What is a Trade Fixture?

A trade fixture is an item of personal property attached to real property that is owned by a tenant and is used in a business.   It is legally removable by the tenant.

What is Erosion?

Erosion is the gradual loss of land due to natural forces .   It is the process of eroding or being eroded by wind, water, or other natural agents.

What is the R Value of Insulation?

The measure of the effectiveness of insulation is its resistance to heat flow, or R-value.  The higher the R-value, the better the energy efficiency.  The Department of Energy has established minimum R-values based on zip codes.  R-values are additive.  As an example, if a home has an R-19 insulation in the ceiling and the owner wants to get up to a R-30, adding more insulation rated R-11 will achieve the target.

Who are the Parties to a Mortgage?

There are two parties to a mortgage: (1) the mortgagor, or borrower (debtor), and (2) the mortgagee, or lender (creditor).   The mortgagor owns the property and the mortgagee owns the mortgage.

What is a Lis Pendens?

A Lis Pendens means “a suit pending”.   When litigation is initiated involving a specific parcel of real property, a lis pendens usually is filed with the clerk of county in which the property is located.

What is Asbestos?

Do I Need to Have Insurance for My Condominium Unit?

Effective January 1st, 2009, a condominium association may require unit owners to maintain hazard and liability insurance for their unit and require them to provide evidence of a current policy upon request.

What is Hazard Insurance?

Hazard insurance protects a property owner from specified losses, fire, windstorm or other natural events.  A property owner will receive compensation to cover the cost of any damaged incurred by such events if the specific event was covered within the policy.    Typically a Lender will want a borrower to pay for the first year’s premium at closing.

What is a Credit Report?

A credit report details the credit history and current credit status of an individual.  A credit report is used as a primary tool in determining credit worthiness.

What is Situs?

Situs refers to where something is physically located.   Situs is the actual or assumed location of a property for purposes of taxation.  A parcel’s street address is its situs address.  The word situs is latin for “site” (or location)