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Does a condominium complex of eight or fewer units require a

Does a condominium complex of eight or fewer units require a reserve study if the owners vote "no" for Redondo Beach, California?

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Can a real estate broker add a prospective lot to the value

Can a real estate broker add a prospective lot to the value of the property? I just got word that the appraisal came in at one million dollars without the lot. I am trying to get a zoning permit for the extra lot from the town. Someone is going to be successful with enough time and money. I don't know when and I don't know how. I don't know who. The lot down the road sold for 580 k. Can I find a real estate broker to list for 1,400,000? Or is that illegal? 900 for for the lot with house on it and 500 for the lot that is speculative.

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My builder put a lien on our house one day before closing.

My builder put a lien on our house one day before closing. He says we owe him 55k out of contract. He's claiming "change of plan fees." Our original contract was for 650k. After two months he said couldn't build that house for that much and had us pick a different plan that would have a smaller footprint. Meanwhile the appraisal came back at 520k. After going back to the architect and picking a new plan that decreased the width and depth of the house we then signed a new contract for 590k. He did not want to get the new plan appraised. We are in the house but are waiting to close. He has a lawyer now and so do we. The bank where we had our construction loan pointed out to him that he breached his contract of waiving the right to lien. He still hasn't removed the lien. We have a lawyer but he's just having us see how it plays out. The builder's lawyer will email our lawyer with silly things like they are looking for the proof that they made a verbal agreement to pay the 55k and other grasping for straw statements. Is our lawyer right to have us just sit back and wait? I have subs knocking on my door that they haven't been paid by the builder. Also, found out the builder has a state tax lien. And after going through a lot of our paperwork we noticed his assistant signs his stuff or his daughter does. I also noticed he used three different company names. I traced one of the companies to a UPS store in Florida.

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I replaced ugly bushes in front of my townhouse and now HOA

I replaced ugly bushes in front of my townhouse and now HOA is asking me to remove the plants I put there and replace it back with the ugly bushes. Their HOA documents says that they own the front lawn of my townhouse as the common area, but I made reasonable improvement to that area. I invested $600+ into the plants and replaced bushes that were actually infested with "bug worms." Insect that feeds on the bushes and kills them. Their documentation says: Lot owners are responsible for all landscaping maintenance and upkeep within their own lot. Accordingly, the association shall not be responsible for the maintenance or replacement of plants or trees from any lot. They sent me a letter I violated common area landscape by alteration of the planted plants and I have to put the bushes back immediately. Can I argue that the bushes were infected and would die and according to their statement they would not replace them anyway, so in fact I improved the appeal of the landscape by planting new plants?

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We built a 4,900 sq. ft. house that was clad in Sto stucco

We built a 4,900 sq. ft. house that was clad in Sto stucco in 1989. Correctly built with vinyl windows and deep overhangs, the house has never had any moisture problems. It has been inspected four times, most recently in 2016 by a EIFS certified inspector. To further ensure that no moisture would invade the house, we employed a stucco expert who cut and caulked around all doors, windows and water spigots, removed stucco up to 18 inches around the house, installed Flexyl, installed a drip cap in metal and 210" of stone veneer at the front of the house. Landscaping and drainage were designed by a landscape architect and later upgraded by a civil engineer. The house has been inspected by Terminex every quarter since 1989 and no infestation has been found.We put the house on the market one year ago and have had one offer that was $65,000 below asking price. Further, in the marketing booklet our realtor prepared, she included an article about all the defects in our stucco system which she placed in front of the certified inspection. Our previous realtor told us that the house has been stigmatized because of the stucco. A lawyer has told me that we have an actionable RICO violation. Tax value of the house is $848,000. What is your opinion and can you direct me to an attorney that can help us sue the North Carolina Realtors Association and Sto.

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MY TOTAL REAL SQUARE FOOT ARE 1628 I BEING PAYING 1778 SF

mY TOTAL REAL SQUARE FOOT ARE1628I BEING PAYING 1778 SF since December 2003MY RENT IS $4024.82TOTAL PER SF $2.26But the manager told me that I can't do anything because they have the best lawyers in California, they pay a lot to them

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My question: Is there anything that can be done to stop the

My question: Is there anything that can be done to stop the chopping down of the hedges behind the rest of my neighbors homes and is there a way to get the HOA to increase the height of the walls on those lots whose privacy has already taken?Recent changes to the perimeter landscaping has been started. As homeowners of perimeter lots, we were not informed or given the opportunity to voice our concern involving this change. The change has taken away the visual beauty and privacy of our back yards. Thus it has caused many of us great distress and loss of enjoyment.This north side portion of our community is a higher elevation than the city street behind us. When the walls were originally built, they were built on the street level to the maxium height. However, that meant that the wall was only 4.5-5.0 feet tall at the lot level. The hedge on the street side has created the extra height to provide a buffer from the sights & sounds of a busy street. With that hedge chopped back, not only is the beauty gone but we are left exposed to whatever is happening outside our community.We have been told that the wall cannot be increased in height. However, the southern perimeter wall is higher from the inside of those lots do to the city street being a higher elevation than those lots.Thank-you for your imput.

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I live in a condo association consisting of 20 units. If the

I live in a condo association consisting of 20 units. If the boundaries of my unit and my neighbor's unit are not consistent with the exhibits in the Master Deed...does the association have the responsibility to re-survey and create new architectural drawings to be submitted for both unit signatures to agree upon the actual current floorplans...then the association proceeds to legally correct by amending the Master Deed with the new drawings?

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