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Comment Re:Next step... (Score 1) 154

b is cheap and to the point, Also it's easy to set up an appointment. call the local arb association and you can get 3 qualified to pick from. Court would be the next step, to collect.

Also, you have to look at it from my point... every seller wants more, every buyer wants it cheaper. both sides after 3 or 4 days get buyer's/seller's remorse. it's a fucking nightmare sometimes, I've seen fights break out at the closing table over 1 fucking key IE: it was a medco key, cost $25. and the seller wanted the buyer to pay for the second copy, and that's when I pulled out the listing contract and said " no, it's 2 main keys, you signed here remember ", and at the closing table is where people will try to screw you over ( both the seller and buyer ) that's why I never schedule both parties at the same time.

Also, do you want to take your client to public court, great reputation to have. No, Arb is always private and usually never even get's that far, good people realise the error and fix the problem.

Comment Re:Next step... (Score 1) 154

In the example of the sinkhole; if I did not disclose to the public that I know it ( which I did once he filled out the disclosure ) I'm guilty of fraud and maybe more. if the owner never disclosed it, and I went on to market the property and discovered ( a known problem that was not disclosed ) the sinkhole after and inspection, I can take the owner to arb and demand that he pay my marketing cost and/or cancel the listing.

that's why I don't do anything without a listing contract and a sellers disclosure.

Comment Re:Next step... (Score 1) 154

Yes, you are right. My contracts are give and take, not fixed.

>>Binding arbitration clauses remove the customer's right to file a lawsuit.

Yes, I work amazingly hard, I don't want to be wiped out due to some bullshit
lawsuit because the owners want an $ 11,000 magazine cover marketing spend
on a house that is worth 200K.

Seen it happen, and a realtor had to give up his 5000 in commissions as a settlement to end it.
Won't happen to me. I do less business than others, I try my best to give top quality service,
and don't want problems ever.

Comment Re:"safe and could withstand an earthquake" (Score 4, Insightful) 242

The building itself might be able to withstand an earthquake, but the ground it's built on might not. In SF, that'd be a concern - especially since the very fact that the building sinks indicates that the ground underneath might be of the type that loses its strength when shaken.

Comment Re:Next step... (Score 2) 154

disclosure : I am a licenced sales associate for real estate

I do not accept a listing contract ( contract to market and sell the property ) without the arbitration clause signed.

Why? it's amazingly simple. Sellers lie. Lie all the time.
by the time the seller's disclosure is fully filled out, the house is not the same house.

"we spent 100K on the kitchen", when I add up the totals it comes to 43K
"roof leak, never" ... well Michael we had it fixed 4 years ago ...

I had a guy cancel a contract when we did the disclosure, he expected me to not disclose the sinkhole
repair ( sinkhole drops land value by 30% automatically and home value by 8% ).

I am not going to get into a lawsuit because of your lies.

Comment Re:There's one reason you can't (Score 1) 154

>>>The Constitution vests the power to make law in the Congress. The courts don't have any right or power to strike down laws based on "I don't like it".

Wait Wait Wait. Unless I have forgotten my school house rock ....
Congress creates the law.
Judges will rule it's legality, if it's brought to court.

given enough time, the bad laws are fixed and good laws stay

Comment Re:Did they ban VPNs, TOR, etc? (Score 4, Insightful) 251

You think so eh?

Well, they don't need to ban TOR: companies like Google and CloudFlare already make sure you can't access vast swathes of the internet from a TOR exit node. The powers that be don't need to ban TOR because it's effectively been rendered useless by unaccountable privately-owned companies.

In short, these companies do the government's bidding and they're pretty happy to do it - which, incidentally, is a trait of Fascism.

Comment Re:Impossible (Score 1, Flamebait) 105

This makes no sense. If it were true how did Trump get elected?

Actually it makes total sense: the reason why there's an apparent drop in cases of dementia in the US is because the rest of the population is getting it. When Americans select a dangerous populist as POTUS, clearly they've started to forget the past and behave erratically. If that's not dementia, I don't know what is.

In other words, when the entire country is starting to go gaga, the real gagas go under the radar. Hence the drop.

Comment Re:Note to 5-0 (Score 1) 215

I only send encrypted files about my criminal activities to smart criminals. I don't send anything that could compromise me to Boss Hogg.

My point was, only dumb criminals get caught with readable shit on their cellphone. Those who are serious about doing illegal things know better - or don't use computers, cellphones or tablets in the first place. In fact, the more the man turns on the heat on digital stuff, the more smart criminals will stay the hell away from it, ultimately defeating the man's purpose.

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