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How to take control of Real Estate in a Succession

When real estate is inherited by more than one heir it can get tied up– a stalemate can occur.  Typically, a parent will leave the family home to all their children, but they may not be situated equally.  Consequently, one heir wants to sell and the other does not.  Should the heir who doesn’t want […]

What is a Purchase Agreement and why is it important?

For a buyer or seller of real estate the Purchase Agreement is a critically important document. It is the rule book or ”road map” for the transaction. Most people sign their Purchase Agreements without reading or fully understanding what they are agreeing to. Then, if there is a bad outcome, they call an attorney and […]

How Good is Your Tax Sale Title?

When it comes to Tax Sales the investor should be guided by the ancient motto “Caveat Emptor,” which in Latin translates to “Buyer Beware.” There are two main reasons for this: 1) When a property goes to tax sale no one has checked for prior clouds on the title; and 2) The tax sales are […]

High Tech Zoning Tool You Should Know About

    The City of New Orleans website has a cool new mapping tool that allows you to zoom in on any lot in Orleans Parish and obtain up to date zoning information. You can: • View the city in satellite imagery or as street map. • Search by street address or drag and click […]

Real Estate Liens and Judgments — How to Cancel Them?

Liens and Judgments that are recorded in the Land Records Division of the Clerk of Court of Orleans Parish are indexed under the names of the parties. They act as clouds on the titles of real estate owned by the parties cast in judgment. Fortunately, there are several ways to cancel them. Note: Formally, the […]

Does a Succession Containing Real Estate Have to be Judicially Opened?

If the estate is valued at $75,000.00, or less, you don’t have to open a judicial succession. Even if it contains immovable property. Seventy-five thousand dollars doesn’t buy much of a house, but consider this. If the person was married and in community, the value of the decedent’s interest in the jointly owned property is […]

Tax Sales – How do they work?

In New Orleans Tax Sales are conducted by online auctions. The price is set at the amount of taxes owed, plus costs. The bidder who offers the least percentage of ownership wins. The city issues the winning bidder a tax sale certificate who becomes the tax sale purchaser and holds a tax sale title. Tip: […]