Welcome to the Legal Section of C.A.R. Online, where REALTORS® legal needs are met with the latest information and legal updates. Look below for the latest legal news during the last two weeks. You'll see Regulatory News, new Realegals®, and What's Hot announcements.
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May 22, 2015 (revised) Legal Article: California's Uniform Electronic Transactions Act ("UETA") (Civil Code Sections 1633.1 et seq.) and the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act ("E-Sign") (15 USC Sections 7001 et seq.) authorize the use of electronic signatures and records in real estate transactions. Until now, the primary stumbling block to electronic transactions has been security and authentication issues. Those issues have found a solution in part through companies offering security and authentication features for electronic signatures and records delivered as part of real estate transactions. zipForm® 6 and relay® now contain an electronic signature feature, allowing C.A.R. members the opportunity to incorporate electronic signatures in their real estate transactions.»
May 11, 2015 What's New: A federal court has temporarily halted Los Angeles-based Wealth Educators, Inc. and its president from offering mortgage relief services at the Federal Trade Commission’s request. The agency charged the defendants with failing to provide the help they promised homeowners, while charging a hefty up-front fee. The company also told consumers to stop making their monthly mortgage payments, leading some facing the prospect of foreclosure.
May 11, 2015 What's New: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit in federal district court against Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc., Loan Payment Administration LLC, and the companies’ owner, Daniel Lipsky, alleging that Nationwide misrepresents the interest savings consumers will achieve through a biweekly mortgage payment program and misleads consumers about the cost of the program.
May 8, 2015 What's New: Poppi Metaxas, former president and chief executive officer of TARP applicant Gateway Bank, FSB (Gateway) pleaded guilty on April 30, 2015, to conspiracy to commit bank fraud for her role in defrauding the bank of more than $1.8 million in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
May 8, 2015 What's New: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against RMK Financial Corporation for deceptive mortgage advertising practices, including ads that led consumers to believe that the company was affiliated with the U.S. government.
May 8, 2015 What's New: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took action against Green Tree Servicing, LLC, for mistreating mortgage borrowers who were trying to save their homes from foreclosure.
May 8, 2015 What's New: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Maryland Attorney General took action against the participants in a mortgage-kickback scheme. In a complaint filed in federal court, the CFPB and Maryland allege that the Maryland-based title company’s executives and the named loan officers traded cash and marketing services in exchange for mortgage referrals.
May 1, 2015 (revised) Legal Article: Beginning February 2014, a new energy use disclosure must be provided for the sale, lease or financing of certain types of commercial buildings. The law requires that this disclosure must be delivered prior to entering into contract. This new Q&A breaks down the complexity of this law and provides clear and straightforward guidance on how to comply with it.
Apr. 28, 2015 (revised) Legal Article: The C.A.R. Model MLS Rules (“the MLS Rules”) require a broker participant to submit new listings within the MLS service area into the MLS within 2 days after all necessary signatures of the seller(s) have been obtained or at the beginning date specified in the listing agreement, whichever is later . The MLS Rules, however, allow an exception to mandatory submission if the seller has instructed the listing broker to keep the listing off the MLS. In that case the listing agent will have to submit to the MLS a form signed by the seller (such as C.A.R. form SELM or a similarly required MLS form) indicating the seller's refusal to permit the listing to be disseminated by the MLS.
Apr. 27, 2015 (revised) Legal Article:Improving water and energy efficiency and adding renewable energy features (conservation improvements) to a home are goals of many California homeowners to both reduce utility bills and help the environment. Solar panels and energy efficient furnaces are examples of the types of conservation improvements many homeowners make which can serve both goals.
This Q&A will look at two common ways for homeowners to install conservation improvements: PACE financing for residential one to four units and solar leases. The Q&A will also specifically address the financing and transactional issues that arise from a homeowner’s use of these programs.
Apr. 8, 2015 Legal Article: Beginning August 1, 2015, the Good Faith Estimate (GFE), the HUD-1 and the Truth-in- Lending Act (TILA) disclosures will be replaced in most transactions by two new forms – the Loan Estimate and the Closing Disclosure.
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