Category: Real Estate

Mechanics Liens: Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute

My recent Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute briefly outlined Minnesota’s mechanic’s lien law, and there is only so much that can be said about mechanic’s liens in sixty seconds.  Here, as the late Paul Harvey would say, is the “rest

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Quiet Title Actions and Proceedings Subsequent: Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute

The information below originally appeared as part of the Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute.   To hear an audio version, click here.   You can hear my Legal Minute segments during the show every Saturday on 1500 ESPN at 7 a.m. and On Demand. In most every

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Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute September 2016

  I’ve now posted all of my Minnesota Home Talk “Legal Minute” segments for September.  Topics are split evenly amongst purchase agreement issues and commercial lease issues. Click on the links below to listen: September 3, 2016: Should Representations and

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Arbitration Agreements in Real Estate Purchase Agreements: Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute, January 24/31

My January 24 and January 31 Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minutes dealt with the arbitration agreement in a residential real estate purchase agreement. When you sign a residential purchase agreement in Minnesota, whether you are the buyer or the seller

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Minnesota’s New Residential Fire Sprinkler Mandate: Minnesota Home Talk, January 10, 2015

  “Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” -PJ O’Rourke, Parliament of Whores, 1989 What better way to start off the New Year AND kick off the new blog site than

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Top Five Silliest Real Estate Laws: No. 1: Minnesota’s Torrens Law

These past five weeks, I’ve written about several real estate laws – both Federal and Minnesota – that, in my opinion, do not make sense any longer.  I’ve done this to show that good intentions sometimes produce unintended adverse results. 

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Paradise Lost: What to Do With the Homeowners Association When the Developer Goes Down

A few years ago, with the housing market at its peak, many developers created housing developments known as “planned communities.”  These neighborhoods were cities within cities, and they came complete with their own form of quasi-government, i.e., the homeowners association. 

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Minnesota’s Torrens System: Clarity or Confusion?

Minnesota’s Torrens system of land registration can be a confusing one for those not familiar with it.  This system, enacted in 1901 and based upon a 19th century Australian system of registering ships established by Sir Robert Torrens, requires interests

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The Trouble With Post-Sale Redemption Rights

Today’s StarTribune carried an article about a common problem with the current real estate market:  who takes care of a foreclosed property after the foreclosure sale?  Minnesota is one of only ten (10) states which provides for post-sale redemption rights.  Other states allow

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Enough is Enough, Part 2 (aka See I Told You So)

Sometimes, I hate being right.In a previous post, I argued against the current trend of mortgage loan audits/mortgage rescission lawsuits and government-backed loan modifications, stating that these actions would only prolong the current housing crisis.It sounds like I was right,

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