Since Hurricane Harvey hit, the news coming out of Texas and Louisiana has been heartbreaking. Some people survived Katrina only to be caught up in another catastrophic storm, and others not only lost property, but family and friends as well. The victims continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. If you’re in a position [...]
It's important to document who owns the water on your land. In this question, the homeowner wonders who owns the water easement rights for land that his parents owned for 40 years but has changed hands several times since. Q: My parents owned land for 40 years. On the property was a home and a [...]
Prepayment Penalty: Will I Have To Pay a Prepayment Penalty If I Close Before The Penalty Period Is Up?
We often get questions about prepayment penalties and whether the penalty period will apply if a homeowner sells the home rather than just prepays the mortgage. Q: I just signed a contract on my house with a closing at the end of next month. I also bought a new house with same closing date. I [...]
When you live in a home owned by a family member, transferring the home title from owner to tenant can be complicated. Just because you've been living in a home for an extended period of time and paying the expenses (as in this case), that doesn't make you the homeowner. Q: How do we get the [...]
Resolving a title conflict between joint homeowners can be difficult and often emotional. This is especially true when one homeowner relies on the other for support. Q: My mother and I are both on the title to our house. The house is paid off. My mother is also abusive and I am disabled. She has [...]
If you own a home, you're probably thinking about the top tax benefits of homeownership. But you may not know how your single biggest asset (your home) can help you save on your tax bill. You probably already know that your biggest asset could also help you save on your taxes. It's the "how" that's [...]