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What is the Process for Obtaining a Zoning Variance?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

When purchasing commercial real estate with the intention of using it for a new business, it can be difficult to find a property that perfectly suits your needs. You may find the ideal property, only to learn that the parcel’s zoning requirements would prevent you from designing the ideal structure to house your business…. Read More »

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Investing In Commercial Real Estate for the First Time

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Perhaps you’ve long wanted to generate a revenue stream from real estate investments and finally have the capital to do so, or perhaps your investments have so far been more hands-off, but you’ve found an opportunity to buy that’s too good to pass up. Real estate can be a stable investment alternative to an… Read More »

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Reverse Mortgage Companies Issued Major Fine for Deceptive Practices

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We have previously discussed the merits and risks of reverse mortgages in a prior post on our blog. While much of the negative reputation that reverse mortgage purveyors carry is outdated, there are still numerous risks involved in taking out a reverse mortgage on the equity you’ve built up in your home. In order… Read More »

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Disclosure Obligations in a Maryland Home Sale

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

If you’re attempting to sell a home or condo in Maryland, you want your home to appear perfect and move-in ready to potential buyers, so that you can get the sale price you feel that you deserve. Defects in your home, even if they’re small and inconsequential, could scare off skittish buyers, so disclosing… Read More »

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New Federal Rules on Discrimination in Housing, with Impact on HOAs, Established

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

On October 14, 2016, new rules created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the topic of harassment in housing entered into effect. These rules define the claim of “hostile environment harassment” and establish a protocol for how such claims should be handled. For years, homeowners and tenants who believed they… Read More »

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New Law regarding Quiet Title About to Take Effect in Maryland

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As we discussed in a prior post, there are three types of real estate deeds, each offering the deed-holder different rights and degrees of ownership of the property described. There are times when an owner discovers that they do not, in fact, hold a general warranty deed, but believe that they are entitled to… Read More »

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Is a Short Sale a Good Option for Me?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

If you’re in the market for a new home in Maryland, you may have seen homes listed as “short sales,” but you may not have had a chance to learn more about how these sales differ from conventional home sales. In a future post, we’ll explain why a seller might consider short sale or… Read More »

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What is the difference between a General Warranty Deed and a Special Warranty Deed?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

If you’re planning to purchase a property, it’s important to know the difference among the types of instruments that can convey title to a property. The three instruments most commonly used to convey title are the general warranty deed, special warranty deed, and quitclaim deed. Read on to learn more about the similarities and… Read More »

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Court Stops Homeowner Association from Banning Delinquent Unit Owners from Common Areas

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

In a recent opinion from the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the justices imposed limits on the means by which the board of directors of a condominium complex could collect HOA fees. While the opinion was not published, meaning that the case cannot be relied upon as settled law in the future, the opinion… Read More »

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Should My Building Be LEED-Certified?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

If you’re a construction manager or developer in Maryland, you’ve definitely heard of LEED certification. If you’re about to begin a new project, or are considering renovations on an existing building, you may be wondering if your building should become LEED-certified. Read on to learn about the basics of LEED certification and the benefits… Read More »

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