July 2012

July 2012

Michigan man defrauded by fake landlord

A Flint man recently discovered that the deposit he put down on a house for rental was gone, and that the woman he thought was his new landlord didn’t actually own the property. Reports indicate that the man found the house on Craigslist.org, a free classified ads site. The man

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Estate planning: keeping the family harmony alive

We have all heard or read about stories in Michigan and elsewhere involving families in disputes over a relative’s death and what he or she would have ‘wanted.’ Without a solid estate plan, including a will or trust it can be difficult to know, let alone prove in probate court,

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Are “green” homes worth more?

We’ve written before about the trend in the housing market favoring energy efficient homes. Here in Michigan, some discerning buyers have sought out homes with specific features that make it more environmentally and less expensive to maintain. These features include sky lighting, geothermal heating systems, solar panels, improved insulation and

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Detroit home sales increase in June

More homes sold in the Detroit metro area last month compared with the same time last year, according to recently released data. This improvement is one of several signs of a slowly healing housing market for the Detroit area, which suffered significantly during the recession. Home prices are still 30

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Government backed loans help small businesses to own space

Many small business owners don’t know that there are government-backed loans available for commercial property purchases. The program has been around since 1959 but has recently gained new traction among small business owners looking to improve their commercial space. Especially for owners who invite customers and clients into their offices,

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Rent prices rise across the country

Rent prices are rising around the country as many property owners seek to take advantage of unusually low vacancy rates. Landlords in many urban areas stand to gain from the market conditions, which some experts say could be due to many people who previously owned homes returning to renting after

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Why was Joe Paterno’s will made public?

After filing a request with the probate judge, the family of the late Joe Paterno was able to get his will sealed and thus unavailable to the public. The family recently reversed that course and gave up their quest to keep his will private. Why did they switch course? Most

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