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Did the seller fail to tell you everything?

Buying a home? The number of issues that require your attention before you take possession of the keys may surprise you. Simply extending an offer and signing a sales contract does not come close to the amount of legwork required.

Title issues, escrow and financing are only some of the tasks you encounter on your journey to home ownership. You will want to make sure that the home you purchase doesn't become something out of the movie, "The Money Pit." In order to do that, the home needs an inspection, and the seller needs to tell you if the home has any issues that could affect your decision to buy or has any defects that could affect its value or habitability.

Do you know where your property ends and your neighbor's begins?

The old saying that "good fences make good neighbors" still applies today. Fences delineate the boundaries of your property, which you might not consider an issue until you think about selling your property. At that time, that structure that your neighbor either inadvertently or purposely put on your property could become an issue.

What is encroachment?

Are you a victim of mortgage fraud?

Mortgage fraud is a serious issue, and victims of this type of unacceptable and illegal action may feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do next. When lenders act illegally or fail to properly disclose certain terms to the borrower, the borrower would be wise to take quick and decisive action to protect his or her rights and financial interests.

Can a landlord evict a tenant with only a few days notice?

A common question that both landlords and tenants ask is, "How much notice needs to be given before an eviction?"

In California, the answer to that question depends on several factors. In some cases, it is legal to evict someone with only a three-day warning. In other cases, the landlord must provide a 30-day or 60-day advance notice, and the notice must be in writing. Let's look a little closer at the requirements.