Short term rentals encounter new obstacle.

Short term rentals encounter new obstacle.

Any homeowner desiring to offer a short-term rental through services such as VRBO have been  obligated to comply with Las Vegas Municipal Code Section 6.75. The process involves three stages. First,…
Amnesty Programs for Building Code Violations

Amnesty Programs for Building Code Violations

For owners of property who have made changes which required building permits and inspections but get them, amnesty programs exist which allow retroactive compliance. The cities of Las Vegas and North Las…
Potential Pitfall for Real Estate Agents - Transfer on Death Deeds

Potential Pitfall for Real Estate Agents - Transfer on Death Deeds

Las Vegas Real Estate Attorney Lee A. Drizin explains the Transfer on Death Deed.
Dual Agency Dangers

Dual Agency Dangers

Real estate licensees have a duty of absolute fidelity to their client.  How then, can you not violate that duty when you serve as a dual agent?  Agents have been asking themselves this question for…
Is Violation of a Federal Law a Material Condition that must be disclosed?

Is Violation of a Federal Law a Material Condition that must be disclosed?

This was the question I posed to many real estate licensees recently when discussing whether they should inquire as to whether medicinal marijuana has been grown at a home they are being asked to list…
Fake Celebrity Endorsement May Result in a Slam Dunk in Lawsuit against Real Estate Agent

Fake Celebrity Endorsement May Result in a Slam Dunk in Lawsuit against Real Estate Agent

Retired basketball great Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit against a real estate agent who used his photograph as a celebrity endorsement. Photographer Sarah Brooke Lyons photographed Duncan for her 1005…
More Reefer Madness?

More Reefer Madness?

A licensee recently discovered that a tenant is legally growing marijuana at the premises and posed the following questions:  does the growing or cultivation cause harm to the property?  If a landlord…
“As-is” clauses in Residential Purchase Agreements

“As-is” clauses in Residential Purchase Agreements

     NRS 113 requires at least 10 days before the residential property is conveyed to a purchaser, the seller must complete the Sellers Real Property Disclosure Form.  Many buyers (and maybe even some…
Real Estate Agent Sued For Elder Abuse

Real Estate Agent Sued For Elder Abuse

Josephine Gantt, an 82-year-old woman who has resided in her home in Northeast Portland for approximately 47 years, recently filed a lawsuit alleging that “RE/MAX Equity Group and its agents began a…
Happy Presidents' Day!

Happy Presidents' Day!

Enjoy your holiday with a few interesting facts… Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal…
dentity Theft Tips from the Internal Revenue Service

Identity Theft Tips from the Internal Revenue Service

Since 2013, the efforts of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Internal Revenue Service has resulted in nearly 2000 criminal convictions for identity theft.  The IRS, the states and the tax industry…
Marriage and Property Ownership Insights from a Nevada Divorce Attorney

Marriage and Property Ownership Insights from a Nevada Divorce Attorney

How should your married client's title property? As a Nevada divorce attorney, I am always looking for ways to maximize my client's estates. When they divorce, they have to divide their assets in half.…
Latest NRED Disciplinary Action

Latest NRED Disciplinary Action

Property management seems to continue to be the most consistent violation. The June/July Open House Publication of the Nevada Real Estate Division identified eight (8) Licensees who were disciplined regarding…
Transferring Homes without Probate

Transferring Homes without Probate

Your client asks you if there is a way to title their home in a manner that will avoid probate.  Probate is the manner in which title to property (real and personal) is changed, through court action,…
FORM OR NO FORM: THAT IS THE QUESTION!

FORM OR NO FORM: THAT IS THE QUESTION!

A question has often been asked as to whether a licensee who does nothing more than referring a client to another licensee is required to execute a Duties Owed form. The Nevada Real Estate Division recently…
Agent and Broker included in $100 Million Discrimination Suit and Department of Justice Action

Agent and Broker included in $100 Million Discrimination Suit and Department of Justice Action

In January 2010, Chicago native and comedian George Willborn and his wife made a $1.7 million offer on the 5-bedroom home, which the Sellers accepted. However, the Sellers subsequently refused to sign…
OVERWORKED AND UNDERAPPRECIATED

OVERWORKED AND UNDERAPPRECIATED

Real estate agents are constantly on the go competing for clients, stressing over closings and trying to stay aware of the latest rules and regulations.  This is what I affectionately refer to as “The…
When HOA dues are not PAID?

When HOA dues are not PAID…?

I was recently contacted by a Las Vegas Real Estate Agent regarding a tenant they had placed on a property.  The agent stated that their tenant received a note on the door stating the owner had not paid…