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New Jersey Real Estate Broker Fraud

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NEW JERSEY REAL ESTATE BROKER CONSUMER FRAUD VIOLATIONS, NEW JERSEY REAL ESTATE AGENT CONSUMER FRAUD VIOLATIONS AND NEW JERSEY REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON CONSUMER FRAUD VIOLATIONS,
New Jersey real estate brokers, New Jersey real estate agents and New Jersey real estate salespersons are liable for New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violations.
• New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act’s application to New Jersey real estate is crucial to public, because for most New Jersey home buyers, the purchase of a New Jersey home is the greatest single purchase of their lifetime.
• A New Jersey real estate broker, New Jersey real estate agent or New Jersey real estate salesperson may be liable to a New Jersey home buyer for nondisclosure of a defect if it was known to the former yet not readily observable to the New Jersey real estate buyer.
• To prove such a New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act violation, buyer must show that: (1) the New Jersey real estate broker intentionally concealed the information about the defect; (2) with the intention that buyer would rely on the concealment; & (3) that the information was material to the transaction.
• Independent investigation of a New Jersey home or other type of New Jersey real estate by a New Jersey home buyer’s own New Jersey home inspector or of a New Jersey builder’s qualifications or representation of the New Jersey real estate buyer by a New Jersey attorney at closing shall not always foreclose a New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act claim.
• New Jersey real estate brokers, New Jersey real estate agents & New Jersey real estate salespeople have faced potential liability for affirmative misrepresentations or omissions even where the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act claimants conducted an independent investigation of some type or were represented by a New Jersey attorney at closing.

EXAMPLES OF NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT CASES INVOLVING NEW JERSEY REAL ESTATE BROKERS, NEW JERSEY REAL ESTATE AGENTS OR NEW JERSEY REAL ESTATE SALESPEOPLE
• A New Jersey real estate broker representing a New Jersey builder developer of New Jersey homes allegedly failing to disclose off-site physical conditions known to the New Jersey builder-developer and not readily observable by the New Jersey home buyer which affected the habitability, use, or enjoyment of the New Jersey property, thereby rendering the New Jersey property substantially less desirable or valuable to the objectively reasonable New Jersey home buyer.
• The New Jersey real estate agent of a New Jersey home developer was liable for the New Jersey developer’s affirmative misrepresentations to home purchasers where the New Jersey real estate agent never verified the information provided by the New Jersey developer and never established a procedure to confirm the veracity of its New Jersey real estate agent’s representations to prospective home purchasers.
• A New Jersey realtor’s describing an inexperienced New Jersey builder who had a history of shoddy workmanship as having built hundreds of homes and being one of the best New Jersey builders in New Jersey who was noted for his attention to detail and craftsmanship and misrepresenting the quality of the homes the New Jersey builder constructed.
• A New Jersey real estate agent for alleged failure to correct a statement by the New Jersey real estate seller that there had been no leaks or problems with the roof or ceiling when in fact prior roof repairs were performed to the New Jersey property.
• New Jersey real estate agent allegedly characterized real estate’s termite infestation as “minimal” while another New Jersey real estate agent described the house as “riddled” with termites and the first New Jersey real estate agent allegedly had knowledge of the second New Jersey real estate agent’s statement. The New Jersey home buyers hired their own New Jersey termite inspector but thereafter claimed that the first New Jersey real estate agent misrepresented the severity of a home’s termite problem.
• A New Jersey real estate broker’s alleged misrepresentation about the neighborhood in which a New Jersey house is located.
• In New Jersey Consumer Fraud lawsuit involving responsibility for repair of a dam that has a foundation resting, in part, on two New Jersey homes, responsibility for the dam became an issue in 2004, when the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) directed New Jersey Consumer Fraud plaintiffs and one of the New Jersey Consumer Fraud defendants to submit for its approval plans to remove or repair and maintain the dam. New Jersey Consumer Fraud plaintiffs brought a New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act claim against their New Jersey realtors, asserting that until DEP contacted them, they did not know the dam was on their property or that they had any responsibility for it. The New Jersey realtor unsuccessfully claimed that New Jersey Consumer Fraud plaintiffs were unable to “establish that the alleged misrepresentation was a proximate cause of their injury. Their theory is that New Jersey Consumer Fraud plaintiffs’ consultation with the New Jersey attorneys prior to closing is an intervening cause.”

WHAT REMEDIES ARE AVAILABLE TO NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT VICTIMS?
• Cancellation of fraudulent debts.
• Treble damages for ascertainable loss of money or property caused by the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Violation.
• Attorney’s fee award for prosecuting the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Violation or defending against lawsuits by contractors to collect a fraudulent debt.
• Refund of money lost due to the contractor’s New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act Violation.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CONSUMER FRAUD ACT DISPUTES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• represented consumers, home buyers, home sellers, New Jersey home repair customers, New Jersey home repair contractors, home inspectors, real estate brokers, real estate agents, junk yard dealers, automobile purchasers and owners, new and used car dealers, banks and automotive lenders, boat purchasers and owners, watercraft purchasers and owners and marinas in New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act disputes.
• appeared in court in cases involving New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act disputes.
• mediated, arbitrated and tried New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act cases.

DOES THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HAVE EXPERIENCE HANDLING NEW JERSEY CASES?
Yes. Paul DePetris has performed the following tasks:
• handled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey, from Bergen County New Jersey to Cumberland County New Jersey, including representations of individuals, small businesses and large corporations.
• settled New Jersey cases for plaintiffs and defendants across New Jersey.
• reviewed many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• enforced many New Jersey Court settlement agreements.
• provided New Jersey pro se plaintiffs and New Jersey pro se defendants with New Jersey Court legal advice and prepared New Jersey Court legal forms
• prepared and filed many New Jersey Court complaints
• tried New Jersey Court jury trials
• mediated many New Jersey cases
• argued New Jersey Court motions
• handled New Jersey Court proof hearings
• handled New Jersey Court post judgment collection proceedings

Mr. DePetris has appeared before the Superior Court of New Jersey in the following counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

IN WHAT NEW JERSEY COUNTIES WILL THE LAW OFFICE OF PAUL DEPETRIS HANDLE NEW JERSEY CASES?
The Law Office of Paul DePetris offers to handle and help individuals and businesses with New Jersey Court Claims cases in North, Central and Southern New Jersey, including cases in the following New Jersey counties:
• Atlantic County New Jersey Court
• Bergen County New Jersey Court
• Burlington County New Jersey Court
• Camden County New Jersey Court
• Cape May County New Jersey Court
• Cumberland County New Jersey Court
• Essex County New Jersey Court
• Gloucester County New Jersey Court
• Hudson County New Jersey Court
• Mercer County New Jersey Court
• Middlesex County New Jersey Court
• Monmouth County New Jersey Court
• Morris County New Jersey Court
• Ocean County New Jersey Court
• Passaic County New Jersey Court
• Salem County New Jersey Court
• Somerset County New Jersey Court
• Sussex County New Jersey Court
• Union County New Jersey Court
• Warren County New Jersey Court

WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO HANDLE MY NEW JERSEY CASE FROM BEGINNING TO END?
In many situations, the Law Office of Paul DePetris offers alternatives to handling New Jersey cases for an hourly fee, such as by offering to handle your New Jersey case up to trial for a fixed fee or to help you handle your New Jersey case by yourself. Such flexible methods may allow you to keep the amount legal fees you spend on your New Jersey case to a fixed sum, while providing you the help you need to handle your New Jersey case. For a no obligation phone consultation about what the Firm might be able to do for you, call Mr. DePetris at 609-714-2020 or send an email to Mr. DePetris.

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