Michael J. Fasano

Just Where is this “North” Place Anyway? Understanding Deed Directional Descriptions

Deeds often contain directional descriptions. The deed might say that one boundary line of the property runs “north 57 degrees 5 minutes west 100 feet”. That means that the particular boundary line of the property is 100 feet long and it goes in a north-westerly direction by the degrees so described.  If you check the...
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Does Your Mortgage Really Have Priority?

If you record a mortgage affecting land with the local county land recording office, that gives you priority over someone filing another mortgage after yours, correct? Well, not necessarily. I’m not saying don’t record. Always record. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve been protected. A recent example of how this can happen arises in the...
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