Real property includes any land, whether improved with a building or not. Issues like buying, selling, leasing, or improving a home and obtaining zoning variance or permitting for home improvement are critical to “get right the first time” in order to assure full enjoyment of one’s home for decades to come.
Real Estate and Property Law is the legal area covering federal statutes and a combination of state statutes and common law dealing with real estate, real property, property rights and interests, buying and selling real property, homeowner’s rights, landlords and rental property, renters’ and tenants’ rights, and much more. It governs personal interests in property, such as rights of ownership, establishing property title, requirements in sales and transfers of property, and settlement of claims against property. It also covers property development, agricultural concerns, zoning and property land use, real estate lending, and foreclosures. This area of law can be very complex as state laws often differ significantly from state to state, and even from city to city.
Real estate attorneys commonly draft deeds, file liens, handle real estate closings, negotiate leases, and also handle disputes involving foreclosures, receivership, real estate sales contracts, housing discrimination, leases, loans, boundary and title disputes, and zoning.
Since about 2007, foreclosures have been filed in greater numbers than ever before, cutting across all social and financial strata. One’s home is almost always the largest and most important investment of one’s lifetime. It is common knowledge that lenders and banks have been guilty of all manner of fraudulent and illegal foreclosure proceedings. It only makes sense to seek competent counsel to level the playing field in defense of one’s home, regardless of the homeowner’s default.