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Same-sex marriages create new questions in property laws

On Jan. 1, residents in Maryland joined those in the District, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York in the ability to have same-sex marriages. While laws in the District and those states may have settled the big question on who can get married, they raise a number of practical real estate questions. One question arises ...
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Water and Homeowners Insurance

by Susanne Romo When most people think of home insurance and claims, fire or burglary is usually the first thing that concerns people.  But what might surprise you is that neither of those claims is the most common.  Water is. And your homeowner’s policy may or not cover the damage.  The bottom line your claims adjuster will need to know is —- ...

Condo owners should buy secondary insurance

BY BARBARA HOLLAND Posted: Aug. 11, 2012 | 2:04 a.m. Q: I currently own a condominium that I rent to my granddaughter. Last Sunday, the girl who lives in the condo above mine called me and said she heard running water, and asked if would come over and see if we could figure out where it was coming from. I went over and we looked in all the storage ...

HUD Awards More than $324,000 in Grants to Fight Housing and Lending Discrimination in New Hampshire

Bob Quinn bob@nhar.com HUD Awards More than $324,000 in Grants to Fight Housing and Lending Discrimination in New Hampshire The 2010 legislative session is complete, and several new laws impacting the real estate industry have either gone into effect or will shortly. Below you’ll find information regarding some of the bills which have become ...

Tax Law: Recent Decisions on the Real Estate Transfer Tax

Roy Tilsley Email: NHBAinfo@nhbar.org The application of the real estate transfer tax in transactions among related parties and/or involving little or no consideration, has challenged attorneys and parties. In two recent decisions, one favoring the taxpayer and one favoring the State, the New Hampshire Superior Court has shed some light on these challenging ...

Shopping in New Hampshire

Website: www.nhliving.com New Hampshire is the go to state for shopping due to the variety of selection available and the nonexistent sales tax. Whether you choose to shop near the seacoast, the valley, everywhere in New Hampshire will be picturesque and excellent shopping is available. Read more

Are Emails Binding in Real Estate Transactions?

C. J. Hughes E-Mail May Be Binding, State Court Rules Article   BE careful when clicking “send.” That is essentially the message to brokers and their clients from a state court, which ruled recently in a real estate dispute that e-mails can carry the same weight as traditional ink-on-paper contracts Read Article | Comment it

New Fed Rule for Mortgage Brokers

Lynnley Browning New Fed Rule for Mortgage Brokers Article Lynnley Browning is a frequent contributor to the business pages of The New York Times and is a former Moscow-based correspondent for Reuters. STARTING April 1, under a new compensation rule from the Federal Reserve, borrowers who get their mortgages through brokers will most likely ...

No McMansions for Millennials

S. Mitra Kalita No McMansions for Millennials Article S. Mitra Kalita is a general assignment reporter at The Washington Post and serves as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. Here’s what Generation Y doesn’t want: formal living rooms, soaker bathtubs, dependence on a car. In other words, they don’t want their parents’ ...