Many people in Pennsylvania think of owning a home as part of the American dream. For those who already own a home, they may wish to own other types of real estate property to provide passive or retirement income. Buyers often become so caught up in the excitement of this next chapter of their lives that they skip some of the due diligence or miss opportunities for negotiation.
When people in Pennsylvania saw the CNBC headline about Facebook's CEO suing hundreds of Hawaiians to force them off their property, it turned heads. However, a deeper look at the article, which included an amendment with the founder's statements on the matter, may tell a different story.
Property owners use quiet title actions for all sorts of disputes. In many cases when ownership of a property is contested, a Pennsylvania resident may file a quiet title action in court to obtain undisputed ownership of the property. These actions are used to clear away any doubt as to who owns the property, and can involve contesting the claims of other parties or simply demonstrating that no other party has a valid claim to the property.
Anyone involved in a real estate title dispute in Pennsylvania may have heard the recommendation that they file a "quiet title" action. A quiet title action is an extremely effective way of resolving all kinds of disputes involving title to real estate. But what is a "quiet title" action and why is it called a "quiet title" action?