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Survey Finds That Millennials Want to Live In the Burbs

Survey Finds That Millennials Want to Live In the Burbs

By Jennifer Felten This month, the National Association of Home Builders published a survey about housing preferences for “millennials,” those born after 1977. The survey was designed to determine if this generation wanted to live in urban settings like downtown lofts, or if they had a preference to follow in the footsteps of the majority […]

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

Beauty is in the eye of the behold, even if it’s a melting house…seriously?

By Jennifer Felton An artist in London has generated a lot of attention by building a two story house in the middle of town that is slowly melting away. Erected as part of the art exhibit known as the Merge Festival, the house went up at the end of September and has been slowing melting […]

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

Family Claims to Have Been Tricked into Buying House Full of Poisonous Spiders

By Jennifer Felten “It was shortly after we moved in they started bleeding out of the walls,” recalls Brian Trost, the father of a family whose dream home turned into a nightmare. The “they” he is referring to are brown recluse spiders, a type of spider that is considered highly dangerous as their venom can […]

Employee convicted in short-sale scheme after bilking Bank of America for 5.7 million

Employee convicted in short-sale scheme after bilking Bank of America for 5.7 million

By Jennifer Felten A former Bank of America employee has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to taking more than $1.2 million in bribes to approve artificially low-price short sales of properties on which the bank held mortgages. In addition to the prison term, Kevin Lauricella was ordered to pay […]

Changing “husband and wife” to “spouse” in California’s legal code

Changing “husband and wife” to “spouse” in California’s legal code

By Jennifer Felten Senate Bill 1306 Amends California’s Statutory Marriage Rules and Terms The California Constitution and statutory law prior to July, 2014 said that the only valid and recognizable marriages are between a man and a woman. The Constitutional Provision, which was enacted in 2008 by Proposition 8, was subsequently held unenforceable by a […]

When a prescriptive easement is an easement

When a prescriptive easement is an easement

By Jennifer Felten Hoffman v. 162 North Wolfe LLC . This case involves a commercial transaction which occurred in 2010. The Hoffmans were the buyers in the transaction. Shortly after they purchased the property, the neighboring property owner, 162 North Wolfe LLC, claimed a landscape easement and prescriptive easement rights of ingress and egress over […]

Case of the Month–Mechanic’s Lien and the lender’s rights

Case of the Month–Mechanic’s Lien and the lender’s rights

By Jennifer Felten  The case resulted from the total default of a borrower on a real property in Los Angeles County. At the time of the default, the property was subject to a deed of trust and a mechanic’s lien, the mechanic’s lien being in lower priority than the deed of trust. Faced with foreclosure, […]

Landlord failed to disclose prior tenant was suspected serial killer

Landlord failed to disclose prior tenant was suspected serial killer

By Jennifer Felten Landlord’s Failure to Disclose Prior Events at a Property may Give Tenant Grounds to Terminate their Tenancy Disclosure, or the lack thereof, in residential real estate transactions is the source of the vast majority of disputes arising from such transactions. Unlike other areas of the law where the concept of caveat emptor […]

When a yard sale goes wrong

When a yard sale goes wrong

 By Jennifer Felten A woman in Horn Lake, Tennessee, learned an expensive lesson this summer when she put on a yard sale. The city has strict rules about advertising yard sales and she apparently violated them. In particular, the signs did not contain all of the information required for such advertising including the date of […]

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