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There comes a time when you cannot take it anymore. You have tried as hard as you can to assist your client with a mortgage modification, but if you hear one more time that the person you are working with has been re-assigned, or that a document you have faxed to the Lender four times is unable t...
07/12/2011
While I would wish it were otherwise, not all residential real estate purchases, or sales, close. There are many ways for a deal to "crater" and really just one way for a deal to close. In my practice, I have been involved in transactions with the following sets of circumstances, which caused a t...
06/22/2011
So I got excited the other day. After what seemed like an endless delay I received my Massachusetts real estate brokers' license. I have been getting referrs from people on the ActiveRain network for some time now. I would read and analyze them and try to pass them along to someone in Massachuset...
05/28/2011
One of the realities of living in many older towns is the fact that there are many private ways or private streets which exist. Many people have homes on streets which have not been made public streets, as such, and which do not receive town or city maintenance or snow plowing in the winter. If y...
05/19/2011
This started out as one of those "dream engagements" for all concerned. A lifelong friend, whose real estate transactions I have always taken care of, was selling his spectacular home on a private way, where there were eight or nine other beautiful homes, and purchasing a town home in Boston's So...
05/08/2011
I am participating in a closing tomorrow, which features something that I have never before seen in my over forty years of practicing real estate law. The Buyer's Agent has borrowed against her commission, and the closing agent is paying off the outstanding obligation as a set-off from the Buyer'...
05/05/2011
Massachusetts, where I have been practicing real estate law for more than 40 years, is an extremely "tenant-friendly" state with many people able to survive in the location they live in for more than six months with out paying rent. There is no "self-help" in Massachusetts, and people whose mortg...
05/01/2011
I am sure that many of you are involved in rental property, either as Landlords or Tenants. In my over forty years of practicing real estate law, I continue to be amazed at some of the misconceptions and misunderstandings both Landlords and Tenants have over residential security deposits and last...
04/27/2011
Over the years, I have represented many people who have purchased Condominiums. I have become familiar with many "due diligence" procedures, including examining the Master Deed, By-Laws [Trust Declaration] and even Minutes of Trustees in those rare instances where the Condominium operates within ...
04/23/2011
In the category of "I never thought this would happen to me", nothing stands out as firmly to me as the New life I have found by becoming an almost daily participant in the blogging experience on ActiveRain. I started out by just wanting to "give back" to the community some of the knowledge and e...
04/23/2011
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