The Real Estate Law Podcast

The Real Estate Law Podcast

Welcome to The Real Estate Law Podcast, because real estate is more than just pretty pictures and the law goes well beyond the paperwork and courtroom arguments.Join hosts Jason Muth and Attorney / Broker Rory Gill for entertaining and informative conversation about how and where the worlds of real estate and law intersect.The Real Estate Law Podcast is powered by NextHome Titletown Real Estate, Greater Boston's Progressive Real Estate Brokerage (www.NextHomeTitletownRealEstate.com) and Urban Village Legal, Massachusetts Real Estate Counsel serving savvy property owners, lenders, and investors (www.UrbanVillageLegal.com).Discover more at www.RealEstateLawPodcast.com.

Episodes

October 20, 2021 38 min

Meet Matt Davis!

Matt shares his story about getting started in multifamily investing with his amazing 6-unit building that he located from a city website!

After graduating from college, working full-time, and scouring real estate websites, Matt decided to start attending real estate meetups and put his ideas in action. 

He shares some of the lessons that he learned along the way, including how to raise money from friends and family f...

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Meet Eric Seferian, a loan officer with the Bank of England (no...not that England. Bank of England Mortgage based in Little Rock, AR with branches nationwide).

Eric is based in Boston, and he tells us how he pivoted from working as a leasing manager into the mortgage world. We discuss the many types of buyer personas that 

We discuss life as a loan officer, what it's like to work as an apartment leasing manager, and how psycholo...

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Some of the nastiest cases we have ever handled involved real estate co-owners going their separate ways. Married couples can get a divorce through the courts, but what happens when unmarried co-owners can’t agree? What happens when unmarried couples, siblings, or business partners can’t resolve their differences?

Today, we are going to talk about how these breakups get resolved, how to avoid them, and how to prepare yourself to get...

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This is a question that comes up a lot – even though it’s probably not the most important question.  Your investment strategy is more impactful than a choice of a business entity.

Nevertheless, an LLC can be a useful tool for some types of real estate investors and certain investments.

What are the advantages of having an LLC for your investments?

  • A properly created and managed LLC can shield your other assets from liability and debts...
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    There is a ton of real estate market data out there!

    Spreadsheets and tables of numbers can be daunting, but if you're a number-cruncher, it also can be addicting to dig deeper into the specifics.

    The challenge involves distilling all this information into actionable intelligence.

    Whether you are a buyer, investor, agent, or homeowner, there is no shortage of data when it comes to local housing markets.

    With so much information ava...

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    This is Part 2 of our 2-part series on how to evaluate a vacation rental market.

    Vacation rental properties have become a popular way for families to skip the cramped accommodations of a hotel and rent out larger spaces when they head to the beach, mountains, woods, or even into many city centers.

    Many people want the independence of a vacation rental but they don’t know how to evaluate the market and if it will work for them.

    When yo...

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    Vacation rental properties have become a popular way for families to skip the cramped accommodations of a hotel and rent out larger spaces when they head to the beach, mountains, woods, or even into many city centers.

    Many people want the independence of a vacation rental but they don’t know how to evaluate the market and if it will work for them.

    When you are looking into purchasing a vacation rental property and listing it on Airbn...

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    The Problem:

    Inventory is exceptionally scarce right now.  That means that there are way more interested buyers than there are homes available.  Open houses have long lines, and most decent places are going under contract way too fast.  Buyers don’t have a chance to think, they’re outbid, and they keep losing out on homes for sale.

    What can they do:

  • Prepare in advance.  Have the pre-approval ready to go before looking at houses.
  • Be edu...
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    The listing sheet doesn’t fully explain the seller’s motivation, hidden property issues, or the competition your offer will face. There are many more questions that you should ask when considering a home.

    Join Jason Muth and Attorney / Broker Rory Gill of NextHome Titletown and UrbanVillage Legal in Boston, Massachusetts for another episode of The Real Estate Law Podcast!

    Notes from this Episode:

    Why do the owners want to sell?
    Why w...

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    No, you won't get a cramp if you go swimming after eating.
    And if you swallow gum, it will not remain in your body for seven years.
    And the world is not flat. It just isn't. Stop it, flat earthers....

    Real estate has a ton of myths that many believe to be true. Everything from necessary disclosures to what actually constitutes a bedroom.

    So what are some common real estate myths? We review 5 excellent ones in this episodes, and...

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    Seller's Markets can make for challenging situations if you're looking for a home or an investment property - tons of competition, multiple offers, lots of power in the hands of the other party.

    How can you make your offer stand out? Or, at least, how can you be sure to submit an offer that includes everything that the selling party requests?

    Join Jason Muth and Attorney / Broker Rory Gill of NextHome Titletown and UrbanVill...

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    Solar panels can be a way to lessen your energy footprint and to save on electricity costs.  However, the installation of solar panels can complicate your ability to sell and refinance your home.

    There are some legal issues in regards to panels and real estate transactions that you will need to be aware. Here we explain some legal considerations for solar panel owners and why individuals with solar panel installations on their homes...

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    Airbnb, vacation rentals, and other short-term rentals are new ways of making money that investors are discovering as side hustles or legitimate full-time businesses.

    When you run an Airbnb, vacation rental or short-term rental business there are a number of tax implications that you may not find in your standard 1040 tax forms. These relate to home mortgage interest deductions, depreciation deductions, timing of income recognition ...

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    Real Estate Scams have been around for decades. But now, we are entering a brand new era in the world of real estate, where people have more access to information than ever before. The upshot is that we know more, are better informed, and are also more skeptical.

    Unfortunately, this has led to a rise in scammers in our industry. Real estate scams are nothing new; but what is new is that the internet has provided scammers with far gr...

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    This is part two of our two-part conversation about condo conversions.

    If you haven't listened to part one yet (Episode 11), go back and check that out first! You'll learn a few of the basics there - What is a condo conversion?  Why would you undertake a condo conversion? How do you plan for condoizing a building?

    Here, we dig into some additional details, such as:

  • How to do it: three items needed
  • Master Plan - as built drawing...
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    What exactly is a condo conversion, you ask? You have come to the right spot!

    We have a two-part conversation about condo conversions.

  • What is a condo conversion?  
  • Dividing up existing real estate into different pieces (not by lot line) so that they can be sold or owned separately.
  • It’s not a physical difference - just a legal one.
  • Why would you do a condo conversion? (Hint - If it’s more profitable to sell units separately).

  • Some plann...
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    In this episode, we're continuing our conversation about pricing strategy and how to price your home for the optimal sale price.

    If you're selling your home, you're going to want to nail the listing price when you first hit the market. The goal is to price it correctly - not too high that you'll need to make future price reductions, but not too low that you'll wonder if you made a mistake.

    Even in an overheated re...

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    In this episode, we're talking about how to price your home for the optimal sale price.

    Even in a hot real estate market - where properties receive multiple offers before the Open House - pricing strategy is key.

    Price too high? You'll come across as greedy and some buyers might not even see your listing based on their search criteria.

    Price too low? You will wonder how much money you left on the table and your clients might w...

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    In this episode, we're talking about how to keep everything and everyone safe during an Open House.

    How often do you open your front door to strangers, let them wander around your home, and check everything out (sometimes without supervision)?  Not often, we would hope!

    When you're buying or selling property, though, the rules are a bit different.  While sight-unseen offers are common for investors, the vast majority of resid...

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    In this episode, we're talking about home inspections!  We are dissecting the home inspection process - how do you use the information that you learn and when should you panic?

    Is a Home Inspection a required part of the process?
    Negotiating for repairs and credits.
    When a Home Inspection will kill a deal.
    Who are the key players involved with a Home Inspection?
    It’s not always about the problems - sometimes a home inspection can be...

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