July 2013

July 2013

Recent litigation could halt mall project on east coast

Though thousands of miles away from residents here in Michigan, a case out of New Jersey this month highlights the very complexities of real estate law we talk about every week on this blog. The case in question revolves around a contract dispute between a development company and several New

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How a rise in rent can lead to a legal dispute

When renters in Michigan first sign a lease agreement, they generally know what the price of their rent is going to be for the duration of their lease agreement. While most renters know that their rent can increase over the course of their stay at a rental property, some may

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Deed issues a hold up for downtown Kalamazoo property

When downtown Kalamazoo officials announced PlazaCorp Realty Advisors Inc.’s plans to purchase–and perhaps reinvest–in the land and buildings along the west side of the 200 block of Rose Street, there may have been some trepidation among some of the current tenants.  That’s mainly because there was no word of what

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City condemns home after crews discover hoard

Many of our readers here in Michigan may be familiar with the show Hoarders on A&E which depicts people with real-life hoarding problems and the serious problems they face when their compulsive habits are discovered. The show can be both moving and disturbing, showing viewers how much damage these hoards

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Variances, zoning disputes and freedom of speech, oh my!

You don’t need to tell readers of our blog about how complicated real estate law can get sometimes. With complex legal terminology and differing laws between each county, some property owners here in Michigan would agree that homeownership is not as simple as holding a deed. A Florida man is

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Restoring Victorian home in Michigan no small task

When a couple in Birmingham, just north of Detroit, bought an 1895 Queen Anne-style Victorian home, they knew they had a large project on their hands. Looking at pictures of the home as it was in 1990 made the wife a little overwhelmed. The husband saw it as an oppurtunity

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New city ordinance creating frowns in Ypsilanti Township

For those readers of our blog old enough to remember time before video games and social networking, summer days were usually spent taking bike rides to the beach and playing games in the street with neighborhood children. But if you’re a kid in Ypsilanti Township this month, your summer plans

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Michigan probate litigation ends with $23 million settlement

A years-long probate litigation case was settled in Kalamazoo recently, resulting in a $23 million award for the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. In his will, the founder of The Upjohn Co. requested that 2,000 shares of stock from the company be placed in a fund. Five years after his death, the funds were

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