Real Estate Law

Residential Real Estate – Buyer Beware

March 26, 2018
Posted in Real Estate Law

You worked hard to save up for a down payment, you received your pre-approval from the lender, and you are ready to put in your offer, but regardless of whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned real estate investor, if you don’t do your due diligence, that dream home can became […]

International Property Maintenance Code

November 20, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

In September of 2017, the Commonwealth Court decided the City of Williamsport Bureau of Codes vs. DeRaffele.  The City cited one of its residents for a violation of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code.  In 2003, the City adopted a version of the code by ordinance, and the ordinance referenced all subsequent changes to the […]

Driverless Vehicles Driving Change in Real Estate?

October 4, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Five years ago, autonomous vehicles were merely a concept from some futuristic sci-fi film; however, today, driverless vehicles are already being tested on roads and companies are ready to implement driverless technology on a large scale. This innovation will not only impact the auto industry, but will also have substantial effects on real estate. Thus, […]

Zoned Here For The Beer

August 29, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Armed with brewing talent, a good business sense, and an inherent love of “good beer,” microbrewers are obtaining brewery licenses and moving their basement operations into the cities, suburbs, and rural landscapes across Pennsylvania.  In expanding their operations, brewers need a location that will permit their honed brewing process and accommodate their larger equipment, but […]

Philadelphia Tax Abatements

June 28, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

If you are in the market to purchase residential, commercial, or industrial real estate in Philadelphia, or if you already own property in the city and are considering a renovation, you should understand the property tax abatements (“PTAs”) specific to Philadelphia. Many people, realtors included, believe that only new construction is eligible for a PTA. […]

Protect Your Project From Being Sidelined By Procedural Challenges

April 10, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Developers throughout the Commonwealth devote immense amounts of time and money in their projects; don’t let a procedural defect derail all of your hard work. In Pennsylvania, the Municipalities Planning Code (the “MPC”) gives municipalities authority to enact zoning ordinances governing land use within the municipality. Developers must satisfy the requirements set forth in the […]

Buying or Selling a House? A New Act May Help Eliminate Potential Pitfalls

February 13, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

The Amended Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act (“Act”) took effect on January 2, 2017. This act will be very helpful for people who are buying or selling real property. Many municipalities have ordinances that require an inspection prior to the sale of a property. Different municipalities have different standards. Some do a thorough inspection […]

New Changes to Pennsylvania’s Mechanic’s Lien Law will Impact some Construction Projects

January 17, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Amendments to the Pennsylvania Mechanic’s Lien Law, known as Act 142, which took effect January 1, 2017, spawned the Pennsylvania State Construction Notices Directory (“the Directory”) and new notice provisions. The new provisions will definitely impact construction projects costing a minimum of $1.5 Million and the process by which liens are perfected. The Directory: Now […]

Zoning – Art or Science

November 29, 2016
Posted in Real Estate Law

When presenting an application before a local zoning hearing board, I believe that it is decidedly more art than science.  Although every lawyer presenting a case should be sufficiently familiar with the legal principles involved, it is more important that the lawyer and applicant work on techniques to persuade people, rather than sophisticated legal issues.  […]

Don’t Forget the Muffins

November 1, 2016
Posted in Real Estate Law

People move in to the neighborhood.  The best intentions of walking over with baked goods and making an introduction just fade into the obligatory wave as we drive past each other.  Garage doors open and close behind our cars as we tunnel into the house. You then want to build an addition or install that […]

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