Understanding Pennsylvania’s Real Estate Commercial Broker Lien Law

A majority of states, including Pennsylvania, have enacted broker lien laws that enable real estate brokers to file liens on commercial property in the full amount of their commission.

Real Estate Claims

Taking Real Estate Cases To Magisterial District Courts

Many real estate legal disputes find their way to Magisterial District Courts in Pennsylvania for a number of reasons.

How long to return deposits?

How Long to Return Deposits?

As a broker holding a deposit, how long should it take you to return it pursuant to the terms of a release signed by both parties or when sufficient time has passed and not litigation/mediation has been initated?

As a subcontractor, what happens if I sign releases in order to get paid for my work?

Often contracts for public projects and large private projects require subcontractors to sign lien waivers and releases in order to receive periodic payments for their work.

Stormwater Fees Drawing the Ire of Citizens and Businesses State-Wide

Citizens are expressing their skepticism and outright anger about stormwater fees that are being assessed throughout the Commonwealth.

Drinking Water

PFAS Takes Center Stage in Pennsylvania

PFAS chemicals, which historically had been used in products in the U.S., continue to show up in soil and water systems. Various bills are making their way through Congress and Pennsylvania is exploring the idea of setting state-wide health standards for the PFAS.

Home Inspectors

Attend Inspections

PART TWO
Who, if anyone, should attend home inspections has been a topic of debate for as long as home inspections have been a standard element in a residential transaction.

Home Inspectors

Untimely Repairs

PART ONE
It happens.  Sellers agree to make repairs suggested by a home inspection, but fail to complete the job timely.

farm joint ownership

Untangling Joint Ownership of Real Estate

It is not uncommon in the farm community for real estate to be owned jointly by two or more owners.  Many times, parents will transfer their real estate to more than one child as part of their estate and farm succession plan.  Joint ownership of real estate often presents unique problems for the joint owners. 

Real Estate What If Question

What if?

These two words are the start of many questions by those who draft contracts, including agreements for the sale of real estate.