Real Estate Law

Protecting Your Home

January 22, 2019
Posted in Real Estate Law

You are probably familiar with the idea of identity theft and know you should check your credit report periodically to see if anyone is wrongfully obtaining credit in your name.  But did you know that people can take advantage of the equity in your home? If you own your home or other real estate, there […]

Fracking Decision by Pennsylvania Superior Court

May 23, 2018
Posted in Real Estate Law

A recent landmark decision by the Pennsylvania Superior Court involving hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, could impact litigation strategy in the dynamic area of oil and gas products in the Commonwealth.  By way of background, Pennsylvania has adopted the “rule of capture,” which holds that there is no liability for the drainage of oil […]

Distributed Antenna Systems and Your Neighborhood

April 20, 2018
Posted in Real Estate Law

Across the country, wireless telecommunication providers have been on the move and are deploying the next generation of infrastructure to keep up with the ever growing demand for fast and consistent wireless service. Everywhere we go today, the growing demand is evident and it will continue to tax the current infrastructure. As more and more […]

Residential Real Estate – Buyer Beware

March 26, 2018
Posted in Real Estate Law

You worked hard to save up for a down payment, you received your pre-approval from the lender, and you are ready to put in your offer, but regardless of whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned real estate investor, if you don’t do your due diligence, that dream home can became […]

International Property Maintenance Code

November 20, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

In September of 2017, the Commonwealth Court decided the City of Williamsport Bureau of Codes vs. DeRaffele.  The City cited one of its residents for a violation of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code.  In 2003, the City adopted a version of the code by ordinance, and the ordinance referenced all subsequent changes to the […]

Driverless Vehicles Driving Change in Real Estate?

October 4, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Five years ago, autonomous vehicles were merely a concept from some futuristic sci-fi film; however, today, driverless vehicles are already being tested on roads and companies are ready to implement driverless technology on a large scale. This innovation will not only impact the auto industry, but will also have substantial effects on real estate. Thus, […]

Zoned Here For The Beer

August 29, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Armed with brewing talent, a good business sense, and an inherent love of “good beer,” microbrewers are obtaining brewery licenses and moving their basement operations into the cities, suburbs, and rural landscapes across Pennsylvania.  In expanding their operations, brewers need a location that will permit their honed brewing process and accommodate their larger equipment, but […]

Philadelphia Tax Abatements

June 28, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

If you are in the market to purchase residential, commercial, or industrial real estate in Philadelphia, or if you already own property in the city and are considering a renovation, you should understand the property tax abatements (“PTAs”) specific to Philadelphia. Many people, realtors included, believe that only new construction is eligible for a PTA. […]

Protect Your Project From Being Sidelined By Procedural Challenges

April 10, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Developers throughout the Commonwealth devote immense amounts of time and money in their projects; don’t let a procedural defect derail all of your hard work. In Pennsylvania, the Municipalities Planning Code (the “MPC”) gives municipalities authority to enact zoning ordinances governing land use within the municipality. Developers must satisfy the requirements set forth in the […]

Buying or Selling a House? A New Act May Help Eliminate Potential Pitfalls

February 13, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

The Amended Municipal Code and Ordinance Compliance Act (“Act”) took effect on January 2, 2017. This act will be very helpful for people who are buying or selling real property. Many municipalities have ordinances that require an inspection prior to the sale of a property. Different municipalities have different standards. Some do a thorough inspection […]

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