Ohio Real Estate Law: Finney Law Firm wins yet another “Point-of-Sale Inspections” class action

July 9, 2019

In May, Finney Law Firm notched its fourth in a series of wins in class actions against point-of-sale inspection ordinances in Ohio and Kentucky.  Previous judgments or settlements have been achieved against Covington, Kentucky, Oakwood, Ohio and Portsmouth, Ohio.  Each Ohio case was co-counseled with attorney Maurice Thompson and the non-profit law firm the 1851 … Continue reading Ohio Real Estate Law: Finney Law Firm wins yet another “Point-of-Sale Inspections” class action

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Advanced Ohio Title Insurance Topics: To preserve General Warranty Covenants and benefits of title insurance, don’t “break the chain”

July 2, 2019

As we discuss here and here, title insurance provides a lifetime of coverage to the insured owner, and covenants in a general warranty deed also last forever.  This is true, however, only as to losses sustained by the insured under a title insurance policy and the grantee under a general warranty deed, and essentially as … Continue reading Advanced Ohio Title Insurance Topics: To preserve General Warranty Covenants and benefits of title insurance, don’t “break the chain”

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The best expert witness cross examination question ever!

June 27, 2019

As I meet with clients to explain the expensive and drawn-out odyssey that litigation can become, it can be a challenge to explain the mind-bending mental gymnastics that attorneys can force parties to endure.  Things that are painfully logical and simple to ordinary folks (laymen, non-attorneys) can be expensive and difficult to establish in court … Continue reading The best expert witness cross examination question ever!

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Ohio Real Estate Law: Buyers backing out of residential purchase contracts

June 15, 2019

The hot topic today in Ohio real estate law is the problem for sellers and Realtors of buyers backing out of residential purchase contracts and thus, after tying up a property for 15 to 30 days, putting the property back on the market for sale. This creates the problem of a “stale” listing and the … Continue reading Ohio Real Estate Law: Buyers backing out of residential purchase contracts

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Shoddy construction and late completion claims are “trending”

June 12, 2019

As lawyers experienced in Ohio real estate  law, we get  calls from existing and new clients nearly daily with the problem du  jour.  We have seen mortgage fraud, we have seen fraudulent deeds, we have seen predatory lenders, and we have seen home builders go bust. The calls we are getting lately (other than complaints … Continue reading Shoddy construction and late completion claims are “trending”

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Finney Law Firm and Matt Nolan Present: Property Valuation Challenges

March 3, 2019

Warren County Auditor Matt Nolan and Finney Law Firm attorney Brian Shrive will give a presentation to the Real Estate Investor’s Association of Greater Cincinnati (REIAGC) covering the property valuation challenge process. The correct valuation of real property can mean the difference between success and failure for residential and commercial landlords, and their tenants. On … Continue reading Finney Law Firm and Matt Nolan Present: Property Valuation Challenges

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Finney Law Firm successfully challenges Harbour Portfolio Advisors in land installment contract litigation

August 3, 2018

One of the many unfortunate outcomes of the subprime mortgage crisis has been that unscrupulous predatory investors scooped up broad portfolios of real estate at very low prices, and then re-sold them in troubled neighborhoods to unqualified buyers on land installment contract. This had the dual effects of victimizing unknowledgeable and unqualified buyers and keeping … Continue reading Finney Law Firm successfully challenges Harbour Portfolio Advisors in land installment contract litigation

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City of Cincinnati enacts new Land Installment Contract law

August 3, 2018

The City of Cincinnati has enacted a new series of restrictions on property owners selling under land installment contracts as Chapter 870 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code. It appears to be a response to the questionable tactics of a single large investor who bought a significant number of properties in the subprime mortgage crisis, and then … Continue reading City of Cincinnati enacts new Land Installment Contract law

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CABR reports home sales volume and home prices set new records, listings down

May 24, 2018

The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors today reported that home sales volume was up 4% year over year for April, listings are down 12.5% and average home sales prices are up 4.82%.  These trends mirror the trends we are seeing in both the law firm and the title insurance company. You may ready the CABR … Continue reading CABR reports home sales volume and home prices set new records, listings down

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Review of Ohio House Bill No. 446

April 10, 2018

Powers of attorney are written authorizations to represent or act on another person’s behalf.  The person granting the authorization is the principal and the person to whom authorization is granted is the agent.  A standard power of attorney gives the agent the authority to act immediately and identifies the specific powers that the agent may … Continue reading Review of Ohio House Bill No. 446

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April 6: Important changes to Ohio Good Funds Law is significant change to all closings

March 27, 2017

Effective April 6, changes to Ohio’s Good Funds Law will require that all funds coming into and out of a … Continue reading April 6: Important changes to Ohio Good Funds Law is significant change to all closings


Ivy Pointe: A commitment to best practices, fully compliant with CFPB regulations

May 26, 2015

note from Christopher Finney When we launched Ivy Pointe Title, LLC just nine months ago, we made a full-throttled commitment … Continue reading Ivy Pointe: A commitment to best practices, fully compliant with CFPB regulations


Have you read our series “About the Title Insurance Policy?”

May 17, 2015

We took the time to write a series of six articles on some fundamentals of title insurance to educate the … Continue reading Have you read our series “About the Title Insurance Policy?”


Thanks to our team and clients for a great 2014!

December 21, 2014

It has only been 60 days since we formally launched Ivy Pointe Title, LLC, but the team we have assembled … Continue reading Thanks to our team and clients for a great 2014!


We caught our team hard at work!

November 18, 2014

We caught our IPT team working hard, closing transactions accurately and on time! So proud of them!  


Real estate seller financing: So many options; what do they mean?

November 17, 2014

With today’s low interest rates and relatively available money from traditional commercial and residential mortgage lenders, seller financing of real … Continue reading Real estate seller financing: So many options; what do they mean?


Please connect with us on social media

October 28, 2014

Ivy Point Title is committed to bring you quality, timely and responsive service on every real estate closing, but in … Continue reading Please connect with us on social media


We hit the ground running!

October 26, 2014

Two weeks ago, our title team of Rick Turner, Evan Meredith and Patti Gillespie moved into their new offices adjacent … Continue reading We hit the ground running!