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Don't Buy a House You Cannot Afford!

Posted by Anthony Serra | May 03, 2024 | 0 Comments

Home Ownership – a Dream or Nightmare? -- Home Ownership – the Dream In the pursuit of the American dream, the desire to own a home is often deeply ingrained. However, it's crucial to approach this milestone with careful consideration and financial prudence. While owning a home is a symbol of ...

Everything You Need to Know About Mortgage Contingency

Posted by Anthony Serra | Apr 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

In the intricate dynamics of residential real estate transactions, the mortgage contingency serves as a crucial safety net for both buyers and sellers, ensuring that financing is secure before the deal is sealed. This contingency clause protects the buyer by providing them with an opportunity to ...

Buyer Beware: 6 Red Flags When Buying a Home

Posted by Anthony Serra | Apr 16, 2024 | 0 Comments

Buying a home is one of the most significant investments individuals make in their lifetime. However, the dream can quickly turn into a nightmare if red flags are overlooked during the purchasing process. Here are six crucial red flags to watch out for when buying a home: 1.     Settlement crack...

The Impact of Divorce on a Jointly Owned Home

Posted by Anthony Serra | Mar 27, 2024 | 0 Comments

What happens to the ownership of your home when you get divorced? A good question, the answer to which you should know and understand. The short answer is: what happens to the home is whatever was agreed to by the parties. If the parties say the wife should keep the home, for instance, then that ...

Selling a home “as is” – what does that really mean?

Posted by Anthony Serra | Feb 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

Virtually all real estate transactions are sold "as is" though to be a true "as is" sale, the inspection contingency clause needs to be removed from the contract, or at least specifically narrowed to identifiable items that may be inspected such as the septic system or the existence of an underground storage tank (UST).

Death Certificates: What Address to Use?

Posted by Anthony Serra | Sep 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

When working with funeral homes to complete the Death Certificate, make sure they are using as the person's address, the address of their home and not that of a temporary care facility or hospital. It may be that the person died in a particular town and county, but to properly probate the estate, the Death Certificate should reflect the address of the person's home or domicile.

When Is The Right Time To Re-Do Your Will?

Posted by Anthony Serra | Sep 03, 2022 | 0 Comments

Having a will is important as it helps you plan for the inevitable – your death. However, if you already have a will, making sure your will is current and up to date is just as important. Life events such as acquiring significant assets, changing who the executors, guardians and trustees will be, adding or eliminating beneficiaries and the death of a spouse or partner are all good reasons to consider re-doing and updating your will.

Being Prepared for the Unexpected: Disability and Incapacity

Posted by Anthony Serra | Aug 23, 2022 | 0 Comments

They say an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Boy is that so true in the world of estate planning. It is so simple to establish a basic estate plan that can prevent many unfortunate legal hardships down the road, yet surprisingly many people put off doing it. I always like to say - TAKE control while you are IN control!

Why Estate Planning and Charitable Gifts Go Hand-In-Hand

Posted by Anthony Serra | Jul 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Estate planning and charitable gifts go hand in hand. Leaving money to worthy charities is a great way of supporting the causes in which you believe while also minimizes the amount of taxes your estate may have to pay. Sometimes even a modest financial gift to a small, but inspiring charity can be transformative!

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