Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life. So before you jump in, you should know a little bit about how real estate transactions are conducted in Georgia. Here are just 3 things you should know about Georgia’s rules when it comes to real estate closings. Georgia […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Know About Real Estate Closings in Georgia
This Christmas, the last thing you want to be doing is fighting with your homeowner’s association (“HOA”). But like other things in life, s–tuff happens. And when it does, you need to know the best way to handle it. So if you are in a conflict with your HOA, here are two things for you […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on If You Made Your HOA’s “Naughty List,” Here Are Some Tactics For Dealing with the Conflict
Homeowners who are frustrated with the rule-making and enforcement authority of their Homeowners’ Association (“HOA”) can often feel as if the HOA has unbridled authority. While this is not true, an HOA does have some pretty impressive powers. But is foreclosing on your condominium, townhouse, or home when you are not behind in your mortgage […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Can an HOA Foreclose if You Are Current In Your Mortgage Payments?
One area of communal living that can get pretty touchy is parking. The question often comes up as to the authority of a homeowner’s association (“HOA”) to issue tickets and tow vehicles. Here are a few things you need to know about HOAs and the power to regulate parking. HOA Parking Rules. Most HOAs have […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on No Parking: HOA Authority to Regulate Parking
If you have gotten behind in your mortgage payments, you may not have many viable options available to you for avoiding foreclosure. If you can’t work out a deal with your lender (frequently the bank that lent you the money to buy the home) or loan servicer that will allow you to come current on […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Running With Scissors: Does a Short Sale Guarantee the Bank Won’t Sue
If you have ever been confused by the various roles of real estate professionals, you’re not alone. Real estate brokers are licensed professionals who help consumers buy, sell and rent real property. Their business relations with consumers can take many forms: each of which is called a “brokerage relationship.” The roles, licensing requirements, and duties […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Just the Basics: Agency and Brokerage Law
Given the active real estate market in Atlanta’s metropolitan area, more and more people are finding themselves involved in real estate transactions—sometimes even if they have never been involved in real estate deals before. And, of course, where there is a real estate transaction, there is a fee or commission. Which brings us to the […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on You Got a License for That? Real Estate Activities that Require a Broker’s License
When it comes to real estate, property disputes are many and varied. Disputes can arise in any number of ways. Certain disputes can create a “cloud on title.” What Is a Cloud on Title? Whenever there is a dispute over who owns certain real property, or a portion of it, there is said to be […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Overcast and Cloudy: What is a Cloud on Title?
Homeowners Associations (“HOA”) in many states, including Georgia, are given broad discretion in their decision-making processes. This broad discretion has frequently led to many HOAs coming up with strict and sometimes silly rules. Consider the ban against clotheslines. For years now, a common trend of HOAs across the country has been to ban “solar drying”—in […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Hot Trend: HOAs Across the Country Being Hung Out To Dry When it Comes to Clotheslines Bans
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you let a friend stay in a home you own “just until [he] can find another place,” and several months later that person is still there? The answer depends on whether or not a landlord-tenant relationship has been created. Trespasser, Houseguest or Boarder? In most situations a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Friends Who Overstay Their Welcome. Now What?