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BUYING PROPERTY AS IS – BUYER BEWARE January 8, 2019

BUYING PROPERTY AS IS – BUYER BEWARE In every real estate transaction there is an implicit element of risk. If you are buying real estate, understanding how an AS-IS contract affects your rights can significantly impact the success of the transaction. For example, every special warranty deed carries with it some implied warranties that the seller …[Read More]

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Real Estate Fraud January 4, 2019

WHAT EXACTLY IS REAL ESTATE FRAUD? There is no such thing as “cheap” real estate in the District of Columbia. If you think you got a deal, you may have been taken for a ride. At Antonoplos & Associates, we represent homeowners and real estate investors who believe they may have been defrauded by dishonest …[Read More]

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5 Tips for Negotiating Your Commercial Lease January 3, 2019

5 Tips for Negotiating Your Commercial Lease Having a favorable commercial lease is an important step to ensuring your businesses success. Negotiating favorable lease terms for your business gives your business the greatest chance of success. Often the difference between a successful business and one that fails are the terms that govern their commercial lease. …[Read More]

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What Is Seller Take Back Financing December 31, 2018

WHAT IS SELLER TAKE BACK FINANCING When a seller wants to close a sale of real estate but the buyer is not yet in a position to fully fund the purchase, the parties can close the sale with the seller taking from the buyer a purchase money note and mortgage in lieu of an all-cash payment. Seller take back financing is …[Read More]

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District of Columbia Estate Tax Update October 1, 2018

District of Columbia Estate Tax Increases 2018 District of Columbia estate tax exemption amounts are set to increase effective Oct 1,2018. Here are the increases and how they affect you. If you need more information about District of Columbia estate tax or to speak with an estate tax professional please contact Antonoplos & Associates. Filing …[Read More]

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DC Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) September 15, 2018

DC Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA) What effect does the loss of members have on a tenant association that is statutorily required to represent at least a majority of the tenants? Summary: In an accommodation with five or more units, only the tenant organization has the right to purchase when the Owner of that …[Read More]

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The Ten Commandments: What Every Homebuyer Should Know Before Purchasing June 2, 2018

What Every Homebuyer Should Know Before Purchasing Few occasions in life are as momentous as purchasing a home.  Much like choosing a mate, a prospective buyer wants both initial attraction and assurances of a successful long-term relationship.  Thus, it is crucial to investigate some often-overlooked details to ensure that a home will best meet your …[Read More]

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MECHANIC’S LIEN DEADLINES May 10, 2017

MECHANIC’S LIEN DEADLINES   Mechanics Lien Deadlines vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Below is a state by state summary of mechanic’s lien deadlines for the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. District of Columbia Mechanic’s Lien Deadlines– Notice of Mechanic’s Lien: All contractors must file in land records within 90 days of completion or termination of …[Read More]

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The Basics of Mechanic’s Lien Priority January 12, 2017

The Basics of Mechanic’s Lien Priority Mechanic’s lien priority functions differently than the priority of other types of liens. As is generally the case, a lien priority is typically determined by the timing of their filing. For example, the first lien filed with the Recorder of Deeds will be the first mortgage, which carries with …[Read More]

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Equitable Subrogation June 7, 2016

Equitable Subrogation Equitable Subrogation is a legal concept that allows one party to replace another party when it comes to a legal right. As a legal doctrine, equitable subrogation permits courts to declare that the owner of a mortgage has the same rights as an earlier-in-time owner of another mortgage on the same property, if …[Read More]

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