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Learn these ways to avoid a business dispute

Although there are times when it is impossible to avoid a dispute, there are some tips you can follow to avoid litigation. Lawsuits are inevitable, especially when you run a business but that doesn't mean that you can't resolve them outside of court sometimes.

It is expensive to go to court, so it makes sense that businesses want to avoid lawsuits. While it may make sense for you to take the case to court, you have to keep in mind that there are many negatives to doing so even if you win. Litigation is distracting, and it is costly.

Buying a home? Get all the inspections you can

It is fairly normal for people to have real estate disputes. There can be numerous reasons for them, from finding new damage to a home you just purchased and had repaired to learning that a seller did not disclose all of the known damage there was in a home.

As someone looking to buy a home, you need to do all you can to protect yourself. One easy tip to follow is to make sure you get a home inspection before you buy. This simple inspection can tell you much about a property and save you time and trouble if there is too much damage to make it worth the expense.

Standardization of technology would help the real-estate industry

In real estate, there is always a separation between the physical and digital media used to sell homes. New companies are emerging to encourage better data exchange and information for all parties involved.

Real estate used to be fairly simple. Homes would sell regionally. There would be slow transactions, and listing exposure was low. Even communicative systems were not designed well.

What can you do if a seller doesn't disclose problems in a home?

If you buy a home and later find that it has significant issues, you may be in a position to file a claim against the previous owner. Not all situations can result in a claim, though, just because you're unhappy with a property.

The main thing to look for is whether or not the seller provided full disclosure of known problems with the property. If, for some reason, you are not told about all the defects the home has, then you would likely have a case to seek compensation back from the previous owner or others who did not disclose problems with the property to you during the initial purchasing agreement.

4 things to do before you sign a commercial lease

Before you sign a commercial lease, it's in your best interests to make sure you ask questions and verify what it contains. While many people sign leases under the impression that they know what's inside, that's not always the reality.

Here are four things you should do to protect yourself when you sign a commercial lease and enter a leasing agreement. They could help you avoid trouble with your landlord or give you a better understanding of the lease you're signing.

4 tips for avoiding court during a dispute

The reality of any situation is that there is always a chance that it won't work out the way you want. Many times, disputes require you to negotiate to resolve them, even though it's your preference to have a particular outcome.

If you want to avoid court, you may need to be willing to negotiate over whatever dispute it is that you're having. Here are four things you can do to keep your dispute out of court and save yourself time and energy.

The differences between co-ops and condominiums matter

While you may think that a co-op and condominium are the same, the reality is that these are two very different kinds of real estate. Condominiums are real estate you can own, whereas a co-op grants you only a share of a building.

When you consider if you want to purchase a co-op or condo, consider the fees first. Condos typically have maintenance fees. They may have fees that cover routine maintenance, lawn mowing and snow removal. On the other hand, co-ops have higher fees and often cover at least some of your utilities.

Choosing to invest in commercial real estate

As someone looking to invest in real estate, you're wondering if you should invest in commercial real estate or residential. There are benefits to both. On one hand, you're working with individuals, families and communities. On the other, you're working with big businesses and retailers.

Commercial real estate definitely has its place in your investment portfolio, but choosing the right investment is the key to success. Real estate can have a high cash yield, good equity build-up over time, can be good for leverage and is considered a hard asset. It also has tax advantages other kinds of investments don't.

Overstock to enter the real estate world

If you're familiar with the company Overstock, then you probably know it as an online retailer that sells furniture and other goods. Interestingly, that's not all it's hoping to be known for. The company is now attempting to get into real estate sales.

The company announced that it plans to launch a new real estate organization called O Real Estate. This program would allow the company to use its search technology to find its users homes, to sell homes and to manage real estate.

Protect yourself against material defects when buying a home

The home-buying process is not always an easy one, and there is always a pinch of risk that comes with a purchase. For the most part, sellers are honest and disclose when there are serious issues with a home. However, there are times when sellers don't disclose issues that they know about. For instance, a seller may try to cover up the fact that the basement leaks or that there are other serious defects in the home.

If you make a purchase and find later that home defects weren't disclosed, do you have any options? The good news is that you may. State law typically requires sellers to disclose material defects in a property. Not doing so invalidates a sale.

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