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Whistling Past The Graveyard: How Will Blockchain Disrupt The Real Estate Industry – And When?

Posted on by Phil Querin
The word “blockchain” is most frequently conjoined with terms such as “cryptocurrency” or “bitcoin”.  But it is much, much, more. However, for most people, including myself, understanding the inner workings of the blockchain concept is – to me at least ­– mind numbing; something [...]

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Residential Real Estate Dispute Resolution in Oregon

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Most folks don’t review their health and life insurance policies until they need to. The same holds true of the dispute resolution provisions of the statewide sale agreement. As long as there is no intractable dispute, it’s likely this section of the Sale Agreement is never reviewed. During [...]

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The FIRPTA Affidavit: A Buyer’s Only Safe Harbor

Posted on by Phil Querin
A Wrong-Headed Law? Most people have never heard of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act, commonly known as "FIRPTA" – unless they have been involved in the “disposition” (i.e. sale/purchase)[1] of U.S. real property from a “foreign person”.[2] The FIRPTA law says that if [...]

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Homebuyers – Get Off The Fence!

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When I first began practicing law – yes, in the Dark Ages – interest rates for a 30-year mortgage were 7.44%. By January 1980, they had climbed to 12.88%. Two years later, in 1982, they reached 17.48%. Despite some outliers, for the next four years, rates slowly declined to 10% range, and [...]

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QUERIN LAW: Co-ownership of Real Property in Oregon

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What follows is a brief summary of the various ways two or more persons can hold title to Oregon real estate. Note, the following information is not to be construed as legal advice or a solicitation for legal representation. It is informational only and not intended to replace legal or estate [...]

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Lying To The Court In The Age Of Instagram

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Instagram is a simple way to capture and share the world’s moments. Follow your friends and family to see what they’re up to…. [Instagram App on Google] Drats! Foiled Again!  It appears that social media, for all its oddities, can also prove that pictures are worth…well, thousands of [...]

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The Professional Inspection Report Conundrum

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[caption id="attachment_7773" align="alignleft" width="150"] Hand With Magnifying Glass Over House[/caption] The Licensed Professional Inspections portion of Section 10 of the 2018 OREF Statewide Residential Sale Agreement form, contains the following provision: Buyer shall not provide all or [...]

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Planned Communities, Townhomes and Condominiums – What’s The Difference?

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While most people are familiar with condominium structures, can the same be said of townhome developments? How do the two differ? Do townhomes have common and limited elements? What if the home is not a condo or townhome, but located in a “planned community”? How do planned communities differ [...]

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Available Mortgage Interest Deduction under Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (“TCJA”)

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As most taxpayers know by now, the TCJA reduced the available mortgage interest deduction from $1,000,000, to $750,000.[1] Essentially, if one bought a home today and financed $1,000,000 of the purchase price[2] interest on only $750,000 of the loan would be deductible. That’s pretty [...]

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Easement Essentials For Oregon Homeowners

Posted on by Phil Querin
Generally. An easement, in its most common and basic sense, is a right of use, e.g. to cross another’s land, to lay utility and sewer lines, to provide or share use for ingress and egress to one or more properties, etc. Most easements are “appurtenant”, that is, the landowner with the [...]

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