Category Archives: Real Estate

Partition Actions Between Property Co-owners

Partition Actions: Remedies for Sour Relationships Between Property Co-owners Question: I own a rental property with a friend, but we’re locked in disagreement on what to do with the property or whether to sell it. What legal remedies do I have? Answer: Many people acquire investment properties with friends with only the best intentions, but… Continue Reading

My Property Zoning is “Wrong”?

What If the Property I Own Has the “Wrong” Zoning? Question: I own a property.  The current zoning will not let me do what I want to do with it.  Is there any way of changing the property zoning? Answer: The short answer is, “Yes.”  Communities use zoning to promote harmonious development patterns and keep… Continue Reading

Property Taxes in Colorado

Co-Author:  Jordan C. May, Esq. Property Taxes in Colorado – How are they determined and what can I do about it? Overview Colorado’s system of real property taxation can leave homeowners confused and frustrated. This may be especially true if a homeowner receives a Notice of Valuation reflecting an unexpected increase in the value of… Continue Reading

Construction Defects and Housing

Over the past several years the people of Colorado have debated how to protect homeowners from defects in the construction of their newly purchased homes, while still giving the economy a boost and encouraging builders to continue to build and provide new and affordable multi-family housing in Colorado. Efforts last year to revise the existing… Continue Reading

Mechanic’s Liens – Nuts and Bolts

The Mechanic’s Lien process in Colorado is governed by statute, namely, C.R.S. § 38-22-101, et seq. One key issue to be aware of is that the Mechanic’s Lien process is extremely deadline intensive. Missing a deadline by just a day can void a contractor’s lien rights. Below is a general overview of this statutory and… Continue Reading

Clearing Title When Tenant-in-Common Owner Dies

Clearing Title to Real Estate When a Tenant-in-Common Owner Dies Q:  How is title to real estate cleared when someone dies owning property as tenants in common with other owners? A:  Through a probate proceeding. I frequently hear from sellers or real estate brokers when they discover the following closing Requirements on Schedule B-1 of their title… Continue Reading

Meth Labs and Properties for Sale

Sellers have to disclose known material defects and complete a Seller’s Property Disclosure form when listing property for sale. There can be health risks associated with living in a house where meth was produced or used. Some telltale signs that a property could be contaminated by meth include discolored walls, strong ammonia-like odors, empty over-the-counter… Continue Reading

How Does Seller Financing Work?

How Does Seller Financing Work in Colorado Real Estate Deals? Q:  I’ve listed my home for sale. A potential buyer is interested, but can’t qualify for a loan. Is there some way to facilitate the sale without an outside lender being involved? A:  Yes – if the seller acts as the lender. This article will describe seller… Continue Reading