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  • Seller disputes damaging property after closingApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I bought my first home a couple months ago. After the contract was signed, the sellers asked if I could rent the property back to them for a month after the closing. When I took possession, i found movers had damaged the wood floor.

  • Tenants are caught in middle of owner’s foreclosureMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My husband and I have been renting the house we live in for the past 3½ years. This week, the owner told us he has not been making his mortgage payments and he is being foreclosed on.

  • Contact warranty company before making repairsFeb 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. We bought a home in June. The previous owner threw in a home warranty. Eight days after closing, during a heavy rain, the sump pump failed.

  • Furnace problem lingers past home’s purchase date Feb 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My husband and I bought our first home about a month ago. During our home inspection, the inspector determined the furnace was in poor condition and required servicing. Our attorney sent a letter regarding this and the sellers agreed to repair the furnace.

  • Short sale can be terminated if deadline not met Feb 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I got way behind on my mortgage and my mortgage company filed a foreclosure complaint against me. I got a short sale buyer in October but the sale has still not been approved by my mortgage company. Recently I learned I may inherit some money, so I may want to cancel the sale.

  • Leaking roof pits unit owners versus association Dec 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. I have a question about the responsibilities of our homeowners association vs. those expected of us. We contacted our association after finding the roof is leaking in our townhouse.

  • Steps can be taken when repair delays threaten closing Dec 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. My contract to buy includes an addendum listing requested repairs. Now, two days before closing is scheduled, there are windows the seller agreed to replace “when they arrive” that won’t be available until after the closing.

  • Siblings worry dad’s “friend” is now legal tenantNov 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. My mom passed away eight years ago. After her death, a woman “befriended” my dad (who is now 81). For the last four years, she and her daughter have been living in my dad’s home.

  • ‘Unknown’ occupants also can be evicted from rental Oct 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. I own a rental property that I have been leasing to a woman the past couple years. I decided I had to evict her so I went to the apartment to serve a five-day notice and discovered there are at least five people living there.

  • Property lien is not the first step to collect a debt Sep 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. I have a guy that’s owed me a few thousand bucks for about five years. I know he owns his house with his wife. Can I just record something against his house?

  • Home inspection results can nullify real estate contract Aug 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. We signed a contract to sell our home to a couple about a week ago. They did a home inspection and yesterday our attorney received a letter stating they didn’t like the condition of our property and they wished to cancel the contract.

  • Second mortgage usually prevents ‘deed in lieu’ Aug 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. I want to do a deed in lieu of foreclosure with my mortgage company but I am told I cannot do this because I have an equity loan. Why is that?

  • If a deal goes bad, just move on, find a new buyer Jul 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. We had our property listed for sale for over a year. Last week, a couple came along and gave us an offer. After a little negotiating, we settled on a contract. We were thrilled as we had been wanting to move south before it got cold again.

  • Sign away your property ownership at great risk Jun 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. I have been trying to sell my condominium for more than two years. I have been contacted by a guy who will pay me what I want. He has proposed giving me $1,000 and signing a note and mortgage for the balance.

  • Buyers have time to get inspection May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. My wife and I are attempting to purchase a short sale property. The contract states that we must do our home inspection within five days of the seller's acceptance. Our problem is the bank will probably either reject our offer or counter our offer. We don't want to pay $350 for a home inspection until we know we will get the house.

  • New home’s high real estate taxes seem too high May 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. My husband and I recently closed on our first home. We are very excited but are concerned about our real estate taxes. They seem very high. How can we check to see if we are where we should be and what can we do to reduce our taxes if they are too high?

  • Battling with your association will likely get very expensive Apr 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. After years of battling with my homeowners association, I am selling my condominium. I just received the "assessment letter" and it says I owe them more than $1,500, even though I am current with my dues.

  • Foreclosure complicates unpaid work on house Mar 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. I was hired to remodel a friend of a friend's basement about a year ago. He got into some financial trouble and couldn't pay the last $10,000 or so of the work. I recorded a mechanics lien on the property and my attorney told me to wait and see what happens.

  • Buyers, sellers often continue negotiates after the deal Mar 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. We are attempting to sell our home. We signed a contract and thought everything was fine. Since then, their attorney has raised many issues with the contract and their home inspector raised some issues with the condition of our home.

  • Townhouse owner takes insurance money, fails to make repairs Feb 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Q. Our association has a situation that the board is having trouble resolving. Two years ago one of our owners had major inside damage done to his townhome, the result of a broken water pipe that was left running for an entire weekend.

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