Category Archives: Real Estate

How Can Municipalities Collect on Liens From Landowners?

What is Scire Facias? By Steven Miner In today’s tough economic climate, cities, townships, and boroughs alike are cash strapped. More and more municipalities are filing for, or at least strongly considering Act 47 protection. Facing a $3 million deficit, [...Read More]

PA’s Legalization of Same Sex Marriage And The Affect on Real Estate Transfers

How Same Sex Marriage Impacts Real Estate Transfers Between Spouses As many of you are aware, Pennsylvania joined a number of states in legalizing same sex marriage. On May 20, 2014, a Federal Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania [...Read More]

Pennsylvania Easement Law, Encroachments & Rights of Way

Easements, encroachments and rights of way can cause a serious breach to the peace of a neighborhood. Let’s take a look at what these terms mean. An easement is a legal right to use another person’s property for a stated [...Read More]

Types of Real Estate Boundary Disputes in Pennsylvania

Disputes between neighbors over property lines are all too common, and can be especially problematic when buying or selling land. Common examples of land disputes include: Encroachments crossing over your property line. For example, building a shed that crosses on [...Read More]

A look at the process for a Sheriff sale in Pennsylvania – what to do when you couldn’t pay your mortgage

You never thought that it would come to this, but you have now received notice of a sheriff sale.  Despite your best efforts to pay your mortgage on time, you have been unable to do so.  Perhaps it has been [...Read More]

How do Property Owners Contest a Lien? How can a Municipality Initiate Action?

By Steven Miner For an explanation of scire facias see this post. Property Owner Contests Amount of Lien and Property Owner Initiates Action If the property owner challenges the municipal lien, the property owner may file a notice to issue [...Read More]

Mortgage Modifications: Do I qualify?

By Steven Miner In my previous blog post I talked about some of the mortgage modification basics.  In this post, I want to talk about who qualifies.  While each case is unique and the facts and circumstances may differ based [...Read More]