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Appraisal methods for commercial real estate


Commercial real estate disputes often require one or more determinations of the value of the land at issue. While each appraiser in the Philadelphia area has his or her own unique methods, appraisal methods in general are governed by the rules and ethical standards promulgated by the American Society of Appraisers. At the heart of the appraisal discipline lie three so-called "approaches to value."

Zoning Board rejects church's plan for veterans' boarding house


In our last post, we discussed the nature of a variance, a type of permit that allows a land owner to deviate from the literal terms of a zoning ordinance if the land owner can prove undue hardship. A recent decision of the Pottstown Zoning Board to deny an application for several variances demonstrates how the an application for a variance can engender a bitter real estate dispute.

What is a mechanic's lien?


Many small business owners and homeowners in Philadelphia have had the nightmarish experience of receiving a written notice that a mechanic's lien has been filed against their property and may be sold if the lien is not satisfied. Occasionally, property owners will receive more than one such notice with respect to the same project. The recipients of such notices may then ask two questions: 1. What is a mechanic's lien? And 2. What do I do about it?

What you need to know about construction defects


Construction defects situations can be extremely troubling for families and, unfortunately for homeowners, may also be complex. Because of the understandable importance of a family home, it is equally important that homeowners are well informed in circumstances when construction defects threaten the safety and integrity of their home.

What is an action to quiet title?


Individuals who have an ownership claim to a piece of property in Pennsylvania may have questions about the title to the property and what the implications of having a clear title to a piece of property are. The title to a piece of property is important because it demonstrates who has legal ownership of a piece of property and the right to use the property.

Understanding breach of contract and possible remedies


At the heart of most real estate deals is a contract and at the heart of most real estate disputes is oftentimes a breach of contract. Contracts commonly underlie a variety of business transactions, including real estate transactions, and contract breaches impact a number of business transactions. Contracts are found everywhere in everyday life. Because of the prominence of contracts is nearly every business transaction, it is important to understand how contracts are formed, and can be breached, and what to do in circumstances of a contract dispute.

What is an action to quiet title in Pennsylvania?


Owners, purchasers and sellers of real property in Pennsylvania have a strong interest in making sure that the title to the property is free of any defects or competing claims. A cloud on the title can hold up a sale or refinancing. Title insurance provides some protection, but the insurer may refuse to issue a title insurance policy on the property if there is a title defect or unresolved claim.

We can help with Philadelphia real estate partition actions


In Philadelphia it is very common for two or more people to own a parcel of real estate jointly. Co-ownership of real property can come about for a variety of reasons. An unmarried couple may have purchased the property together as a place to live. Siblings may have jointly inherited the property through a will or trust. Or a group of people or entities may have purchased the property jointly in furtherance of a business venture.

Why to enlist legal help when facing a real estate dispute


Everyone has heard the horror story of the real estate dispute that stretched on for years or even decades before being resolved. This is something the legal team at Avallone Law Associates will do everything to avoid. Real estate disputes are complicated and often involve a lot of paperwork and research. Let us get to the bottom of the dispute knowledgably and efficiently.

What are the potential legal actions from a breach of contract?


Good relations between parties to a contract can turn sour quickly during real estate disputes. There is often a misunderstanding between the parties regarding the language of their contract. It is also possible that one of the contracting parties is willingly breaking the terms of the contract. This situation can arise when a tenant is breaking their rental lease agreement.

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