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Clearing a title through a quiet title action

Before the legal rights to a property can be passed on to a purchaser in Louisiana, the title must be clear of any encumbrances, liens or other claims to ownership. If a title search reveals a title defect, or cloud, Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute explains that a person who has an ownership claim on the property has the right to file a quiet title action.

What first-time real estate purchasers need to know about titles

When someone purchases property in Louisiana, he or she will receive proof of ownership. Realtor.com explains that the document signed by the seller and the buyer is known as the deed. However, this is not the same as the title. In fact, the title is not a document. It is, instead, the legal rights to the property, including ownership. 

Can you withhold payments from a contractor who stops work?

It happens more often than most people think: a Louisiana homeowner hires a contractor to remodel his or her home or to fix major issues, the contractor shows up, accepts payment and tears apart the home and, before the contractor completes the job, he or she stops working and demands more payment. If this situation sounds all too familiar to you, you may wonder what you should do. Do you just pay him or her the extra cash for the sake of finishing the project or do you fight the additional charges? Pocket Sense has some advice for you.

Can you protect yourself from dishonest contractors?

When you are already reeling from the stress of rebuilding your home after the traumatic flooding in Louisiana, the last thing you need to deal with is the dishonesty of contractors who advertise themselves as someone you can rely on for effective repairs. Because many contractors appear seemingly out of nowhere following a natural disaster, it may be easy for you to trust that everyone who you contact is ready to lend a helping hand. However, protecting yourself from those who are dishonest and deceiving is essential to avoid losing even more of your precious resources. 

Maintaining an attractive property in the wintertime months

While there are certain times of the year in Louisiana where buying and selling real estate is more profitable and efficient than others, with the right tools and strategies, people can have a successful chance at completing real estate transactions at all times of the year. One of the key selling points for many potential buyers is how attractive the home appears and how readily they can envision the property working for their needs. 

What can you do when a contractor takes your money and runs?

It is all too common of a scenario — a homeowner hires a contractor, pays a security deposit and the contractor never shows up again. Sometimes, the contractor will do the work, but it is often shoddy or incomplete, meaning that the homeowner has to pay more money to either redo or fix the work. If you recently paid a contractor for subpar or no work on your Louisiana home, you do have options. Angie's List outlines just a few of them.

What is a lien?

If you want to sell or buy a home in Louisiana, it is essential to ensure the property does not have a lien. Realtor.com explains a lien is a legal claim of a creditor over your property. If you have a lien, you cannot sell until you pay the debt to the creditor.

Red flags for potential contractor scams

While it has been more than two years since the big floods of August 2016, many Louisiana residents are still struggling with the after-effects of this event. Some of the problems involve unethical contractors. Anyone who needs a contractor whether after a natural disaster or even just when wanting to do a remodel on their home should be aware of what to watch for when selecting who they will work with.

Handling a commercial real estate dispute

When it comes to real estate transactions, all sorts of challenges may arise. For example, a property owner may face uncertainty over their decision to lease or sell real estate, while others may struggle with tax matters. However, commercial real estate issues can be especially difficult under certain circumstances, such as when a dispute arises. If you have found yourself in the middle of a dispute over some commercial real estate matter, it is pivotal to handle the situation appropriately. In Baton Rouge and all over the state of Louisiana, these disagreements can have a significant impact on business owners and companies.

How should I go about hiring a contractor?

Your residential or commercial real estate could use some renovations. You need to hire a contractor, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Most contractors are hardworking and honest, but there is still a sizeable minority of contractors who do not put in good work or use honesty in their transactions.

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