Littlejohn Law, LLC April 2019

When you’re buying or selling a home, one of the most important things you can do is make sure any issues with the title are resolved. According to a 2016 Washington Post article, title companies reported that in one- third of all real estate transactions, title issues required extraordinary effort to resolve. Title problems can turn what seems like a simple transaction into a complicated mess if you don’t know what to look for. Fortunately, there are a few common problems you can spot and hopefully prevent from complicating your purchase or sale. UNSATISFIED LIENS A lien is a legal right to financial compensation granted by the owner of a property to guarantee payment for an underlying obligation. Without the legalese, a lien is a bill related to the property that must be satisfied before the home can be sold. Some common liens property owners can incur are mechanics liens (when the owner owes money to a contractor for work done on the property), judgment liens (when a court gives a creditor the right to take possession of an owner’s property if they don’t hold up their end of the contract), and tax liens (when the IRS can take possession of a property if they are owed property taxes). Before purchasing or selling a home, it is crucial to make sure there are no liens on the property. TITLE ERRORS When filing away important documents associated with property titles, clerical errors happen. A deed or property survey might get lost or misfiled, so it is important to make sure you know exactly where all your important documents are and how to obtain them before you get too far along in the transaction. TITLE FORGERIES As much as we want to believe otherwise, people can be dishonest. The seller might not actually own the property they are selling, names on deeds could be forged or signed under duress, the prior deed could have been made by an undocumented immigrant or a minor, and any other number of additional problems could hinder the transaction. Some of these situations might not come to light until long after a buyer has purchased the property. Real estate transactions, with all their complexities, are not something you should navigate alone. At Littlejohn Law, LLC, our skilled attorneys can help you sort out property title issues and so much more. Give our office a call today for a free consultation. WATCH OUT FOR THESE COMMON PROPERTY TITLE ISSUES HOMEBUYERS AND HOME SELLERS


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1. In a large pot, liberally salt water and bring to a boil. Add fusilli and cook according to package directions. Add broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper during the last 2 minutes of cook time. 2. Drain the pasta and veggies, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta and veggies to pot. 3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium heat. Add garlic and cook until translucent and golden, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved pasta water. 4. Add tomato mixture to pasta pot, stirring to coat evenly. 5. Divide into bowls, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve. and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until tomatoes are wilted,

• 12 ounces pasta, ideally fusilli • 1/2 pound broccoli florets • 2 carrots, shredded • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano- Reggiano • Kosher salt, for pasta water and to taste


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