Judicial News

Mortgage Tax Refund

As it is the middle of tax season, it seems appropriate to mention an underutilized provision of the Tax Law that could result in a mortgage tax refund. There is a New York State income tax credit against the paid mortgage tax.  See: Tax Law, Article 22 Personal Income Tax. Properties that qualify for a […]

Increased Nassau County Recording Prices

TAKE JUDICIAL NOTICE Commencing on January 14, 2015, Nassau County will require verification of the Section, Block, and Lot on all of the following instruments: Deeds Mortgages Satisfactions Consolidations Any modification of the above instruments Nassau does not require this verification for the following: Powers of Attorney Releases of State Tax Liens Building Loan Agreements […]

Real Estate Documents Turn Green

  By Richard J. Sobelsohn Richard J. Sobelsohn is group director of Financial Practice Area Modules for LexisNexis’s Lexis Practice Advisor® in New York, New York, and the Chair of the Real Property Economics, Technology and Practice Methods Committee.  Richard practiced law for more than 16 years, mainly in the area of real estate and […]

Law Boosts Consumer Confidence in Real Estate Deals

BY RICHARD GILIOTTI If you’ll be closing on a house or commercial structure this fall, the stack of papers your attorney will ask you to sign may be a little taller. Not to worry, though. The additional paperwork is designed to protect consumers and bring additional transparency to an important aspect of land transfers in […]

Title Fees & the HUD-1

TAKE JUDICIAL NOTICE It has long been the custom and practice in the title industry to list one fee for recording a deed or mortgage which includes both the recording charge levied by the County Clerk/Register, and the title company service charge for processing. Title companies, to date, have not been advised that such quotes are incorrect, […]

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