Join the 9 million people who found a smarter way to get Expert help

Recent real estate law questions

My relationship w/my neighbor has been decent 3 years I've

My relationship w/my neighbor has been decent for the 3 years I've lived next door. Earlier this year I proposed and then paid for half of the cost of removing 2 of his trees that he didn't like located near what he has ALWAYS maintained is the property line. This line consists of small shrubs (about 5' high) planted in a row between our lawns. I didn't like the 2 trees either, especially after one of them caused over $1,000 in damage to my backyard following a windstorm and was essentially dead-standing (after much debate, I finally got him to agree to pay for half of the damage. He maintained that while he was sorry it happened, he didn't feel he should have to pay anything). It was agreed upon that removal of the trees would be of mutual benefit. I told him that once the trees were down I intended to remove the shrubs (which he said he didn't care for anyway) and then put a fence up on what he asserted was property line, and he frequently proclaimed that he was "excited" for the privacy. The fence is now up (about 1 month). I also paid to have another one of his trees downed that was near the front yard property line because I am putting tall privacy shrubs from the end of the fence to the end of our lawns. He also proclaimed that he was "excited" for this privacy too, which would be of mutual benefit. I have not yet put the shrubs in but intended to do so next month. I would like to note that I make all the offers and I pay for everything - fence, shrubs, all at my cost with agreed upon mutual privacy. The reason I offered to pay for half of the 2 trees that were downed was because he is very cheap.Now, after a weekend BBQ with his father in law, a contractor, he is now complaining and threatening to sue because he claims my fence is a few inches over what he asserts to be the property line. He is planning to put an addition on his home and he is concerned about "needing every inch" (our homes are over 200 feet apart). The cost of the fence was $8,000 and the planned shrubs, which I am not doing as I am now expecting a letter in the mail, will cost over $4,000. I am making a sizable investment in privacy that was agreed to be of mutual benefit. What do I do?This seems very, very unfair to me. I have always been nice to him, and offered to pay for things and now he is being a snake. I am, however, fearful that I will be screwed if the line is over further than we thought. I do not want to lose my financial investment (I can't afford it). Thank you so very much for your time.

Read more

Loren

Juris Doctor

 
34,652 satisfied customers
I own a home in Orlando that the mortgage was paid off in

I own a home in Orlando that the mortgage was paid off in 2003 my wife died in 2013 and I remarried in 2015. I have been letting my step-son live there rent free since October. This was so he could payoff some students.We signed a noterized paper saying he could live there rent free and we would sell him the home at a later date. The home appraises for $285,000. My wife has now decided I don't have enough money for her so she plans to leave me plus she wants me to sell him the house for $200,000That is all the loan he can qualify for. She will live her but stays in a separate part of the home until I sell him the house. Since my name is ***** ***** one on the deed and I have owned the house since 1995, which r my options. How do I get arouned the noterized note plus how can I move back into my home with him living there. How do I save my home.

Read more

Irwin Law

Juris Doctor JD

 
8,074 satisfied customers
I own 6 acres of land in the woods (this is in a HOA) the

Good Evening,I own 6 acres of land in the woods (this is in a HOA) the land is in front on a little lake. The easement is in my property and is for a right of way to the other neighbors to access the lake. The deed says I am the owner. The Association says they own it and want to clear the easement of trees etc and want to built a dock. I pay taxes on the land where the easement is and the survey shows that the easement is within the boundaries of my property. Can the Association do what they want and are they co-owners of the easement? This is in Michigan in Gladwin County

Read more

William B. Esq.

Attorney

Doctoral Degree

 
18,506 satisfied customers
I would like to know how we can add a dock easement to our

I would like to know how we can add a dock easement to our home real estate deed. Be it a note referring to the dock or some kind of reference to said dock.About 4-5 years back I went to the town to ask them for dock space on a strip of land they own due to a tax lien deed they obtained in 2004. The town does have a Tax collector's deed to this land and many people over the years have put docks on various parts of this land prior and since the town took possession. The land is on a Lake in the town of Northwood, New Hampshire of which we own a house close to the land. The town never did anything to stop people from building these docks nor did they do anything to document said docks. A select few of the docks have been there for possibly 20 years (adverse possession). The town and previous owner (Bain) just seemed to let things be and nobody paid taxes on said land.About 4-5 years ago I went to the town to ask for some dock space. The town Administrator told me they always meant to do something about the land (docks/use) since they obtained the land but never did. I volunteered to document all the docks and the people who use them and the Administrator agreed. I work with him on this for the next couple months. I found that some people received access easement deeds from the previous owner before/during the time he (Bane) was going to lose the land. The previous owner also attempted to give the land as a gift to the town in lieu of the taxes owed (town declined). I also found parts of the said land that were not being used. I documented every access easement, every dock not under easement but being used and all areas not in use. I submitted my maps/documents/findings to the administrator and was told I could use one of the unused areas and if anyone had a problem to come see him. We worked out an easement deed which states exactly where "my spot" is located. The easement was sent to the town lawyers but was never signed but we still agreed to my use of said area. The administrator told me this area has been a mess for years and was in part documented as stated in 1996 which reads as follows:From Board of Selectmen 1996"Two reasons prompt me to give you my opinion that it would not be worth accepting the proposed gift. First, the combat over temperament of the combatants, regardless of what the courts says. Our police department will probably continue to have to try to keep the peace, and I think it would only muddy the waters and bring on additional headaches for us if we were to end up being an owner of the strip of land that is crossed by all these people. Second, while the Banes are obviously looking to get some sort of tax benefit out of deeding to the Town's title to the strip of land itself, the value of the gift to us is highly questionable, where it would be encumbered by so many easements of individuals to cross the strip to get to their respective docks."After such time of this document from the Board of Selectmen, the town did take possession of the land via a Tax Collector's Deed in 2004, as I stated.After my work with the Administrator, the Town Assessor was tasked to resolve/document the lot/areas in question (LOT 8, Map108). I was given use of this land and have since been paying taxes on said use. This land is now listed on my Tax papers with a value of $12,000. I had a meeting with the Administrator and Assessor a few days ago to go over this. I then asked him if my access deed could be signed but because of the issue stated above: In turn he said, "This paper (pointing to my tax document) gives you the right to be there and this paper (the access deed I wrote out) tells people exactly where your dock in use is." Everything is filed together in LOT 8's file with the town.Now I am wondering if there is some way I can refer to this property in my current home deed.Thank you, Tom

Read more

Barrister

Attorney/Landlord/Realtor

Doctoral Degree

 
44,784 satisfied customers
What is the proper term your signature on a document and is

What is the proper term for revoking your signature on a document and is there an authority by which you can?

Read more

Ely

Counselor at Law

Juris Doctor

 
62,084 satisfied customers
I live in Minnesota,am a us citizen and bought a house here

I live in Minnesota,am a us citizen and bought a house here in 2010 . I am not legally separated from my husband who is flilipino but we have been separated since 10 years ago.I am now selling my house but the title company says they have to withhold a certain percentage to the irs for his part. Is there anyway i can get them not to do that.?

Read more

Irwin Law

Juris Doctor JD

 
8,074 satisfied customers
I own two lots in a subdivison in maine. The owner of the

I own two lots in a subdivison in Perry maine. The owner of the two adjoining lots bought those lots with it clearly stating the common right of way shared by my two lots and his top lot are transferred to him with the other lot ( lower) has a right of way to it that has existed for years.He is trying to get the town to grant him a permit to go thru his top lot to the lower lot thus increasing traffic down the common right of way past my house. When I bought my lots it was obvious that the was a common right of way to his top lot was secure as was the right of way to his bottom lot. ant thoughts?

Read more

Barrister

Attorney/Landlord/Realtor

Doctoral Degree

 
44,784 satisfied customers
If I want to move in my house that's being rented how do I

if I want to move in my house that's being rented how do I go about that

Read more

Barrister

Attorney/Landlord/Realtor

Doctoral Degree

 
44,784 satisfied customers
State of Nevada Real Estate Law on taking Possession of Tax

State of Nevada Real Estate Law on taking Possession of Tax Deed Sale Property> I am the owner/builder/ occupant of tax sale property. Want to have a legal understanding of my property rights. Thanks in advance for your expertise in this area.

Read more

TJ, Esq.

Juris Doctor (JD)

 
10,162 satisfied customers
View more real estate law questions

How JustAnswer Works

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Pay nothing to your Expert if you're not satisfied.

In The News