Real Estate Law

  • How to Remove Someone From a Deed

    Property ownership is handled differently in many families. In some cases, homes may be owned by spouses, or may be partially owned between children and parents. In either case, you may need to determine the rules as they pertain to how to remove a deceased...
    By Finn Orfano April 23, 2011 

  • Legally, Can You Plant Trees on a Property Line?

    You may be considering preparing your home for spring and summer and considering your landscaping. One of the questions that may arise is can you legally plant trees on a property line. The simple answer to this is no, although there may be some exceptions...
    By Finn Orfano April 22, 2011 

  • What Are You Allowed to Adjust for Seller Concession in VA Appraisals?

    A seller concession is broadly defined by the Veterans Administration as anything that adds value to the real estate transaction. In these cases, it is important to understand when adjusting for seller concession in VA appraisals is appropriate.
    By Finn Orfano March 31, 2011 


  • What Can You Do Legally When There is False Advertising by the House Seller?

    False advertising is defined by Lectric Law Library as "...False or deceptive advertisement is an advertising misrepresenting the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of goods, services, or commercial activities." False advertising...
    By Finn Orfano March 31, 2011 

  • What are the Options When a Home Seller Won't Offer a Counter?

    Real estate transactions can be highly emotional for both sides, and negotiations don't always go as planned. Here is a look at a buyer's options when a home seller won't offer a counter.
    By nataliajones January 21, 2011 

  • Change in Marital Status: How Do I Change My Name?

    For those who are recently married or divorced, issues about selling your home if your name has changed may be a worry. The legal requirements to modify your loan documents and title can be provided by your lender or an attorney.
    By Finn Orfano December 22, 2010 


  • Can You Sell Your House to Your Children for a Dollar?

    Parents who are interested in transferring the title of their homes to their children are often seeking an answer to the question "can I sell my house to my son for a dollar"? While this method of transferring is possible, it is fraught with...
    By Finn Orfano December 22, 2010 

  • Tax Considerations: Home Sales

    Many homeowners are faced with capital gains tax after selling a home simply because they tried to handle their taxes themselves. Understanding capital gains tax can be confusing, and it is even more confusing when it involves property. Knowing the basics...
    By Finn Orfano December 13, 2010 

  • DIY Steps on How to Do a Title Search Yourself

    Chances are that if you are interested in an abandoned property, see a tax auction coming up in your area, or see a foreclosure notice sale, you may be interested in the property. Before you make any investment in the property, learn how to do a title...
    By Finn Orfano November 30, 2010 

  • Explaining the Deed and Title to a House

    If you have been provided a quit claim deed for a house, this does not necessarily mean you are on the title or that you are part owner of the house. A quit claim deed does not mean the person granting the deed owns the property. Understand the difference...
    By Finn Orfano November 30, 2010 
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