The Ask the Real Estate Lawyer column by Samuel Tamkin answers your questions about real estate and the law. These helpful articles by Ilyce Glink and real estate attorney Samuel Tamkin cover all sorts of topics, everything from buying a vacation home to selling investment property.
Will Tax Reform Kill The Housing Market and Tank Home Prices?
Is the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act going to kill the housing market and tank home prices? With the passage of Tax Reform in the House of Representatives, real estate industry groups have gone on the warpath to prevent legislation they believe is ultimately damaging to real estate. Is tax reform going to kill the [...]
If a Neighbor Damages Your Condo, Who Makes the Insurance Claim?
You open the door to your condominium after a long day of work, but before you settle in for the night, you notice water dripping from the ceiling and a large discolored spot on your living room carpet. It appears as if a toilet or bathtub belonging to your upstairs neighbor has overflowed, causing damage [...]
Getting a Quit Claim Deed After Divorce
Getting a quitclaim deed after divorce is necessary to remove a spouse's name from the property title and mortgage. Q: When I was married, my wife and I purchased a home with a VA loan. My wife and I later divorced and I was awarded the home in the divorce and it states so in [...]
Problems With Seller Disclosure: Moving a Manufactured Home
If your are having problems with seller disclosure about moving a manufactured home, you may have a legal case against the seller. Q: We have a problem. My son purchased a manufactured home last year at the age of 21 and obtained an FHA mortgage on the home. It appears that he should have never [...]
Dividing Joint Property When Co-owner Died Without a Will
Dividing joint property when a co-owner dies without a will depends on whether title was held in joint-tenancy or tenants in common. Q: I own a home jointly but the other owner passed away without a will. His family has filed a suit to partition and insists that if I don't buy them out they will [...]
How to Divide Inherited Property
How to divide inherited property. There are several ways to divide real estate inheritances without resorting to lawsuits between heirs. Q: I have an interesting situation. My aunt recently died and left behind an estate which includes a luxury condo in Illinois. My aunt had no family of her own, and left 40 percent of [...]