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Posted August 23, 2012 in by | Your Home & The Law

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Pit Bulls ‘Inherently Dangerous,’ Says Maryland Appeals Court

In a case closely watched by animal advocacy groups and property owners, the Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled pit bulls are “inherently dangerous.” The court said the dogs’ owners and their landlords are subject to “strict liability” for injuries and damages caused by the dogs. Now rumors are swirling that pit bull owners are being evicted by landlords fearful of being sued.

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What Happens if You Walk Away from Your Home

If you are “underwater” on your mortgage—that is, you owe more on your home than it is currently worth on the market—you may be tempted to just walk away. Although your lender can’t force you to stay in your home, there will be financial consequences if you walk away from your mortgage.

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How to Avoid Home Repair Scams

You need to do some homework before hiring a home repair or home improvement contractor. There are a few steps you can take to avoid becoming a scam victim, and hire a contractor who is licensed, reputable and professional.

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Things to Know Before Buying a Mobile Home

Buying a mobile or manufactured home can be a less expensive way to become a homeowner. But mobile home owners may face some challenges that are specific to manufactured homes. These include getting a loan and finding land for your mobile home, while also understanding your rights as a manufactured home owner.

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Talk to a Real Estate Lawyer— For Free! 

Join and attorney Tom Pedreira on Monday, August 27, at 2 P.M. ET for a free online Q&A discussing real estate law and landlord-tenant issues. Whether you’re picking your way through the complicated process of buying or selling property, or concerned about whether the lease you’re about to sign really protects your interests, Mr. Pedreira will be available to answer your questions.

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