Real Estate


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act

In 1975, Congress enacted the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA). The statute can be found at 12 U.S.C.S. § 2801.

Land Installment Contracts

A land installment contract, also known as a contract for deed, is a financing mechanism where title to real property remains in the seller until the buyer has paid the sale price of the property in full. The buyer is required to pay the sale price in installments over a period of years.

Life Estates

Generally, when a grantor transfers land to a grantee, the grantee receives the entire right and title to the property, without limitations. Sometimes, however, the grantor chooses to limit the grantee’s right to the use and enjoyment of the land by creating a life estate. A life estate is an estate in land that ends when a named person dies. It is used primarily for estate planning as a device to allow successive ownership of the land.

Mortgage Servicing

Jason just settled on his first home. During the closing Jason received a document that discussed mortgage servicing. In essence, the document indicated that Jason’s lender transferred 99.9% of the loans it originated in the last year to another entity. And, just yesterday, Jason received a notice from his lender of its intention to sell his loan. What does all of this mean?

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which can be found at 42 U.S.C.S. § 9601 et seq., imposes liability on property owners for the cleanup of environmental hazards. Notably, liability accrues under the law even where the property owner was not the cause of the contamination.