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Sharpen your knowledge on real estate. Read articles recommended by MREIA President, Dan Schwartz. 

There has been a lot of negative press and misinformation lately about double-closings. Many people have been indicted recently under what the press has labeled "Property Flipping Scams." Misinformed lenders, real estate agents and title companies will tell you that do...

June 1, 2019

A common question that pops up at MREIA meetings is whether or not an investor/landlord is required by law to register their rental dwellings.

The answer is a resounding YES! 

Under N.J.S.A. 46:8-27 AND N.J.S.A. 55.13A-1 all landlords of rental dwellings located in the s...

April 6, 2019

Recent high-profile sexual harassment allegations have highlighted the need for increased sexual harassment training, education, and awareness. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) protects individuals against discrimination because of sex. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Housin...

February 13, 2019

The Grace Hill training tip of the week focuses on The Fair Housing Act and how to respond to a sexual harassment complaint.

HUD aggressively pursues violations of The Fair Housing Act (FHA) involving harassment in housing and complaints often name property ma...

December 23, 2018

Dear Landlord Hank,

If you have a good tenant who pays on time for a while and recently lost his/her job and difficulty paying the rent, how long you let it goes before you evict them? -Sayed

Dear Landlord Sayed,

I start with having a conversation with them.

If they aren’t...

September 28, 2018

Can a home buyer sue these sellers for leaving their stuff behind? Despite their best efforts to reschedule the closing date and complete a quick move, the sellers left some valuables in the house. Now they’re worried the buyers will sue them.

Q. The buyer for our home...

April 1, 2018

Q. Last October we moved into our new home. We are thinking of renting our former house, perhaps on a lease-option. If we rent the house to tenants, how much tax would we owe?

A. Converting your personal residence to rental status is not a taxable event. Of course, you...

March 30, 2018

From credentials to the title of  surveying documents, there’s a lot to look out for to see if the surveyor is up to snuff.

Q. When we purchased land we had a new survey done. Three months later, during our construction process, our lender required that the footprint of...

January 18, 2000

There has been a lot of negative press and misinformation lately about double-closings. Many people have been indicted recently under what the press has called "Property Flipping Scams." Uninformed lenders, real estate agents and title companies will tell you that doub...

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