Real Estate Newsletters

Land Sale Scams

A land sale scam, sometimes referred to as a dirt pile scam, refers to any transaction in which a seller of property convinces a buyer to buy property with a low value or no value for an excessive price.

Percolation Tests

A percolation test, or "perc test," is performed on undeveloped land in order to determine whether the land is absorbent enough to support the installation of a septic system. Typically, the test is performed by a hydraulic engineer.

Prohibition of Discrimination in the Sale or Rental of Real Estate

The Fair Housing Act, which can be found at 42 U.S.C.S. § 3601 et seq., prohibits discrimination in the sale or rental of real estate on certain enumerated bases.

Radon Gas Tests

The existence of radon gas in a home is a health hazard. In residential real estate transactions, it is not uncommon for standard real estate contracts to contain a clause that makes the buyer's consummation of the transaction contingent upon the home passing a radon gas test.

Reasonable Dispatch Service -- A Mover's Obligation to Deliver

When a homeowner or a tenant enters into a contract with a mover to transport furniture and furnishings out of state, those federal laws and the regulations adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) come into play. The FMCSA requires a mover to transport a shipment with "reasonable dispatch."