy to install and operate, with the first ever wi-fi enabled digital shades, as demonstrated below. If you can control natural light, you can save on electricity. Enjoy...

Whether you want to enjoy your nice bath or massage with a view or you just want some alone time, the choice is yours at a touch.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

ERO Concrete Recycling Robots - So Green; So Cool

Tonight we teach our continuing education course, "To be Green or not to be Green: That is the question". In honor of the green real estate energy that I am feeling, let me share with you a terrific article about a really awesome robot. This robot will change the face of demolition by mitigating dust from traditional demolition techniques while recycling all of the rebar and concrete on-site.

Amazing ERO Concrete-Recycling Robot Can Erase Entire Buildings

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Lease Clauses - by Business Insider

Business Insider has an article called 11 Clauses to Beware The Next Time You Sign a Lease that I thought was better serving to the first time landlord rather than the first time tenant. You see, so often landlords call their attorneys and say how much do you charge for a lease and my firm's standard answer is; what do you want in it as leases range from $300 to thousands and thousands?

While we could spend 3 hours educating the client, than a lease will not be affordable to most weekend warriors. Instead, its best for a landlord to think about, in English, what they want the functional relationship with their tenant to be and then to see an attorney to make it enforceable and to provide additional suggestions.

I found this article to be a great start for first time landlords to think about their tenants' rights and responsibilities before they see their attorney.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mortgage Rules Readiness Guide - Get to know the new rules of lending

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau just published its 2013 CFPB Dodd-Frank Mortgage Rules readiness Guide.

This Guide should serve as the basis for banks' / financial institutions' internal compliance system. It includes information concerning the following topics:

  1. Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Standards (Regulation Z)
  2. Escrow Requirements under Truth in Lending Act (Regulation Z)
  3. High-Cost Mortgage and Homeownership Counseling (Regulation Z) (Regulation X)
  4. Mortgage Servicing Rules (RESPA) (Regulation X) (TILA) (Regulation Z)
  5. ECOA Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (Regulation B)
  6. TILA Appraisals for Higher-Priced Mortgage Loans (Regulation Z)
  7. Loan Originator Compensation Requirements (Regulation Z)
Get to know these rules as they all become effective in January of 2014. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

NYSAR's Advertising Under the New Regulations - Take the webinar

One of the finest real estate brokerage attorneys in our State, Anthony Gatto, Esq. of NYSAR, presents a free explanation on the new ad regulations that are effective January 2, 2014, which you can watch here.

Its a must watch for licensed real estate agents in New York State. Learn the new regulations by as many sources as possible as they will be enforced and you must be prepared and in compliance.