• Avoiding Foreclosure: Options to Pursue With Your Lender

    Posted on September 16, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    Homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure have many options to avoid foreclosure and ultimately protect their credit status. There are several avenues to explore before foreclosing on your home: you can work out an agreement with your lender, seek government assistance, or file for bankruptcy. One of the key steps in preventing foreclosure is […]

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  • Building Fences to Block Neighbors

    Posted on September 15, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    Disputes between neighbors commonly occur over property lines, maintenance, encroachment and other issues. In some instances, small disputes transform into larger conflicts and one party might attempt to build a barrier to keep out his neighbor. The legality of building such fences is often dictated by state law or the rules of the community in […]

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  • Understanding Your Homeowners Insurance Policy

    Posted on September 14, 2017 by admin in Property Owners.

    When you purchase a home, mortgage lenders typically require some type of minimum insurance coverage in order to issue the loan. While you are not legally required to purchase homeowner’s insurance, most homeowners purchase some type of policy and many opt for broad coverage. Because many policies are long and technical, it is important to […]

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  • Steps You Should Take When a Neighbor Starts Using Your Property

    Posted on September 13, 2017 by admin in Property Owners.

    When a neighbor encroaches on your property, it is important to respond promptly, even if the encroachment is relatively insignificant. Any type of interference on your property can pose problems in the future when you want to sell your home to another party. Once you are certain of the proper boundary lines, there are a […]

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  • When to Create a Repair Escrow

    Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Transactions.

    When a seller agrees to make repairs prior to the closing of a home purchase, it is important that the buyer document the arrangement made between the parties. The buyer can request that the parties enter into a repair escrow. A repair escrow functions in much the same manner as a typical escrow agreement by […]

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  • The Importance of Recording Your Deed

    Posted on September 11, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Transactions.

    One of the most important documents at your real estate closing is the deed. The deed allows for the transfer of ownership and is evidence that you have the legal right to the property after the transaction has closed. The deed filing provides a public record that the chain of title has been changed. In […]

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  • What to Expect at Your Real Estate Closing

    Posted on September 10, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    For first time buyers and sellers, knowing what to expect during the closing of a real estate purchase can be beneficial in ensuring a smooth and thorough process. The most important aspect of the closing is ensuring that all the necessary documents have been drafted, signed and reviewed. Below is a summary of the documents […]

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  • Should You Always Hire a Real Estate Agent When Purchasing a Home?

    Posted on September 9, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Transactions.

    One of the first questions you might ask when you begin looking for a new home is whether you should hire a real estate agent. Indeed, agents earn commissions and these fees can be passed on to you either directly or indirectly. However, as discussed below, hiring a real estate agent can provide substantial benefits […]

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  • Addressing Defects in New Home Construction

    Posted on September 8, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    After you have purchased a newly constructed home, you may be surprised to discover various defects once you move into the home.  If repairs are necessary or other items are not completed, you will likely refer to the warranty issued by the builder to determine whether these defects are covered thereunder. It is important to […]

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  • Can an HOA Add New Rules?

    Posted on September 7, 2017 by admin in HOA.

    Existing or prospective members of homeowner’s associations (HOA) may wonder whether an HOA is permitted to add new rules at its discretion and what process it must use to inform members of rule modifications. In some cases, these rules impact an existing member’s lifestyle or may influence whether a potential member eventually purchases property in […]

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