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Another Quirky Issue with Earnest Money!

Another Quirky Issue with Earnest Money!

The past few weeks I have talked about issues that have arisen with earnest money since the Commission's ruling on Earnest Money. While your brokerage may not be holding Earnest Money, your problems have not all gone away.  SC Code §40-57-136(B)(4) is the latest...

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Be Careful Disclosing What a CUSTOMER Tells You.

Be Careful Disclosing What a CUSTOMER Tells You.

The 2017 rewrite of the real estate law imposed a limited duty of confidentiality on the real estate agent when learning certain information from a customer. Are you violating this statute? Keywords: Limited duty of confidentiality, South Carolina Real Estate Code...

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Important Information on Mail-Away Closings.

Important Information on Mail-Away Closings.

During the summer months it is not unusual for one of the parties to not be able to attend closing. Often this is handled through a Power of Attorney. Many times, however, it is handled through a "mail-away" closing. Here is a short video on important information on...

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Who Comes to Closing with an I.D.?

Who Comes to Closing with an I.D.?

  You would be amazed how many people come to closing without a picture ID.  A closing attorney cannot cut your commission check without a picture ID from both the buyer and seller. Listen to this short video on tips to making sure your commission is not delayed...

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A Follow-Up to the Popular Wire Fraud Video.

A Follow-Up to the Popular Wire Fraud Video.

  I received a ton of comments and stories from other real estate agents who also have seen wire fraud attempts.  Wire fraud is a very prevalent matter. Watch this short video on more ways to protect yourself from becoming victim to wire fraud or being sued by someone...

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WHERE IS THE WORLD IS YOUR SELLER?

WHERE IS THE WORLD IS YOUR SELLER?

​ It seems like less and less Sellers can attend closing. We had this happen twice this week and luckily the closings were not delayed. However, disbursement was delayed for almost a week on one closing!  Watch this short video on how to avoid delays due to the Seller...

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SLOW DOWN BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!

SLOW DOWN BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!

For some reason our industry thinks speed is the answer to everything. How quickly can we close? That is as crazy as closing at the end of the month. Why do we continue to do this to ourselves?  And by the way, some lenders are now sending out emails to agents saying...

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