Traps for the Unwary

By Real Estate Attorney Chuck E. Marunde, J.D. (Ret.)

As a real estate broker who represents a lot of buyers (with 20 years as a real estate attorney as a background), I have seen so many real estate disasters. I’ve seen many buyers get caught by one of the traps for the unwary. It’s true that knowledge is power, but who you are listening to as an adviser (your Realtor) is critical. Here are 15 areas in which buyers often get in trouble. These are short audios I created for your listening pleasure. I hope they are interesting, or at least entertaining.

Trap for the Unwary #1: The Trespassing Fence
Trap for the Unwary #2: The Trespassing Driveway
Trap for the Unwary #3: Timber Trespass
Trap for the Unwary #4: The Good Samaritan
Trap for the Unwary #5: Encroaching Branches
Trap the the Unwary #6: Road Maintenance
Trap for the Unwary #7: View Easements
Trap for the Unwary #8: Speed Bumps
Trap for the Unwary #9: Private Well on Vacant Land
Trap for the Unwary #10: Shared Wells
Trap for the Unwary #11: Well Circles
Trap for the Unwary #12: Buying Vacant Land
Trap for the Unwary #13: Buried Fuel Tanks
Trap for the Unwary #14: Contaminated Ground Water
Trap for the Unwary #15: Clandestine Land Fills

If you enjoy these, or if you’ve had some experience with one or more of these traps for the unwary, please leave a comment. Other buyers can benefit by your experience and knowledge,

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