Easements and restrictive covenants are common in real estate. They both concern the uses of the land. In some ways, the two can be similar. Many people think of easements as a mechanism that allows someone the use of a property for a specified purpose. While that is true, there are several different types of […]
When purchasing a home it is important to determine whether any easements exist that encumber your land. Easements grant a third party (“easement holder”) a non-possessory interest in your land. Utility easements are maintained by utility companies for the benefit of other properties and restrict the owner’s use of the land in several ways.
Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life. So before you jump in, you should know a little bit about how real estate transactions are conducted in Georgia. Here are just 3 things you should know about Georgia’s rules when it comes to real estate closings.
If you are looking to buy a home and your credit score is poor or you don’t have adequate funds for a down payment, your financing options may be limited. A lease purchase contract is one alternative that may facilitate a purchase when the buyer cannot secure a mortgage from a lender.
Several legal doctrines permit individuals who do not own title to a specific piece of land to acquire ownership of that land by operation of the law. One such method of land acquisition is adverse possession. The specific laws of adverse possession vary considerably from state to state.
If you have lost your home to foreclosure due to failure to pay property taxes, the most pressing question you probably have is, “Can I get my house back?” If you live in Georgia, to answer that question you need to understand a little bit about the right of redemption.
The purchase contract for a home generally includes certain contingencies that must be satisfied for the transaction to be finalized. These contingencies are intended to protect the buyer. If a contingency has not been met, then the buyer can typically exit the contract without a penalty.
Landowners in Georgia are deemed to have certain rights to water. The courts have established that water is an aspect of private property that is subject to its own form of protection. The rights of ownership to water depends on the type of body of water and whether the water is used as a boundary.
If a barking dog, too many cars on your street, or water runoff from your neighbor’s yard are irking you, you may be wondering if there is anything you can legally do to remove or stop the offending behavior. These situations are regarded as nuisances and the law may protect you in some circumstances.
If you are fairly familiar with real estate terms you’ve probably heard of easements. But what is a “quasi-easement”? In Georgia, a quasi-easement is an easement that is implied from a prior or existing use of property.