To SPDS or Not to SPDS: Is the Standard Disclosure Form in the Best Interest of Sellers?
It is a common misconception that a seller's completion of the Arizona Association of Realtor's Seller Property Disclosure Statement ("SPDS") is required by law and will eliminate litigation regarding non-disclosure. The Arizona Association of Realtor's form residential purchase contract—the most commonly used form purchase contract in the state— requires the seller to complete and deliver a SPDS … Read More
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Top Tips About Binding Arbitration Clauses
When faced with a contract dispute, parties frequently hire attorneys and use the court system to resolve their dispute. However, there is an alternative dispute mechanism - Binding Arbitration - which is available to resolve disputes if the parties have already agreed to use that method of dispute resolution. In boilerplate contract language, binding arbitration provisions may exist. Such … Read More
Letter of Intent
In a typical residential sales transaction, the first formal document usually exchanged is an offer, usually by the buyer to the seller. The seller then either accepts or submits a counter-offer, and back and forth it goes until one side either accepts the other's counter-offer or calls off the negotiations. Upon the acceptance being communicated the two sides have successfully entered into a legally binding … Read More
Confirm Your Easement Access
Have you purchased or handled a sale of rural land with a winding, dusty private driveway that crossed neighboring property once or twice before reaching the public road? Did you compare that driveway with the property deed, to see if the deed included an "easement" for the driveway? Did the legal description of the easement actually match the driveway's layout? When you are buying unimproved land, it is essential … Read More
How Domestic Partners Can Hold Title to Property in Arizona
In today's world, fewer marriages exist and more people are cohabitating in committed relationships for various reasons.
Arizona's community property laws do not apply to the ownership of real property between unmarried individuals. This limits the way in which title can be held, but also raises additional issues, such as what happens to the property upon the death of one of the individuals.
If two people … Read More
Why Bother Recording Your Judgement?
For years, one of the easiest ways to be paid on your judgment was to record your judgment with the County Recorder. By recording your judgment, it would become a lien against any real property owned in the county by your judgment debtor. Whenever the judgment debtor sold or refinanced their house, you would receive a call from the title company wanting to know how much it would cost for you to release your … Read More
Dog Bites Landscaper! (What should you do?)
If a customer's dog bites you, a landscaper, pest control operator, utility worker or other worker that has a legitmate and legal reason to access someone's property, the first thing to do is seek medical attention! After receiving medical care, you might want to think about this: who should pay for medical care? In most cases, the dog's owner will be liable for damages, but that will depend upon a couple of … Read More
Arizona Court of Appeals Decision Adds Confusion to the Interpretation of the Anti-Deficiency Statutes
In a decision issued on December 27, 2011, the Arizona Court of Appeals held that Arizona's anti-deficiency statute applies to debtors who purchase vacant land with the intent to reside on the property upon completion of construction of a home even if they do not complete construction or actually occupy the property.
In M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank v. Mueller, 1 CA-CV 10-0804, the debtors purchased a … Read More
When The Left Hand Is Not The Same As The Right
It is commonplace for an owner of real estate to convey their property from one entity that they own or control to another that they also own or control. There are many reasons for such transfers, including, most commonly, the desire to hold a particular property in a "single purpose entity" in order to satisfy a lender's requirement, or to attempt to shield the asset from potential creditors of the … Read More
The Workout Alternative
During the real estate "boom" years, the only time that the word "workout" ever entered the mind of real estate developers and investors, was when they were deciding which posh health club to join, at which they could spend some of the wealth they were accumulating through the rampant escalation of prices of real estate. Now that the real estate market is well into a period of diminishing values, those same … Read More