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Uh oh, I bought contaminated land: Who must pay cleanup costs?

Question "I just bought a piece of land to build a house on, but the construction crew has unearthed some buried garbage, and it's seeping an awful...

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Legal Remedies If A Home Seller Lies or Conceals a Defect in Michigan

There is nothing more exciting than moving in to your newly purchased house, unpacking your boxes, hanging your pictures, and making it your home.

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Legal Options If a Home Seller Lies or Conceals a Defect in Colorado

Savvy home buyers often try to learn as much as possible about the physical condition of the property before closing, typically relying on information...

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Tax Reasons to Keep Good Records of Home Improvements

"Basis" is an important tax word that every homeowner should know. It simply means the monetary value of a property for tax purposes.

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Legal Remedies Against a Builder in Washington for New-Home Defects

As a Washington homebuyer, you might choose to purchase a newly constructed home with no prior residents rather than a home from a seller who has been...

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Legal Remedies If a Home Seller Lies or Conceals a Defect in Washington

Picture this: You found your dream home in Washington State and put in an offer.

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Legal Remedies If A Home Seller Lies or Conceals a Defect in Indiana

If you’re an Indiana home buyer and have only recently discovered defects in the property, which you suspect arose before the sale but that neither ...

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Preparing a Home Inventory in Case Your Property Gets Damaged or Stolen

If your home is struck by a burglary, fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster, one of the first questions you will be asked is, "What property wa...

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Buyer's Legal Remedies Against Indiana Builders for New-Home Defects

Mark and Valerie bought a new home in an Indiana subdivision in the early spring. In late May, while they were away for the holiday weekend, it rained...

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Home Defects in New York: What Can a Buyer Do?

You’ve recently purchased your dream home in New York.

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New-Home Construction Defects in Illinois: Buyer's Rights Against the Builder

You’ve purchased a brand new home directly from a builder in Illinois, but after a few days, weeks.

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Legal Remedies If A Home Seller Lies or Conceals a Defect in Illinois

What if the house you just purchased suddenly springs a leak, or you find termites lurking underneath new siding, or a family member becomes ill from ...

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Wind and Rain Damage to Fences in California: Sources of Recovery

When winter weather hits California, wind and rain can damage property owners fences.

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New-Home Defects: Holding Your Builder Responsible

Were you among those unhappy buyers of newly built homes who discovered, upon moving or soon after, that not everything was in working order -- or...

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Lead Paint in Your Home

Prior to 1978, lead was a common additive in many household paints. It was banned that year because it can cause significant health problems in childr...

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Hurricanes and Flood Insurance: What Homeowners Should Know

Many homeowners learn far too late that their homeowners' insurance does not cover property damage caused by hurricanes and floods. In order to protec...

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Homeowners' Insurance: Got Enough Coverage?

Many homeowners are shocked, after major damage, to find that their insurance policy doesn't cover them or doesn't pay for all or even most of their l...

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After the Fire or Disaster: Dealing with Your Insurance Company

Wildfires are an increasing fear for homeowners in the West, particularly in California. People are moving into risky areas and building homes on stee...

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Common Home Pests

Although your home may have passed inspection when you bought it, household pests can move in anytime. Learn how to either prevent their arrival or r...

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Home Defects: Sue the Seller?

If the home you've bought was previously owned, you probably knew at the time of purchase that it wasn't in perfect condition. But what if something w...

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