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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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Reverse Mortgages: What You Should Know

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

If you’re older and have been in the same home for many years, you may have built up a large amount of equity in your home. If you find yourself in need of money, you may be considering taking advantage of this equity by taking out a reverse mortgage. Should serious health issues arise… Read More »

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Why is it Important to Ensure Your Contractor is Licensed?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Doing substantial renovations on your home requires you to make a lot of choices on what you want to change, how you want your home to look, and who you want to hire to help make it look that way. Finding the right balance of talent, reliability, and affordability in a contractor can be… Read More »

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Is It a Good Idea to Cosign a Loan?

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Annapolis real estate attorney Matthew S. Evans talks about the pros & cons of cosigning a loan.

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A Change in Loan Disclosure Requirements: What Buyers Should Know

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Annapolis real estate attorney Matthew Evans discusses new CFPB loan disclosure requirements to help buyers understand their new home mortgage loan.

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Matthew Evans Selected to Super Lawyers for Second Straight Year

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

Matthew S. Evans, III is proud to have been recently selected by Super Lawyers for a second straight year as a top rated Construction Litigation Attorney in Maryland for 2016. Only 5% of all attorneys in Maryland are selected as Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of top lawyers among 70 different… Read More »

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Buying a Home After a Bankruptcy

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

There is a pervasive myth that, once someone has filed for personal bankruptcy, they’ll never again have the creditworthiness to make major purchases or to obtain loans. However, this simply isn’t true. Some lending options are available to borrowers immediately after, or even prior to, discharge, and with careful credit and money management, home… Read More »

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Exculpatory Clauses in Leases: Crucial to Use, When Carefully Worded

By Matthew S. Evans, III. LLC |

An exculpatory clause is a portion of a lease that will absolve a landlord of liability for harm suffered by a tenant under certain circumstances. If you’re a property owner in Maryland, you may have heard conflicting answers on your ability to include exculpatory clauses in your leases. The short answer is, exculpatory clauses… Read More »

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