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Real Estate Fundamentals: A Primer for New Land Trust Staff

Date: November 6, 2013
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Instructor: Steve Swartz
Cost: $55 before 11/5, then cost will increase to $65
Level: Beginner / Intermediate


This workshop is intended for non-attorneys and will acquaint participants with basic real estate concepts, legal elements of real estate transactions, and outline the acquisition process from property identification through title searches and related due diligence to document drafting and closing. Emphasis will be placed on basic legal terminology, possible pitfalls, and practical advice. The topics will include: types of ownership and how interests in property can be held by different people; title searches, title insurance, and problems; liens and encumbrances; surveys and legal descriptions; environmental due diligence and liability; letters of intent, purchase contracts, options, and rights of first refusal; deeds, conservation easements and other documents; and closing and recording.

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