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E-COMMERCE: BEWARE THE E-GIFT BEFORE YOUR E-GATES!

...most e-commerce in real estate as it is currently conducted is either illegal, unenforceable, or on such "fuzzy"' legal grounds as to be positively spooky! That's what I said! "Going global"--leaving your state of licensure and substantive law--which is precisely what you do in fact when you e-lectrify your real estate practice, carries with it both terrific market promises...and some truly awesome new legal challenges and ramifications. read more...


TAPS IN ROACH CITY

It's like cockroaches! Stomp on one and fifty more scurry about from crevices and crannies. read more...


THE NEWEST SPDS DISCLOSURE:

CHLOROPYRIFOS COMPOUNDS! read more...


INTEGRITY REVISITED

"If you don't heed the adverse circumstances piling up against you, you need not fear them." read more...


HOME INSPECTIONS QUANDARY

The mission of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors is to promote quality construction through a regulatory system designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. read more...


BUILDER BLARNEY

"...By golly, it's just going to be another one of those 'character building days' in real estate..." read more...


ARIZONA HOME CONSTRUCTION: 91 MILLION DAYS...AND COUNTING

As far as the anthropologists can figure, mankind has been building homes... for just a tad over 250,000 years. read more...


THRILLS AND SPILLS IN THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS: AND NOW IT'S THE ...FCC AFTER US?!

I don't think there is a Residential CC&R, A Subdivider's Declaration, a set of Homeowner's Association Rules or a Landlord's Regulation sheet that doesn't prohibit the homeowner or tenant from installing outside or visible telecommunication antennas, discs, dishes, reception systems, or related structures and wiring at his structure at least some how and in some way. I also don't think there is a law firm in town that doesn't put these "aesthetic" restrictions in when they draft these kind of documents, or a homeowner's architectural committee or a landlord that wouldn't order an offending homeowner or tenant to tear down an offending installation in a heartbeat after the discovery of it. read more...


REVIEW OF ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES FACT SHEET ISSUED BY ADHS, AUGUST 2001

In August 2001, the Arizona Department if Health Services published a "Fact Sheet" (the "fact sheet") which purported to entirely explain structural molds and how to deal with them. The fact sheet provides a lot of reasonable general information for a rudimentary understanding by the average homeowner. Unfortunately, is misleads them by suggesting that they have the knowledge, training and equipment to properly detect, evaluate and remediate a mold infestation and resultant damage. Molds seem generally to be explained and the threshold range of allergic responses are suggested, but the greater allergenic results of long-term exposure... read more...


Eckley Law FAQ's

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A HARDBALL PARRY FOR A HARDBALL THRUST:

Okay. So it's 4:30 p.m. on a Friday and you just learned that the seller is going to renege on what you consider to be an iron-clad Purchase Agreement and is going to sell to someone else this weekend. Visions of how to advise your thoroughly outraged buyer (who will likely blame you if this happens) and, without this really big commission, how to cope with your consequently defaulted alimony payments dance most unpleasantly in your head. Now what? read more...


THE GREAT INSPECTION GAP OF 2002: AND THE BAND PLAYED ON

Haven't we all at some time in our lives tried to dance with a new partner who seems to be cha-cha-ing to our fox trot? The embarrassment alone is often more memorable than the pain of stubbed toes and bruised shins. Yet if the partner is one just met at the local disco and never seen again, the embarrassment will often fade within hours. Great black ominous clouds loom for the parties, however, when the partner is one's new spouse and it's the wedding dance. read more...


THE LESSONS OF HISTORY AND THE PERILS OF DEJA VU: MODERN CHALLENGES TO OUR NATION, OUR INDUSTRY, OUR LIVES

...it's been a cacophony of horror since 911. Certainly not the kind of climate that would encourage anyone in their right mind to "rebuild" by taking what's left of their money from the safety of their mattress and putting it and their welfare defenselessly at risk in a sociopolitical "calm" that looks more and more like the eye of an economic hurricane. read more...


THE LOMBARDO CASE ROUND II: AND NOW IT'S AAR V. THE REAL ESTATE COMMISSIONER!

There is an ugly political fight shaping up lately in the Arizona professional real estate community and it is one that ought to be watched closely and understood thoroughly by the rest of us, since the side which is ultimately designated as "winner" or "loser" in this one is going to have a lot of influence upon how we ply our trade for the next decade or beyond. read more...


MOLDS, MYCOTOXINS, AND PUBLIC HEALTH

There are two hundred thousand different molds and fungi. They have been present on this planet for 3 billion years, and certainly, many of us love our blue cheese. Most molds are quite harmless, aside from their tendency to induce allergies in those of us who are prone to develop allergies in the first place. read more...


ON CAPTURING THE BANDITOS: A SHORT EXPOSE' OF AN ARIZONA PROTECTION RACKET IN THE CONSTRUCTION TRADES…. AND WHO TO HANG FOR IT AND HOW!

...(it)can be heard from just about every drafter or “planner” concocting residential construction plans in Arizona when asked to prove that they are, indeed, the architect or engineer they purport to be. They not only have no such scholastic attainment, but, in Arizona, they don’t even have to have a license or registration (let alone talent!) to dictate every engineering and construction aspect as to how your home will be built! That’s what I said. The fact is, under Arizona law, dominated and dumbed-down as few others in this country by an anti-consumer construction lobby and it’s well-greased legislative lackeys, anyone—a child, and illiterate, a felon, a crazy person or someone “who took some drafting in high school!”—can legally design and engineer your home. And if was built after the 70’s, one probably did. read more...


STRUCTURAL MOLD CONTAMINATION ISSUES REVISITED: THE WAR THAT WENT

The Great Arizona Mold and Mildew Battle continues to rage! As the dark forces of fungus amass at the borders of our homes, schools and businesses, menacing our families, our investments and ourselves, the public forces arrayed for our protection have leaped into action, mobilized huge bureaucratic armies, cranked up powerful and heretofore unknown technologies and assembled into formation an imposing lobby of armament. read more...


AN EXPOSE: THE GHOST OF LAMAR JASPER

It's the damndest, most unsavory secret in the country, but I think it's time to stop the nay-saying and get down to the brass tacks. No, it's not Bush's questionable military service or Kerry's uncolorful anti-war protesting. It's not even Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan's remarkable recent proposal that the nation "save money" by turning the clocks back to 1933 and "wind down Social Security," just as the major depositors to it--the Boomers--are cuing up to draw on their trillion-dollar deposits. read more...