Buyer/Seller Legal Resources

As a first time or repeat home buyer, or a seller, you want to stay informed about the ever-changing real estate legal landscape. Well, look no further. We’ve put together a handy summary of all the latest hot topics in Massachusetts and national real estate law. Don’t forget to check out our popular blog, The Massachusetts Real Estate Law Blog.

  • Pending Litigation May Derail Condominium Financing

    July 31st, 2010

    If the condominium project that you are buying into is involved in any pending litigation over construction or its common areas, you may not be able to obtain a conventional loan under newer, strict Fannie Mae condominium lending guidelines. This is not good for condominium buyers, lenders, unit owners desiring to sell and condominium associations. […]

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    Don’t Go To Home Depot Yet! Lenders Pulling Second Credit Reports Under Fannie Mae Loan Quality Initiative (LQI)

    June 6th, 2010

    Fannie Mae’s new Loan Quality Initiative (LQI) mandates become effective on June 1, 2010, and these rules are really taking the mortgage industry by surprise. The new rules could derail some closings for buyers who rack up purchases or even take out new store credit cards before their home sales have closed. The June 1 […]

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  • Tips For Pre-Closing Walk-Through

    May 17th, 2010

    Walk-through tips: Do not waive the walk-through! You snooze, you lose, if there are subsequent problems. Always go with your agent. Bring your camera, Iphone, etc. to document any issues Turn on/off all major appliances to see if they are working properly Check under decks–sellers often leave nasty stuff behind Scour the basement, check for […]

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    Home Buyer Tax Credit: What You Need & What You Need To Know

    April 28th, 2010

    As we head to the April 30th deadline for the Home Buyer Tax Credit, here’s a bullet point summary of the rules. Buyers must be under contract on or before April 30, 2010, and close on or before June 30, 2010. Buyers will need to attach to their 1040 tax returns a copy of the […]

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  • Disclosure Dillemas From Recent Flooding

    April 14th, 2010

    Disclosure Dilemma Sellers who’ve been affected by the flooding are asking themselves and their realtors how they should handle the inevitable question from buyers: did your basement flood? Under Massachusetts disclosure law, while sellers are under no obligation to volunteer information, they must answer truthfully to any question posed directly by buyers regarding the condition […]

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    Federal Aid & Tax Extension To May 11 Available For Mass. Flooding Victims

    April 14th, 2010

    President Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared a “major disaster” exists in Massachusetts due to rainstorms and flooding that began in late March. The 7 affected Massachusetts counties are Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester counties. Federal funds to homeowners in those counties affected by the recent flooding will be […]

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  • HO-6 Condominium Policies Now Required By Lenders

    April 6th, 2010

    A HO-6 policy is like a regular homeowner’s policy, but for a condominium unit, and with a lot more extras. “HO-6″ insurance policies cover the interior of the unit and personal property inside–commonly known as “studs in” coverage. HO-6 Now Required By Lenders Under the new Fannie Mae (FNMA) and FHA overhaul of condominium lending […]

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    10 Questions To Ask When Buying A Massachusetts Condominium

    March 27th, 2010

    Buying a condominium unit can be more involved than buying a single family home. This is because you have to worry about both the unit itself and the condominium project as a whole. 10 Questions You Must Ask Before Purchasing A Condominium Unit To borrow from a famous phrase, not all condominiums are created equally. […]

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  • A Guide To Choosing A Massachusetts Realtor

    March 22nd, 2010

    Choosing a Realtor is the first and perhaps the most important decision a home buyer will make. For purchasing a home, your real estate broker is really a Project Manager, guiding you through the entire home buying process from going to open houses to closing and beyond. She will not only help you find your […]

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    Condominium Liability Question & Answer Session

    March 13th, 2010

    Is an individual unit owner liable if someone gets hurt in the condominium’s common areas? The answer is most likely not. This is good lead in to the concept of “common areas.” When someone buys a condominium unit, they also obtain an undivided share of the condominium’s common areas and facilities. Common areas typically include […]

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