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The VA Home Loan Guaranty – A Valuable Resource for Veterans

Introduction A home loan through the Loan Guaranty program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) presents a real opportunity for U.S. veterans to purchase a home when they may otherwise not be able to do so.  Benefits to a VA loan include lower interest rates, more flexible underwriting requirements, no down payment, and increased purchasing power.  One potentially under-utilized

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An Important Lesson For Condominium Developers

On December 15, 2016, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an unpublished opinion in the matter of Woodland Estates, LLC v. City of Sterling Heights and County of Macomb. The Woodland Estates case should be taken as a warning to developers. This case illustrates the importance of obtaining legal advice from an attorney throughout all stages of the development process. The

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Turkey Deep-Fryers in Condominiums: Crispy and Delicious but Bad for You Financially

Introduction Deep fried turkey combines the deliciousness of a well-cooked turkey with the crispiness of deep-fried goodness.  Thanksgiving is one of the few opportunities many families have to enjoy a deep-fried turkey because of the time and attention needed to use a deep-fryer, especially one able to handle a ten pound turkey.  What can go wrong? Thanksgiving is the peak

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Charter Township of Lyon v Petty: The Exercise of “Discretion” in Enforcing Zoning Ordinances

Introduction              Through the Zoning Enabling Act, MCL 125.3101, et seq., Michigan has delegated to its municipalities many of the functions related to the regulation and development of land.  With this delegation comes a responsibility to administer and enforce land use restrictions properly adopted by the municipality.  In many instances, however, strict enforcement (i.e., enforcement), of the zoning act could

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Interested in learning more about Michigan Condo and HOA Law? Attend one of Kevin Hirzel’s upcoming seminars

It is back to school season and fall is a perfect time for condominium board members to educate themselves on Michigan Condominium and HOA Law. Whether you are a seasoned condominium board member or new condominium board member, Kevin Hirzel’s seminars will have something for you.  The seminars will not only tackle the basics in proper Condominium and HOA operations, but also discuss latest developments

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Factors to Consider in Maintaining and Maximizing the Value of Your Condominium

Introduction             Developers in the City of Detroit recently announced a plan to open an eleven (11) story 83 unit luxury condominium complex in Detroit known as The Ashton Detroit.  Construction is expected to start in 2017 and it is to be ready for occupancy by 2018.  The $35 million project is significant because it is the first free-standing condominium

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