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Using a Quitclaim Deed to Transfer Property
A Strong Contract Lays the Foundation for a Successful Real Estate Transaction
Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer When You Buy or Sell a House
Using a Power of Attorney for a New York Real Estate Closing
Application Deadline for Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP) Extended

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Using a Quitclaim Deed to Transfer Property

I am often asked by clients looking to transfer property whether I will be using a quitclaim deed to complete the transfer.  I tell my clients that in the New York Metropolitan area, the type of deed customarily used to convey real property, whether to a third party in an arm’s length transaction or to a family member, is a “Bargain and Sale Deed with Covenants Against Grantor’s Acts.”

A quitclaim deed must to used with caution and can be dangerous or beneficial depending upon whether you are the grantor or grantee.

A Strong Contract Lays the Foundation for a Successful Real Estate Transaction

Buyers and sellers involved in a residential or commercial real estate transaction have different issues and goals. The real estate contract or purchase agreement is the single most important document in the transaction. A well drafted contract that accurately reflects your interests and addresses potential problems is critical to a successful real estate transaction.  At the Law Office of Jeanne M. Reardon, we have more than 20 years of experience negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts.

Why You Need a Real Estate Lawyer When You Buy or Sell a House

Whether you are buying or selling a home, your team of expert advisers should include a real estate closing attorney. Real estate closings  are complicated matters and require a thorough knowledge of the law.  With a decision as serious as buying and selling real estate, it is important that you are guided throughout every step of the closing process by an experienced and knowledgeable real estate lawyer.  The purchase of a home is often the single largest financial transaction you will ever make in your life.

Using a Power of Attorney for a New York Real Estate Closing

If you are unable to attend a real estate closing and sign the necessary documents you can have your attorney prepare a power of attorney for you thereby allowing your agent to act for you at the closing.  A power of attorney is a document in which a person appoints someone to act as their agent and perform certain acts on their behalf. The powers which may be given to your agent can be very broad, or limited depending on the purpose for giving the power of attorney.  For example, your can give your agent very broad powers to manage all your financial affairs, or limited powers to sign documents on your behalf at a real estate closing for a specific property only.

Application Deadline for Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP) Extended

The application deadline for the Making Home Affordable Program which includes HAMP Loan Modifications has been extended through December 31, 2015.

Read U.S. Department of the Treasury Press Release below:


Obama Administration Extends Application Deadline for the Making Home Affordable Program


  Extension through December 2015 Will Provide Struggling Homeowners Additional Time to
Access Sustainable Mortgage Relief and Align End Dates for Key Assistance Programs 

WASHINGTON –The U.