Category Archive for "Real Estate Blog"

Major Real Estate Law Changes 2015.

Major Real Estate Law Changes in 2015

January 3, 2015
Jack O'Donohue

Within the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act the CFPB was instructed to take the four disclosure forms received by Consumers when financing a home and combine them into one form in order to achieve better understanding and transparency.

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Fraud Dictionary - Image cred: NationalMortgageProfessional.com.

6 Types of Mortgage Fraud to Lookout For

February 17, 2014
Jack O'Donohue

I recently co-sponsored an educational event about Mortgage fraud. I researched the topic at length by interviewing colleagues, reading cases, and digesting other information I could find. Mortgage fraud is a major problem. It happens all of the time all over the country. The advice I give professionals in the real estate business is: think beyond due diligence.

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The Golden Opportunity: A Guide to the Section 8 Housing Program in Massachusetts

February 1, 2013
Jack O'Donohue

The Golden Opportunity: A Guide to the Section 8 Housing Program in Massachusetts from Jack O’Donohue

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Common Mistakes: A Practical Guide for the Massachusetts Landlord

January 25, 2013
Jack O'Donohue

The Condition of the Unit, The Application, Creating the Tenancy, Lead Paint, Security Deposits, Discrimination, Retaliation, The Notice to Quit, Summary Process Evictions, Contested Evictions, and Recovering Possession

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The Other Housing Crisis: Unaffordable Rent

January 13, 2013
Jack O'Donohue

We all know its expensive to live in this part of the country. The average rent in greater Boston has risen twice as fast as the national average.

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The Homestead Protection Law

January 13, 2013
Jack O'Donohue

An estate of homestead is only available for a persons primary residence. The new homestead law took effect on March 16, 2011.

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How Should We Take Title?

January 13, 2013
Jack O'Donohue

Many first-timers are purchasing homes with boyfriends, girlfriends, fiances, siblings, or friends. I recommend that you think about how you want to own the property with that person in advance of the closing.

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Why Do I Have To Sign A UFFI Certification?

January 12, 2013
Jack O'Donohue

Massachusetts General Laws c. 255, § 12(I) required that residential sellers disclose the presence of UFFI.UFFI was an insulation retrofit common in the 1970’s.

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