ARTICLES

Know your waterfront property rights

May 4, 2018
Summer is on the horizon. In Michigan, thoughts may soon turn to spending time at your waterfront cottage, ready to enjoy a season on the beach and water. Read More

A checklist for subdividing real estate

March 16, 2018
Purchasing only part of an existing tract of real estate or subdividing an existing tract of real estate into two or more parcels makes a typical real estate transaction much more complex. Read More

Private road or private nightmare?

May 6, 2016
Our country has thousands of miles of private roads. Read More

Juice up your title insurance coverage

March 13, 2015
You're buying real estate. Read More

That includes the minerals, doesn’t it?

April 5, 2013
Most landowners assume when they buy real estate, it includes the subsurface oil, gas and other minerals. But is that really true? Read More

In this market, condo buyers beware

March 12, 2012

Failed residential and commercial condominium projects dot West Michigan. Unable to sell units, developers have had their loans called. Dozens, if not scores, of projects are now in the hands of mortgage lenders.

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Landlord Disclose contamination to New tenant or your lease may be void

March 13, 2011

The latest shocker from the Michigan Court of Appeals: If a landlord fails to disclose to a new tenant the existence of environmental contamination on the premises exceeding levels permitted by law, then the lease is void.

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Avoid pitfalls in buying distressed property in bankruptcy

August 19, 2009

Bankruptcy sale! Pay only cents on the dollar!

Buying real estate out of bankruptcy has real benefits: an opportunity to buy distressed property for a rock-bottom price; avoiding claims of the seller's creditors; cleansing title of liens and other defects through the bankruptcy process. But you must avoid the pitfalls.

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Six things you should know about business condos

May 21, 2009

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It’s essential to take a close look at the consequences of creating business condominiums.

A recent trend in today's commercial real estate markets is the creation of more and more business condominiums, i.e., the dedication of commercial buildings as condominiums, so that individual office or retail suites may be sold for occupancy or investment.

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