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How Much Does Real Estate Arbitration Cost?

As the saying goes, good fences make good neighbors. But what happens when you need a little more? 

Some real estate disputes require third party intermediaries to reach resolution. This can transpire through a simple mediator, or through a more adversarial approach, such as arbitration or litigation. But what is arbitration? And how much does it cost?

South Lake Tahoe Homeowners Sue to Block Rental Restrictions

What exactly are your constitutional rights when it comes to renting out your home? That's a key question in the tourist city of South Lake Tahoe, California, where a controversial vacation rental law was passed in the recent November election, by just 54 votes. Certain aspects of the law went into affect at the start of the key Holiday Break ski season, but a judge took just minutes to issue a temporary injunction, granting a small reprieve during the holiday season.

Can You Sue a Homeowner's Association for 'War on Christmas'?

Jeremy and Kristi Morris of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho won a jury verdict for $75,000 after successfully suing their West Hayden States First Addition Homeowners Association (HOA) for waging a "War On Christmas." The couple successfully claimed that the HOA's restriction against the couple's annual front lawn five-day-long Christmas pageant extravaganza had little to do with nuisance laws, but instead was a violation of the Morris family's constitutional right to exercise their religious beliefs.

Can Tenants Be Evicted for Domestic Violence?

Every year, over 10 million cases of domestic violence are reported, with three-quarters of those incidences happening in the home. Given the high volume of rental properties in America, it is inevitable that, at some point, most landlords and tenants are touched by domestic violence.

Landlords may try to intervene in a domestic violence situation for a variety of reasons, some laudatory and some self-serving. Sometimes this is legal, but in other situations, there may be federal, state and local laws prohibiting such an eviction. It may get complicated, both on the landlord and the tenant side, and this may be one of those cases where it's best to hire an attorney.

5 Common Real Estate Myths, Debunked

Armchair experts come in every field: NFL Quarterbacks, NBA coaches, MLB umps, political pundits, and real estate agents. Just because you own a home, are addicted to DIY shows, or frequent open houses for style tips, doesn't necessarily mean you are a real estate expert. Here are five common real estate myths, debunked.

Major San Francisco Landlord Sued for Driving Out Rent-Controlled Tenants

Veritas Investments, the largest residential landlord in San Francisco with more than 200 buildings and 5,500 apartments, is being sued yet again for trying to drive out rent-controlled tenants. This lawsuit, which represents 68 plantiffs, is the fourth filed by tenant's rights attorneys Ryan Vlasak and Ken Greenstein, against the same defendant for the same cause of action. In total, these attorneys represent more than 100 tenants in suits against Veritas.

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibits refusing to sell, rent to, or even negotiate with any person because of that person's race, color, religion, sex, familial status, handicap, or national origin. But do those protections against national origin discrimination extend to foreign citizenship? And does a mobile home park's policy of requiring residents to prove they're legal U.S. residents violate the Act?

A recent lawsuit may answer those questions.

Buying a house is not something you'd take lightly. And when you find the perfect home, you want to keep it. But this is life, and things happen. So, if you've agreed to buy a house and change your mind, can you back out? And is there a time limit on your ability to get out of buying a home?

The answer could depend on just how far into the home-buying process you are before you want to reverse course.

Is a Text Message Legally Binding With a Landlord?

The short answer is, it depends. There are times that texting can be legally binding, and times that it cannot.

Tips to Spot a Real Estate Scam

It's a landlord's market these days, with renters scrambling in many cities to find a rental home or apartment that fits their needs and budgets. Demand far outstrips supply in large cities by a ratio of ten to one. If you find something that seems to good to be true, it probably is.

Scam artists are taking advantage of desperate renters with all sorts of intricate schemes. Almost half of today's renters have found fake ads, and over five million have been scammed, often losing thousands of dollars. Look before you leap, or write that check, or wire that deposit money. You don't want to be another notch in this growing statistic.