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Title Insurers Are Not Hi…

Title Insurers Are Not High on Marijuana

Because it protects buyers, sellers and lenders alike, title insurance is an integral part of every real estate transaction. While we at Wright Beamer regularly deal in real estate law and are well-versed in the documentation involved, one title insu…
Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

I have a client who recently moved from his own home into assisted living.  He’s not likely to return home to live, yet he does not want to sell.  This is not an uncommon situation in my practice.  One of the concerns for my clients who find the…
Uncle Sam Wants You!

Uncle Sam Wants You!

(To Report Cash Transactions) I once facilitated a closing in which my clients sold a very modest home to a young couple for $10,000.  What made this transaction interesting was that the couple paid for the house with cash, all in small bills.  I s…
Changes to the Michigan L…

Changes to the Michigan Land Division Act

While a great deal of Michigan has long since been divided and subdivided into “platted” lands for homesites and commercial development, most of the state continues to be made up of land that has never been platted.   The Michigan Land Division…
You Can Only Have One

You Can Only Have One

Michigan law generally defines your principal residence as the one place you own to which, whenever you leave, you intend to return. As such, your principal residence will be deemed exempt from certain school taxes upon the filing of the requisite …
Buying or Selling a Home…

Buying or Selling a Home This Summer?

Judging from our workload, real estate sales are very hot at the moment. If you are in the middle of a real estate transaction or a real estate transaction is in your future, here are a few things to keep in mind. We are hearing a lot about the sca…
You Lied to Me!

You Lied to Me!

Home buyers don’t like when they discover problems with the home they bought, and who can blame them? But, not every problem is the responsibility of the seller. I’ve had two clients recently contacted by buyers looking for money based on alleged…
Renting Out Your Home –…

Renting Out Your Home – There Are Rules!

My husband, Tim, and I regularly head up north to visit my family.  We usually bivouac at one of my brother’s homes, but that’s not possible when the whole clan is in town.  On those grand occasions, several of us will rent a house together, wh…
Goodbye, Dower

Goodbye, Dower

Michigan’s lame duck legislature passed another notable statute that attempts to abolish dower in our state. “Dower” is about as obscure as it sounds, and it has little relevance in today’s society. It’s a legal concept borrowed from Britis…
Michigan Recording Fees C…

Michigan Recording Fees Changed as of October 1, 2016

Pursuant to Article 7 of the Michigan Constitution, each of Michigan’s 83 counties is required to have a register of deeds. With offices located in each county seat, the register of deeds is responsible for recording “instruments” (documents) i…