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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: If you are fairly certain that a seller lied on the disclosure form, is there any action you can take against them?

We are in the process buying a new house. This home was listed as being an “as is” sale. We had a home inspection preformed for our protection as it’s an 110 year old farm house. The listing stated the product had a septic system. The inspection revealed there is only a discharge pipe that... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jan 24, 2022

It is unclear from your post whether at this point you can back out of the sale. If the seller's disclosure statement is inaccurate but you are aware of the issue and still go through with the sale, you may face a challenge, if you were to sue, proving that you were damages as a result of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for California on
Q: Seller wants to back out - Who is right?

We signed a contract to purchase ($700k) home and entered into escrow. The home inspection showed a lot of repairs, so we decided to cancel the contract. My realtor sent “Cancellation of Contract” to the seller.

The seller called us back saying that they are willing to fix the repairs... Read more »

Yelena Gurevich
Yelena Gurevich answered on Jan 24, 2022

Each side's lawyer (i.e. buyer's lawyer and seller's lawyer) is going to claim that their respective client is "right." Who will win a lawsuit depends on more facts. Did the seller agree to repairs in writing, thereby waiving the buyer's cancellation? Was the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Ohio on
Q: Noisy Community

I live at a 2 bedroom apartment on the first floor next to the building entrance and the stairs. The main bedroom is next to the apartment entrance and we don’t sleep in it because we simply can’t! Noisy neighbors running on the stairs and slamming doors. In addition to the upstairs neighbor... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jan 24, 2022

You can ask the landlord, but landlord doesn't have to agree. You could try paying rent into escrow. Check your local court web site for the rent escrow process.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: Is it illegal to serve process on a 15 year old?
Cory D. Raines
Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

Although it is not a crime to serve process on a minor, doing so likely goes against the procedures outlined in the Georgia's Civil Practice Act. Depending on the set of circumstances involved in the case will determine what procedure needs to be followed. If the lawsuit is against a minor,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I'm selling a house I own to my son. Do I still have to have the abstract brought up to date? I bought house 6 yrs ago.

Bought a house for son to live in while in school. I'm now selling him the house. Is there any reason to have abstract done again?

James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Jan 23, 2022

Generally, the answer would be no. You should know everything that has happened to the title of the property. If he is borrowing money from a bank, they will require updated insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Does every mortgage/lien on real estate or land require a deed of trust to be filed as well in the state of Oklahoma?
James Tack Jr
James Tack Jr answered on Jan 23, 2022

A mortgage is sufficient to secure an indebtedness. Deeds of Trust are not used in Oklahoma. If there is one it is simply treated as a mortgage.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law on
Q: Hi can i kick my housemate out?

•I am the only legal Tenant of the property as I signed the contract

I have an occupier living in my rental home. The person and I lived together for around a year but her name is not on the contract. She has not payed 3 weeks worth of rent and also rejected to pay the bills. Is it... Read more »

Cory D. Raines
Cory D. Raines answered on Jan 23, 2022

Under Georgia law, a renter may evict a roommate or other person whom is not on the lease. Before you can initiate eviction proceedings, you will need to give them written notice and they must refuse. Once this phase is completed then a dispossessory action can be filed at the county's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Business Law for Maryland on
Q: § 17-517. Office. What constitutes an "office" for the purposes of this statute?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Jan 21, 2022

When citing to a title and section number of the Maryland Code, you need to specify which named Article you are referring to. There may be multiple §17-517s throughout the Maryland Code. Because you identified real estate as a practice area, perhaps you are referring to Business Occupations and... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Michigan on
Q: Sis doesn't want house she & boyfriend bought. BF says he won't pay mortgage. They used her credit. She can't afford.

Sister and her boyfriend bought a house last year. He has been drunk all the time and mean to her and my nephew and she wants to sell the house to move home and take care of sick mom. He's paying the mortgage but they used her credit. He won't sell and says he'll stop paying the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 20, 2022

I take it the boyfriend's name is also on the deed? There's only three ways to proceed: 1) get him to agree to take the house and refinance the mortgage into his name; 2) get him to agree to just sell the house and split the proceeds, or 3) petition the court for an order to sell the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Bankruptcy, Real Estate Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Texas on
Q: Divorce court said he needed to take me off the home. He never did. The house is about to foreclose.

I don’t have the money to fly to Oregon and get another lawyer to force him to refinance. I also learned he put the home in forbearance while the divorce was still processing. So now he has to either pay back 30 grand before he can refinance OR have me agree to sign papers to put that money on... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 20, 2022

You need to consult your divorce attorney and move to hold him in contempt in the divorce case. He will likely have to hold you harmless on the debt regardless.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Land Use & Zoning for Kentucky on
Q: I own a mobile home that sets on my step fathers dads land. My step grandfather passed away about 3 months ago.

My question is, can I move into the mobile home that is legally mine until the probate is done?

I was told by my aunt that the land will most likely go to the state to pay off the rest of his bills from the nursing home.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jan 20, 2022

You need to check with the executor or trix of the estate and get permission. Otherwise, you may have to move the mobile home as it is considered personal Property in Ky, not real property.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: I have 3 sisters if my mother passes her house was left to the 3 of us but my one sister signed her half over to me.

Does this mean that I have more say over what we do with the house then my other sister

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 20, 2022

No you are still a Tenant In Common with the other owners.

2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Can I get a loan for my current house, place it in LLC, rent it out, and use the money from the loan to buy a new house?

I am trying to find the best financial solution to invest in real estate. I have paid off my house and would like to move in 18 months. I like this house and would like to hold on to it as a rental property. I will need the proceeds, either through the sale of the house, or from obtaining a... Read more »

Elizabeth A. Sabol
Elizabeth A. Sabol answered on Jan 20, 2022

While everyone could benefit from consulting with an attorney - and this website doesn't count! - you REALLY need to talk to one. Your idea is not at all unusual, but I see issues with: 1) property taxes (you don't want to screw up your homestead exemption for your primary residence); 2)... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Can I get a loan for my current house, place it in LLC, rent it out, and use the money from the loan to buy a new house?

I am trying to find the best financial solution to invest in real estate. I have paid off my house and would like to move in 18 months. I like this house and would like to hold on to it as a rental property. I will need the proceeds, either through the sale of the house, or from obtaining a... Read more »

Jaime Victor Papa
Jaime Victor Papa answered on Jan 24, 2022

Yes, you can place your home into an LLC. I recommend that you meet with a business lawyer to assist you with this process. I also believe you should consider a revocable living trust, because you have homes in separate states. A revocable living trust will allow you to avoid probate court. With... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for New York on
Q: Im a partial owner (with a parent) of a property and would like to become a sole owner. Is it taxfree
Elaine Shay
Elaine Shay answered on Jan 20, 2022

If your parent intends to make a gift of his or her interest in the property, depending on the value of the gift it may be subject to gift tax. However, New York does not impose a transfer tax on gifts of real property that are made without the payment of consideration.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: Can a lawyer withdraw from a real estate sale and still charge for the part he has done?

In the State if Maine?

Jane Kim
Jane Kim answered on Jan 20, 2022

I am not licensed in the state of Maine, not sure why you posted this question under Florida, but I would assume it is the same in all states, a lawyer may charge for the work actually performed. Why not? There is no compulsion to perform free labor unless it is through a pro bono clinic or some... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate on
Q: My friend's Dad died and she owns 1/3 of the property and her dad had a 3rd. They can not get the other person to sell

The property is in MO

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jan 20, 2022

When property is owned by multiple people, one or more of whom want to sell and the other(s) don't, you have two choices. (1) The ones who do not want to sell can buy out the interests of the ones who do want to sell, or (2) the ones who want to sell can start a lawsuit usually called a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Elder Law for Illinois on
Q: Uncle left house to another family member with stipulation my parents could live for set rent price for life.

My mother took care of my great uncle years ago before he passed away. He left the house she lives in, to his granddaughter with the stipulation my parents could live there for life for a set rent price. They sold the property to another company and that is not being honoured anymore. Rent has... Read more »

Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Jan 20, 2022

If your great uncle stipulated in his will or in his trust that your parents could live in the house at a set rent price, then depending on how those instructions were worded - it is possible that your mom has a case. If this was an "understanding" not in writing, the case becomes much... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Mississippi on
Q: Had uncle who died. My father and my uncle are heirs. Land loan is on the property that is currently being paid.

Yet the county won't let me get tags without proof of residency and everything is still in my deceased uncle's name. Please help

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin answered on Jan 20, 2022

The deed to the land cannot be changed without court intervention. It should be probated so that the deed can be changed to the names of your father and uncle. That, however, won’t solve your problem since you are not an heir to the land. You have to establish residency in the county yourself,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: Loan Agreement Review

Good evening. I am lending capital to a real estate investor in my area and in turn I will be receiving 10% interest for a total of one year. I will receiving two documents, a promissory note and the loan agreement, and I would like a lawyer to review to make sure my interests are protected and... Read more »

David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin answered on Jan 20, 2022

Yes, I do know a great deal about this. I would have to discuss the matter and then review the documents. My website is easy to find. This space does not encourage contact information.

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