Have you been searching for that perfect home or piece of property? If you said yes, we are sure you have numerous questions going through your head right now. You may be missing a key component as you check out each property. One of the biggest mistakes we see people make is forgetting to confirm the boundary lines for any … Read the rest
Why Signing a Construction Contract Without Plans and Specs is a Bad Idea
Have you ever wanted to have some work done on your home and had numerous contractors come out to give you a quote?
Most likely, you answered yes to this question, because every homeowner needs something completed on their home at least once in their lifetime.
While some work on homes is self-explanatory, like a new furnace or hot water … Read the rest
Land Use Appeals – What are They and How to Begin the Appeal Process
The state of New Hampshire still has lots of open green spaces, which means there is still quite a bit of land available for use. While these open spaces are beautiful, a few people would love to construct different buildings on them. Then there are others who want to expand on the land they already own. During all of these … Read the rest
Registration of Condos in New Hampshire
In the state of New Hampshire, certain condos must be registered, while others do not. We understand that rules like this can be a little confusing, so we wanted to share a few details with you to help you out.
Any residential condo buildings that are comprised of more than ten units must be registered with the Consumer … Read the rest
NH Supreme Court Upholds Commercial Property Tax Abatement Denial
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has upheld a denial of tax abatement for a commercial property in Dover.
I) Background on Tax Abatement in New Hampshire
Municipal ad-valorem property taxes are based on the fair market value of the subject property. If a city values the property for more than it is actually worth, the property owner ends up … Read the rest
Understanding Commercial Site Planning in New Hampshire
Obtaining a rezoning of property to a commercial zoning district is just the first step in the planning process. Typically, before breaking ground, most new commercial developments or redevelopments must first go through the local government’s site planning process. While zoning considers big-picture questions like whether the property is suitable for commercial uses, site planning digs into specifics about the … Read the rest
Implied Easements In New Hampshire – The Estoppel-By-Deed Doctrine
The Estoppel-By-Deed Doctrine
The doctrine of estoppel-by-deed prevents sellers of real estate from later denying the existence and use of certain private easements referenced in a deed. The New Hampshire Supreme Court reiterated this doctrine earlier this year in Loeffler v. Bernier (March 31, 2020).
Deeds transferring real property include legal descriptions so all parties are clear on the … Read the rest
Confirm Your Property Boundary Lines Before You Purchase
So, you’re buying a house. You probably get an inspection done on the house as part of the approval process for your mortgage. But do you think about the boundary lines of the property? Maybe the seller tells you the line is at a tree, or a fence. Maybe you don’t even discuss the boundary lines at all. Then … Read the rest
A Mortgage is No Excuse to Be Without an Estate Plan
There are many benefits to having a properly drafted estate plan. These include knowing your family’s finances will not be frozen by the mandatory probate administration process. You can also make sure that your assets go to the people you want them to go to. If a person dies without an estate plan, their assets will be distributed according to … Read the rest
Why a High Cap Rate Means Higher Risk
The capitalization rate, or cap rate, represents the rate of return on an income-producing property when applied against the purchase price. One could say, therefore, a high cap rate is a “good” thing. If so, then why does a high cap rate mean a higher risk investment?
The capitalization rate is calculated by dividing the net operating income by the … Read the rest