Sometimes, relationships between real estate agents, brokers, and clients fall apart. These breakups can lead to public disputes and litigation. At The Enochs Law Group, we represent both industry professionals and their former clients to resolve real estate agent and broker disputes.
While we primarily focus on broker and agent defense, we also handle claims against unscrupulous and dishonest brokers. To learn more about your legal rights, contact our office and schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.
Common Causes of Real Estate Agent and Broker Disputes
Unwelcome surprises are the most common reasons for an agent or broker dispute. Former clients may argue they suffered harm because their agent or broker:
- Did not adequately disclose defects or problems with a property
- Failed to represent their best interests
- Misstated the terms or risks associated with a real estate transaction
Sometimes, agents and brokers make mistakes and misrepresentations. Other times, a client walks away dissatisfied even though the agent or broker did their best. At The Enochs Law Group, it’s our job to sift through the evidence, find possible solutions, and advocate for our clients.
Many disgruntled real estate buyers and their attorneys take a scattershot approach to litigation. They file claims against anyone associated with a real estate transaction, which leads to meritless claims and chaos. These disputes quickly get out of hand as parties turn on each other and try to shift blame.
Don’t fall into this trap. When you work with The Enochs Law Group, our experienced legal team will cut through the noise and identify practical solutions that protect your interests.
Aggressive Legal Representation Before the DRE
If you’re the subject of a Department of Real Estate (DRE) complaint or investigation, you may have questions about the process and your rights. Our team guides brokers, agents, and others through sensitive investigations, informal conferences, and enforcement actions.
A formal accusation can impact your livelihood, and the DRE will work with its own team of lawyers and investigators throughout the process. To protect yourself, you need an experienced defense lawyer who can prove that the complaint’s allegations are unsubstantiated and inaccurate.
Building Systems for Brokers and Agents to Minimize Client Surprise and Disputes
While some disputes can’t be avoided, real estate agents and brokers can implement best practices to reduce the risk of conflicts. At The Enochs Law Group, we frequently audit clients’ policies and procedures to look for potential issues that could lead to litigation. Once we’ve conducted the audit, we suggest improvements and refined policies that can help protect your interests and provide effective defenses during a lawsuit.
To learn more about the essentials of broker and agent recordkeeping, contact The Enochs Law Group today.
We Build Relationships on Trust and Respect
About 4 years ago a friend referred me to Alan Enoch’s for legal advice on a business matter. Alan immediately proved how valuable he would be to my business through his well thought out responses and knowledge of the law. Since that first meeting, Alan has been representing me personally, as well as 4 businesses I own. He continues to work tirelessly to ensure my entities are protected. My company interviewed many lawyers in the past before the introduction to Alan. I will put it very simply what sets Alan apart from all the others; He cares. He genuinely cares about his clients and wants the best for them. He will review each potential issue in depth to gain the knowledge to provide honest advice as to whether it is worth pursuing or not.
My advice to anyone that is looking at hiring Alan…. do it before your competition does. I want Alan on my side of the courtroom, not on the side that’s against me.
"I want to thank you for all the hard work that you've done for our company over the years. We've had small matters that were handled very quickly. We've also had large matters that needed very aggressive representation and you've represented us in a stellar manner. If you're looking for a truly aggressive law firm, someone who is going to look at your case in a thorough manner and is going to be very strategic in both the short term and long term, please call Alan Enochs."
Demanding Justice and Getting Closure for Real Estate Clients
Most real estate agents and brokers are honest, law-abiding people who strive to deliver the best results for their clients. However, there are always agents and brokers who don’t follow the rules, and San Diego businesses and homeowners who work with these agents and brokers can suffer harm. When the worst happens, the real estate lawyers at The Enochs Law Group work to help innocent people pick up the pieces.
Your Agent or Broker Owes You a Fiduciary Duty
Real estate agents and brokers owe their clients a series of critically important fiduciary duties. These duties include:
- Confidentiality: The agent or broker cannot intentionally weaken their clients’ bargaining position unless the reason involves a material disclosure like a property defect.
- Disclosure of relevant information: The agent or broker must provide their client will all pertinent information (for example, if they represented both parties to a transaction).
- Loyalty: The agent or broker must prioritize their clients’ best interests over their personal goals.
- Obedience: The agent or broker must promptly follow their clients’ demands as long as they are lawful.
- Reasonable care: The agent or broker’s conduct must reflect what a reasonably prudent agent or broker would do under the circumstances.
- Accounting: The agent or broker must safeguard their clients’ funds and provide detailed accounting for any funds allocated.
When irresponsible professionals ignore these obligations, their clients have legal options to recover compensation for the harms suffered. However, you only have a limited amount of time to file your claims. To protect your interests, you should speak with an experienced San Diego real estate lawyer as quickly as possible. Some claims have a remarkably short one-year statute of limitations.
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