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 ...

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 ...

Iowa leaders predict more foreclosure woes

Ana Radelat Iowa leaders predict more foreclosure woes Article [email protected] Foreclosures in the state and across the nation have ebbed as Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller leads an effort to pressure the nation’s banks to reform their mortgage-servicing practices. Read Article | Comment it

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

How to clean up your credit score?

Tara Siegel Bernard Healing a Wounded Credit Score Article Tara Siegel Bernard is a personal finance reporter for The New York Times. Some lost their jobs or were just overwhelmed by mounting debt. Others got caught up in the real estate bubble or had major medical bills. Whatever the reason, the rising number of foreclosures, short sales, ...

No mention of MID in State of Union Speech

  President Barack Obama talked about the need to reduce the federal deficit and simplify the tax code in his state of the Union speech last night but in leaving out the specifics of how he would accomplish those goals he left it unclear whether changes to the mortgage interest deduction (MID) would be part of the mix. Source: Web:  

Owners, Renters Agree: Owning a Home is a Smart Decision

  A substantial majority of both home owners and current renters agree that owning a home is a smart decision over the long term. That’s according to the results of a National Association of Realtors® survey of 3,793 adults conducted online by Harris Interactive.  Read Article