Real estate legal issues critical to peace of mind

The dewy innocence pictured in those billboards advertising new subdivisions evaporated some time ago when the U.S. housing crisis brought us a slew of new additions to the nation’s lexicon. Who can forget such terms as ‘mortgage meltdown,’ ‘robo signers’ or ‘liar loans?’

For centuries, real estate has proven a fertile field for legal disputes. Just because the backlog of foreclosed homes is receding doesn’t mean most Americans can be worry-free in real estate matters. Here’s just a few of the legal pitfalls you may run into when it comes to your ‘home sweet home.’

In the nation’s urban areas, where rental housing may outnumber single-family housing, disputes over everyday annoyances sometimes turn into outright vendettas.

Sure, that barking pup was cute when he was little, but when Rover turns into Cujo, threatening your passage and keeping you up all night, it might be time to seek the advice of an attorney. Otherwise, either party may become so frustrated that someone decides to take matters into his or her own hands.

Condominiums offer owners the convenience of not having to mow lawns, but legal trouble often seems to stalk condo owners. That’s particularly true for those who were duped into buying badly managed condo developments. In cases like this, many condo owners are eventually forced to pursue legal action.

Then there are land purchase schemes that have enriched many a swindler over the years. Consider the long string of major land ruses over the decades, including one in 2008 which brought massive financial ruin to millions of people. The fact is, unscrupulous people have been fleecing investors since the founding of the U.S.

Even with the full might of federal officials to oversee fair housing, there are still too many instances of abrogation of tenant rights. Improper evictions and subsequent seizure of personal property still occur every day – from small towns to big cities.

These are only a few of the many reasons every American should seek an ongoing relationship with an attorney — one with the expertise to defend the right to a peaceful and safe domicile. A lawyer is often the only way to obtain that ‘home sweet home’ in a culture in which so many refuse to respect the right to a peaceful dwelling.