November 2021

An informative e-newsletter for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.

What Are These? “Home Co-Investment” Plans

By Gregory J. Gamalski and Alexandra E. Dieck, Bodman PLC

Among the numerous solicitations filling our mailboxes is one unusual offer about a “home co-investment” program. With the program, legitimate by all accounts, an investor advances the value of the equity in the home without entering into a second mortgage or reverse mortgage. The homeowner essentially agrees to share future appreciation with the investor.

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COA Expands Warranty Deed Covenant Against Encumbrances

John D. Bartley, O’Reilly Rancilio P.C.

In an unpublished opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that when a grantor executes and delivers a warranty deed, and the grantee later finds the property to be in violation of building codes with repairs required by the municipality, the grantee can collect damages from the grantor based upon a breach of the grantor’s warranty deed covenant against encumbrances. Galvan v. Poon (Mich App No. 76047, August 19, 2021, unpublished) In other words, if you sell property ”as is”, and provide a warranty deed, and if there are unresolved or even latent building code violations later found by the grantee, even if unknown to you, that grantee may recover damages against you under the warranty deed.

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Legislative Report

Real Estate Outlook 2022

Nov. 11, 2021
Time: 9:00–10:30 a.m.

Program Chair:  Scott R. Lesser, Miller Canfield

Speakers: Keynote: Randall Book (Colliers International)
Moderator: Ronald Reynolds (Fisher Phillips)
Panelists: Bill Bubniak (NAI Farbman), Ben Hammond (Hilger Hammond), Brandy Mathie (Electrify America), Mark Sturing (Beztak Companies)

Program Description:

The world is changing. Or is it? Join us for a keynote presentation on the state of the real estate market as the world continues the long process of reopening. We will follow that with a lively discussion among our panel of experts about the legal and business risks to look out for in 2022.

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