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Recently, two very similar situations have arisen involving two unit condominiums in the state where I practice real estate law, Massachusetts. In each situation, my client wanted to do some necessary maintenance and repairs, and the other unit owners, probably for the same basic reasons, did not...
This is a phenomena which I must admit I did not expect. In my experience for the past 42 years as a Massachusetts real estate attorney, the general trend, for people who could afford it, was to BUY. Recent trends have tended to somewhat alter that notion. The threat of eliminating the deduction ...
Powers of Attorney emanated in feudal times, and were tied into hand-stamped documents and much formality. As our populations have grown more mobile, and people have crammed more hours into their working day, Powers of Attorney have taken on new significance as useful tools to complete real estat...
With Buyers having such a great sense of entitlement, and Sellers trying so hard to make their homes or units not susceptible to serious inspection issues, having a great handy-person at the "ready" has become more and more important to insure that deals "close" and do not fizzle after offers are...
Remember, I am a Massachusetts real estate attorney. I work with Buyers and Sellers, but I have no listings. It is almost a certainty that I never will. I have scratched and clawed my way to a pretty high position on the Massachusetts point gatherers. I will never, ever, catch the two or three le...
David Supple's firm is quickly becoming the "go-to" design firm in Massachusetts. Many of my clients and friends have worked with David, and they have been consistently impressed with his creativity and follow-through Kitchen Designer and Remodeler MA Is your kitchen old and outdated? Are you tir...
When I first started writing posts on ActiveRain, I had little or no focus. I knew that no one, and I mean no one, was reading my posts on "Realtors Resource Blog", the Wordpress blog which my son, David, helped me set up. It was like the old adage, "if a tree falls in the forest and there is no ...
In Massachusetts, where I have practiced real estate law for more than 40 years, "Registry Closings", so-called, have sometimes posed advantages. Because of long-honored custom and the general unwillingness of title companies to provide  "gap"coverage", having the closing take place at the Regist...
It is a fact of life, at least in Massachusetts where I have been practicing real estate law for the past 42 years,  that many Condominiums suffer from mismanagement.  I have posted before about despots as Trustees, and some of the cavalier approaches they have taken with regard to FNMA/FHLMC req...
I never really have viewed myself as an enabler. When I have friends or family with problems with alcohol or drugs, I have either helped with an intervention or conducted my own behavior so not as to tempt or encourage. I have never been as against anything in my life as domestic violence, and I ...

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