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Think carefully when you are buying commercial real estate

We've discussed various real estate issues in our past few blogs. Each of these issues is something that can cause you problems when you are trying to purchase property for your business. We know that you want to make the best decisions for your company, and we understand this.

Read the clauses in a commercial rental lease before signing

Commercial real estate transactions can be tricky, especially for a new business owner. You have to carefully scrutinize the leases that come with rental spaces for businesses because there are often clauses that could cost you considerable money. We understand that you might not know what you need to check for, so we are here to help you out.

The basics of the Fair Housing Act

April is Fair Housing Awareness month, which is a great time to touch on some basics of the Fair Housing Act, which can have some implications for those involved in real estate transactions. The Fair Housing Act covers a lot of residential buildings, though some single-home and smaller units that are occupied by owners are exempt. One of the major purposes of the act is to ensure that access to housing is not impeded because of someone's religion, race, ethnicity, gender, age or other such factor.

3 reasons not to fight eminent domain battles alone

Eminent domain issues arise for small businesses or residents who own property that public agencies are looking to develop for various projects. When faced with an offer from such agencies, many people don't know that they have rights and options. While avoiding eminent domain completely is difficult, it does happen. Even if you end up selling your property, you certainly don't have to accept a bottom-barrel offer. By working with an experienced law firm, you can protect your interests.

3 reasons for legal backup during real estate transactions

It's possible to buy or sell real estate without a dedicated attorney, though you usually need someone with legal credentials to step in for the final documents. Even though that's the case, we don't recommend working without a legal safety net -- aka an experienced professional on your side -- because there are any number of things that can go wrong in the process.

What are some common lease terms in commercial contracts?

Whether you're leasing commercial property to businesses or signing an agreement on new property so your company can take root in the neighborhood, it's important to understand some basic elements of your contract. Commercial leases can get incredibly complex, so you might want to have a business and commercial law professional help you with negotiations, but it's still critical to know what common terms you might see.

The advantages of staging your home

When you are looking to sell your home, the process can seem daunting, and everyday tasks like preparing the empty house for prospective buyers can be easy to let go as you try to deal with the paperwork and other requirements that come with selling a property. It's understandable that it happens, but it is also imperative that homeowners realize how important the staging and presentation of a house can be. After all, even if you are a little too busy to stage everything for yourself, you can always find a realtor who understands the advantages it brings and who works with you to make sure it gets done.

Your home-based business might not be legal

Most people know when they start a business outside of the home that zoning laws apply. You can't start farming in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and you can't buy a warehouse in the middle of a crowded industrial district and open up shop as a retail clothing store without a lot of research into zoning requirements. While you do have some leeway in your own home, some things aren't allowed depending on where you live.

What is trespassing in the context of real estate?

Trespassing itself is a varied concept that means slightly different things depending on the context in which it is used. When most people think of trespassing, however, they are thinking of it with regard to real estate. In this context, it means that someone comes onto the land or property of another without the consent of the owner. Trespassing can become both a civil or a criminal matter.

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