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Private Lending Documents

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An investor, maybe you, wants to lend some money to a real estate investor. What kind of documents are required for this transaction? The answer depends on the complexity of the transaction, but lending professionals tend to use similar documents across the board for a standard transaction. We will start with the most important documents […]

Mortgage lending

Private Lending Basics

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Private lending, or “hard money” lending, is a great way to deploy funds in a self-directed IRA. With interest rates approaching 15-20% in some cases and fixed payments coming in every month backed by real estate, it’s a passive investment that’s hard to beat. In this article, I’ve summarized a few key due diligence items […]

Mortgage lending

The truth about land trusts in Ohio

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In my real estate law practice, clients often ask about land trusts and how to use them in Ohio. The truth is that in my opinion these structures needlessly complicate an investor’s deal structure and don’t provide any benefits that aren’t already available with an Ohio LLC. They’re often pushed by ‘strategists’ who don’t have […]

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Home sale fraud: examples

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Home sale fraud by the seller is so common that we deal with it nearly every day. When I hold a consultation with a client, it’s often helpful to give examples of prior instances of fraud where a court held the seller liable. This gives us a yardstick of severity by which we can judge […]

Business Law

Dividing the Founders’ Pie: Startup Ownership

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One of the questions I wish clients would ask more is whether their division of ownership is a fair one. Most owners, in their fairness calculation, apply the following formula: 100% ÷ number of founders This advanced calculus may appear fair and equitable, but the reality is that it ignores many dimensions of the co-founder […]

Real estate

Mechanic’s Lien Basics for Contractors

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Mechanic’s liens are the easiest way for a contractor to collect from deadbeat customers. The legal process, however, is not easy. Below we’ll detail some of the requirements and give a practical overview of the process. Why a mechanic’s lien? A mechanic’s lien has the same effect as a mortgage on property. If you successfully […]

Real estate

Suing the seller for fraud

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Every time there’s a torrential downpour, we can count on many new homebuyers calling us with stories of wet basements and leaky roofs. These problems can put a homeowner out thousands. It’s only fair that a seller who advertised the home as perfectly dry and habitable should be held to account for concealing a leaky […]

Mortgage lending

Borrower-paid attorney fees in foreclosure? Unlawful

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Many promissory notes and mortgages contain a provision awarding attorney’s fees for foreclosing on the borrower. This even includes Fannie Mae’s uniform mortgage for Ohio. Many lenders can and do successfully collect attorney’s fees on collection and foreclosure judgments. However, as we know elsewhere in real estate law, just because the contract says you can […]