Neighbors Gutter Drains on My Property

Neighbors Gutter Drains on My Property. All houses and communities have problems. You can’t ignore ...
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Divorce, Death and Joint Tenancy

Divorce, Death and Joint Tenancy. The divorce decree may control ownership and state the sole ...
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Can you Sue your Homeowners Association?

Can you sue your homeowners association? The damage needs to be great enough to want ...
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Transferring Property After Death

Transferring Property After Death: Sometimes you have to take a step back and take an ...
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Reducing Noise from Upstairs Neighbors

There are ways to take care of reducing noise from upstairs neighbors, but some of ...
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Responsibility of Maintaining Retaining Wall

Responsibility of Maintaining Retaining Wall. Make sure the agreement notes that the neighbor is using ...
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How Does a 1031 Exchange Work?

A 1031 exchange is a mechanism under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code. It ...
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Adding Property to Living Trust

Adding Property to Living Trust. A living trust is a great way to easily transfer ...
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Taxes on a Sale of Inherited Property

Taxes on a Sale of Inherited Property. You need to know the cost of the ...
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Estate Planning: Property in Trust

Estate Planning: Property in Trust. We’ve received some questions about trust issues that might be ...
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Using Retirement Savings to Pay Off Mortgage

Using Retirement Savings to Pay Off Mortgage: In general, it’s almost never a good idea ...
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Understanding a Joint Bank Account

Understanding a Joint Bank Account: It is an account where each of the owners in ...
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Release of Mortgage Document Error

Release of Mortgage Document has Wrong Name. We suspect that the information on the release ...
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Joint Tenants Property Ownership

Understanding joint property ownership: Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship vs Tenants in Common By ...
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When to Change Your Living Trust

When to Change Your Living Trust? if you’re satisfied with your choice of trustee and ...
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Tax Implications for Selling Foreign Property

Tax Implications for Selling Foreign Property. You will have to figure out if the real ...
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Risks when Transferring Property to Family

Risks when Transferring Property to Family. Be very careful giving up part or total ownership ...
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What is a Reserve Study and Is it Important?

What is a Reserve Study? These studies detail the many components of an association building’s ...
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Home Fraud Protection or Scam

Home Fraud Protection or Scam: Be vigilant when you assess these offers, since many may ...
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Real Estate Tips for Buyers and Sellers

Real Estate Tips for Buyers and Sellers: Don't be afraid to hire professionals to help ...
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Benefits of Automatic Water Shut-off Valves

Benefits of Automatic Water Shut-off Valves: installing water sensors and other modern home water sensing ...
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Multiple Purchase Offers on Different Homes

Multiple Purchase Offers: Do we have any recourse and secondly how do we protect ourselves ...
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Tax Implications for Splitting Inherited Money

Tax Implications for Splitting Inherited Money: When it comes to estate taxes, the giver of ...
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HOA Require Aesthetic Changes

Aesthetic Changes: Can a homeowners association force me to replace a perfectly good roof because ...
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Governing Documents Define Common Area

Governing Documents Define Common Area: Understand what the specific provisions in the governing documents say ...
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Unrecorded Quit Claim Deed

So the best advice we can give our readers is this. If they intend on ...
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How to Prevent Water Infiltration

How to prevent water infiltration. Keeping your basement dry is one of the most important ...
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How to Remove a Name from the Mortgage

How to Remove a Name from the Mortgage. Usually the easiest way to get a ...
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Read Legal Documents Before Signing

Read Legal Documents Before Signing: If you don’t understand them, ask questions. By Ilyce Glink ...
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The Condition Use of the Quit Claim Deed

The Condition Use of the Quit Claim Deed.  By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin ...
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Homeowner Association Fees

Homeowner Association Fees: Homeowners associations have great latitude and discretion in running the associations. By ...
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Leaving Real Estate to Children

Leaving real estate to children, you’re generally far better off inheriting property than using a ...
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What to Expect Searching Your Home’s Title Online

What to expect when you search for your home's title online. Homeowners should be aware ...
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Inheriting a Property in Pennsylvania

Inheriting a Property in Pennsylvania. That state has some unusual rules that directly affect our ...
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Sell the Farm or Lease the Land

Sell the Farm or Lease the Land. The land could be rented and they could ...
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Real Estate and Documents

Real Estate and Documents: Keeping these documents well-organized in the cloud will serve you well ...
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Buying a Home As-Is

Buying a Home As-Is. If the home inspector finds significant or material issue with the ...
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Your Home Inspector Missed Something

Your Home Inspector Missed Something. We highly recommend buyers go to their own home inspection ...
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Avoid Probate with a Living Trust

Avoid Probate with a Living Trust: As the owner of the trust and the trustee, ...
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What is Special Assessment Insurance Coverage

Homeowners insurance companies can issue an endorsement to a condominium policy which is designed to ...
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Can a Buyer Cancel Purchase Agreement?

Can a Buyer Cancel Purchase Agreement? When you sign a purchase agreement, you are contractually ...
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Review and Update Your Homeowners Insurance

Review and Update Your Homeowners Insurance: The policy should be in the name of the ...
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Who is Responsible for Private Road Maintenance?

Who is Responsible for Private Road Maintenance? The responsibility of rules and maintenance of the ...
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Condo Associations Should Have How Much in Reserves

Condo Associations Should Have How Much in Reserves? More buildings should have more in reserves ...
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Buying a House with Open Permits

Buying a House with Open Permits: As you might have gathered from your open permit ...
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Transferring Property into a Living Trust

Transferring property into a living trust: Have an attorney prepare a deed of conveyance to ...
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Putting Your Child’s Name on a Property

Putting Your Child's Name on a Property -We don’t think parents should put real estate ...
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Real Estate and Capital Gains Tax

This week’s column features thoughts, comments and suggestions from our readers about real estate and ...
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Consider Non-Family Member for End-of-Life Agent

Consider Non-Family Member for End-of-Life Agent. A business person who can read my end-of-life wishes ...
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Managing Parents Real Estate Portfolio

Managing Parents Real Estate Portfolio. The right answer starts with a deep conversation with parents ...
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Gift Tax on Money Acquired by Elder Abuse

Gift Tax on Money Acquired by Elder Abuse. When a parent gifts money to children ...
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Selling Combined Lots? What are the Tax Implications

Selling Combined Lots? What are the Tax Implications. Figuring out the Cost Basis and Capital ...
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Neighbor Dispute About Shared Private Road

Neighbor dispute about shared private road. Private roads are governed by easement agreements. An easement ...
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Estate Planning: Living Trust or LLC for Properties

Estate Planning: Living Trust or LLC for properties. Its time to go over your estate ...
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Buying a Home Without a Buyer’s Agent

Buying a home without a buyer's agent. A mistake made when buying a home could ...
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Understanding the Cost Basis of a Home

Understanding the cost basis of a home. Rental property vs primary residence effects the taxes ...
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Error in Title Documents for Condo

Error in title documents for condo. Make sure that you are looking at the document ...
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Understanding a Quit Claim Deed after Divorce

By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: I divorced my husband two years ago ...
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Tax Implications of Adding a Child to a Deed

By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin Q: My mother put me on the deed ...
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Dealing with an Association

When dealing with an Association, you should understand the rules and get involved. By Ilyce ...
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Family Dynamics and Estate Planning

Family Dynamics and Estate Planning: Parents should discuss their finances and any arrangements they’ve made ...
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When Can a Seller Back Out of a Contract

When can a seller back out of a contract. Almost none contain clauses that discuss ...
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Moving Costs Seniors Should Consider

Moving costs seniors should consider. They will need to hire extra hands to help them ...
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Adding a House Into a Trust

Adding a house into a trust. You need to prepare a deed to transfer the ...
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Dividing an Inherited Property

Dividing an inherited property. How do you split a property when one person gets 80 ...
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Ideas to Consider When Deciding to Declutter a Home

Ideas to consider when deciding to declutter a home. Whether it is yours or someone ...
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Why Sellers Might Waive Home Inspection

Why sellers might waive home inspection. There are valid reasons not to permit an inspection ...
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Can a Landlord Terminate a Lease

Can a landlord terminate a lease? The answers to your questions can be found in ...
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The Dangers of Overpaying for Property

The dangers of overpaying for property; buyers should think about if they buy homes with ...
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Handling an Unsolicited Low Offer

Handling an unsolicited low offer. The listing broker should tell you that and give you ...
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Should Seniors Buy or Rent

Should seniors buy or rent: You should consider how you will age in your home ...
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Selling While Home Prices Are High

Selling while home prices are high. If you’re tired of living in your home, or ...
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How Can You Find Out If You Are Listed On A Trust?

How can you find out if you are listed on a trust: if you are ...
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What documents do you get when you payoff a mortgage

What documents do you get when you payoff a mortgage: a release of mortgage and ...
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Buying vs Renting a Home

Deciding between buying vs renting a home comes down to financial considerations and personal preferences, ...
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Validity of a Power of Attorney

The validity of a power of attorney remains until the principal dies. Once the principal ...
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Suing a Seller for Non Disclosure

Get your proof ready if you are suing a seller for non disclosure of a ...
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Getting Rid of a Timeshare

Getting rid of a timeshare can be a nightmare and the expenses drag you down ...
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Home Inspector Missed Problems

My home inspector missed problems with the home I just purchased. Can I sue the ...
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Selling Home to a Developer

What should you consider when selling home to a developer? Is price the only factor? ...
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Real Estate Agent Cancels Listing

Real estate agent cancels listing agreement against my wishes. Can she do that? Do I ...
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Is This A Housing Bubble?

Is this a housing bubble or is it just a housing shortage? The US is ...
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Paying Taxes on Family Home Sale

If you inherited the family home, you need to know if you're going to be ...
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Fix Mistake from Closing

Should you fix mistake from closing or keep extra land that was included in the ...
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Shortage of Homes For Sale

There is a shortage of homes for sale in the United States of up to ...
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A Cash Offer For a Home

A cash offer for a home means a buyer either has the money in the ...
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Benefits of Multigenerational Housing

The benefits of multigenerational housing are there but you need to set it up carefully ...
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What Happens if you Die Without a Will

If you die without a will, you lose control over who will get your money ...
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Seller Failed to Fix Septic System

Seller failed to fix septic system that failed inspection after buyer closed on the home ...
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Tips on Dividing Parent’s Estate

Tips on dividing parent's estate. How do you decide who should keep the family home ...
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Documents To Keep After Paying Off a Mortgage

What documents should you keep after paying off a mortgage or closing on a home ...
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Helping Child Buy a Home

If you're helping your child buy a home, do it right and avoid owing taxes ...
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Unreasonable Home Inspection Requests

What are unreasonable home inspection requests and why does it seem buyers are asking more ...
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Senior Stuck with a Home

What can a senior stuck with a home and a mortgage do if they don't ...
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Buying a Fire Damaged House

When buying a fire damaged house make sure your contract for purchase does not allow ...
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Can My Neighbor Block My View

I love the view from my house. Can my neighbor block my view when he ...
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Home Warranties Can Cover Pumps

Home warranties can cover pumps for well water, pools, spas, sump pumps, plumbing fixtures, electrical ...
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Are Reverse Mortgages Bad?

Are reverse mortgages bad? Reverse mortgages may be the only choice if you can't get ...
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Information Request From Tax Assessor

So you get an information request from the tax assessor. Should you respond or ignore ...
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How To Avoid Probate After Death

With good planning, you can avoid probate after death. Probate is expensive and time consuming ...
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