So, you found your dream home! You signed the purchase and sale agreement. The earnest money is in escrow. Ten days later, the title insurance commitment arrives – twenty-three pages of legalese. Who has time to read that? You have moving boxes to think about! The kids are enrolled in school, your spouse is happy,…

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Pandemic-based fears, street violence, and the sentiment to “leave it all behind” has led to a wave of urban refugees relocating to rural destinations like Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana. And why not?  The cost of living is lower –$350,000 buys a house – an actual house with a yard and several bedrooms, just right…

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by Arthur Macomber Spokane, Washington, May 20, 2019. In Washington State, all conveyances of real property or interests in real property must be by deed, signed and delivered to the grantee. The person owning the property, the grantor, must sign the deed. If the deed is to be recorded, then the deed needs to be…

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Easements are usually permanent unless terminated by one of the ways recognized under Washington law. For example, an easement can be terminated if the property owner benefiting from the easement signs a written document stating that the easement is terminated. Alternatively, an easement can be terminated if the owner of the land burdened by the…

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By Greg George Spokane, Washington, February 1, 2019. The Washington Supreme Court has defined an “easement” as “a property right separate from ownership that allows the use of another’s land without compensation[1].” Generally speaking, the purpose of an easement is to provide access to and from a property that otherwise does not have access. For…

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By Greg George Spokane, Washington, January 7, 2019. “Title” to land can be defined as the different legal rights that come under what we usually describe as “ownership” of land. For example, “title” can include the right to possess land, the right to build on land, the right to exclude others from land, and the…

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By Art Macomber Spokane, WA. December 28, 2018. In Washington State, there is a type of lawsuit called a quiet title action. A lawsuit to quiet title is sometimes necessary if the original description of the property was incorrect, or if there are multiple parties who claim ownership to the same parcel. Sometimes a mortgage…

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 First, who owns a tree on a property line? Under the common law, an invisible barrier starting at the center of the earth and extending to the stars runs along a real property boundary delineating each owner’s property. Today, that ownership interest is subject to claims about mineral rights underground and the rights of…

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By Greg George, Attorney Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, February 22, 2018.  As we’ve all heard, only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. And while the impact of death on property ownership is well-trodden ground—occupying the careers of estate planners and other professionals—the impact of taxes is less frequently discussed. But unpaid taxes can…

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Senate Bill 6091 was signed by Gov. Inslee on Friday, January 19, 2018. It attempts to cure some of the issues related to landowners in Washington State not being able to procure building permits. As we posted last year (see https://macomberlaw.com/2017/05/18/bought-can-build/), the Washington State Supreme Court’s Hirst Decision mandated that cities and counties were responsible…

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