1. Challenging real estate tax assessment can be risky.

    Reader Question: I live in an over 55 community. We do not receive full services from the city. Example, in the winter no street plowing, no regular police patrols. Can I successfully challenge the real estate taxing rate from the city because of reduced services? John T. Monty’s Answer: Hello John, and thanks for your […]

    January 29, 2013
  2. “For Sale” sign installed without permission.

    Reader Question: Can my neighbor put up a 4 x 12 “for sale” sign on my property without my permission? What do you suggest I do about it? Monte Monty’s Answer: Hello Monte, thanks for your question. No one can put a sign up on your property without permission. My advice is to see, call or […]

    January 24, 2013
  3. Pay attention when planning concrete driveways

    Reader Question: Monty, I built my house back in 2001. I have a concrete driveway that is 250′ long. It started to lift (push up) in the center of the slabs within years 4-5. Over the last 3-4 years, it has drastically been lifting up. The base of the driveway is slag. The builder put […]

    January 8, 2013
  4. Solving a real estate “Cold Case”.

    Reader Question: Hi, I’m trying to buy a piece of land from a private owner. Apparently he got the property at auction several years ago. My title company found an unsatisfied mortgage from 27 years ago. It seems that the company that held the loan had gone out of business. No information can be found […]

    January 1, 2013