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Tom Resnick

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Earnest money in limbo after buyers back out

May 13 2016 | 3:25 pm - Q. My husband and I sold our home and were scheduled to close the sale a few weeks ago. Two days before the closing, we found out the buyers were getting a divorce and they didn’t want to buy the house anymore.

Trustee of parents’ estate nowhere to be found

Apr 29 2016 | 3:05 pm - Q. My parents put their house in a living trust and named themselves as trustees. The trust states in the event of their passing, my sister would become the successor trustee. The only problem with this is no one has seen or heard from my sister in...

It’s common for aging parent to grant power of attorney

Mar 11 2016 | 6:07 pm - Q. We will be listing my mom’s house for sale within the next couple weeks. Mom has some memory and dementia issues, though much of the time she understands where she is at and usually has no problems recognizing family and friends. We are...

Buyers have several days to back out of real estate deal

Feb 19 2016 | 4:41 pm - Q. We listed the home we have lived in the past 22 years for sale a few weeks ago. There was much interest and we received two offers within three days of listing the property. Two days after we signed the contract, our attorney received a letter...

Botched closing results in added expenses

Feb 05 2016 | 4:02 pm - Q. My wife and I were scheduled to close on our new home a few weeks ago. The sale of our old home was scheduled in the morning and our buy was scheduled that same day in the afternoon. Everything looked fine up to the day of the closing.

How to successfully appeal your property assessment

Jan 22 2016 | 4:07 pm - Q. My wife and I are considering appealing our assessment. I remember reading in one of your columns about different ways to request the appeal. Could you please refresh my memory?

Short sale provides more time in the home

Jan 15 2016 | 3:52 pm - Q. We have been trying to do a short sale on our house that is badly under water. The bank has now offered us something called a “deed in lieu of foreclosure.” What is this and would it be smart for us to accept their offer?

Valid real estate offers must be in writing, and signed

Nov 20 2015 | 3:15 pm - Q. My wife and I made an offer on a short-sale home, which the sellers agreed to for $240,000. We gave our $2,500 earnest money with the offer. The bank countered for $15,000 more ($255,000). Our agent then wrote a letter to the seller’s...

Exemption not allowed on rental properties

Nov 06 2015 | 3:14 pm - I just realized I have been receiving the homeowners exemption all these years on a townhouse I own and lease to renters. What can I do to correct the situation? How far back can the county go to pay any taxes I owe?

Legal avenues exist to get judgment from former tenant

Oct 23 2015 | 1:48 pm - Q. As a landlord I have had the unpleasant task of having two evictions in the past year. The issue I have is that even though the courts awarded judgments to me for thousands of dollars, I have collected nothing.

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