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Fair Housing Attorney - The Specialist You Need

Fair Housing Attorney - The Specialist You Need
Should I Consult A Fair Housing Attorney? If you had a specific medical problem, you would want a specialist in that field. It stands to reason then that if you have questions regarding The Fair Housing Act, you would want to reach out to a lawyer that specializes in this.  This article takes a look at when you should consult a fair housing attorney. How this may look will depend on the size of your company and most importantly the advantages of doing so. A Fair Housing Specialist is Irreplaceable Many companies fall into a false sense of security that they have had enough fair housing training that they do not need to consult an attorney when a problem arises. Or perhaps your company is looking for a way to cut costs and wants to avoid attorney fees.  The fact is that fair housing laws are ever-evolving. Along with that, consider the cost of just one fair housing complaint. Consulting a fair housing attorney is an unavoidable part of this industry but it serves as a protection.  Updating Fair Housing Company Policies Consider one scenario that should always be reviewed by an attorney:  updating your company’s fair housing policies. As stated above, fair housing laws are constantly changing and your policies will have to change with them. Your policies not only need to be internally reviewed annually, they also need to be reviewed by a fair housing attorney at least every three to five years.  Keep in mind that if any c......
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Irreconcilable Differences

It's a sad fact of life that 50% of marriages end in divorce. Combine that fact with these staggering statistics: 67% of second and 74% of third marriages end in divorce. What does this mean for the apartment industry? It means lots of single people looking for new homes. Rather than viewing this as capitalizing on someone else's misery, you should view it as saving the day. They need a home- often quickly. You provide homes and a community of people to support them in this new uncertain time of their lives. By making this big step easier on new divorcees and their children, you look like a super hero. In order to aide this group of transitioning people, you first have to find them, right? Make friends with local divorce attorneys- they can refer their clients to you. Partnering with them the same way you would a locator- they may not live at your community, but they could be rewarded for their referrals. Better yet, if you have attorneys that live onsite, have an honest conversation with them about the benefits of referring their clients. (Tip: understandably, they may not want to refer their clients to live right next to them, so consider offering them rewards for referrals to sister communities to give everyone a little more space.) Be sure to be consistent in your advertising with city employees- especially those in courthouses and the DMV (where people go to change their names). Explain that your intentions are to help......
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Foreclosures Stimulate the Housing Market

By Ken Kmet, Condo Voice, Clearwater, FL The level of lender foreclosures has increased in recent months, and that's created an economic stimulus to the housing industry, in traditional and non-traditional methods in the pre-sale and pre-rental market. This stimulus may not be apparent to the general public, because most of these activities involve services that are not sale-related. Let me break down the basics and provide an overview for you. The majority of banks have sold or given their mortgages to either Fannie Mae (FM1) or Freddie Mac (FM2), the U.S. government. You may not know who owns your mortgage. To check to see if Fannie Mae owns your mortgage, click here. To check to see if Freddie Mac owns your mortgage, click here. Based on my observations, FM1 and FM2 have taken inventory of their properties and begun foreclosing on those that have the least amount of losses first. It doesn't matter if the property is worth $20,000 or a million. The degree of foreclosure loss determines the order by which they foreclose or resume and finish previously started foreclosure processes. Another factor is the age of the previous foreclosure process. Realtors are now being hired by FM1 and FM2 to list these properties for sale and rent. But before they can do this, a lot has to happen. FM1 and FM2 hire “scouts,” people who visit inventory properties to observe them from a distance, and to establish the “state” of the property for the lender. Is it abandoned, is it m......
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