It used to be the norm that all parties to a transaction showed up to closing — at the same time, at the same title company, in the same room. Real estate agents, buyers, sellers, the settlement agent, and the lender would attend, and settlement was a formal event (formal attire and all!). Now … [Read more...] about SPLIT CLOSINGS: BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS
The COVID-19 crisis and accompanying stock market crash has many purchasers wondering whether there is a legal argument that would allow them to change the terms of their ratified contract or void it altogether, absent an addendum to the contract addressing the pandemic. If such an argument exists, … [Read more...] about COVID AND CONTRACT DEFENSES: CAN THE PANDEMIC EXCUSE PERFORMANCE OF A REAL ESTATE CONTRACT?
Here in the real estate world we often hear the terms “marketability” and “insurability” of title. And many of us do not understand the precise meaning of these words. That may just be because the meaning is not precise at all. Marketability The Virginia court defined the meaning of … [Read more...] about THE DEFINITION OF MARKETABILITY AND INSURABILITY (… AND IT’S EMBARRASSING!)