Class action complaint claims complex lending scheme is impermissible under Ohio law

October 15, 2017

When banks and other lenders make a loan for real estate financing, they typically take back from the borrow a promissory note (promising to re-pay the sums borrowed) and a mortgage against the real estate financed (securing the payment of the loan). And under that scenario, even a borrower in default has certain rights as … Continue reading Class action complaint claims complex lending scheme is impermissible under Ohio law

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Homebuyers Beware – Is the Seller Current on the Water Bill?

October 15, 2017

If you are purchasing a home in a county with a countywide water system (e.g. Butler County), you should be aware of a little known wrinkle in the law that could leave you on the hook for your seller’s water bill. R.C. 6103.02(G) gives a county water works three options to collect unpaid water bills: … Continue reading Homebuyers Beware – Is the Seller Current on the Water Bill?

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Ohio Budget Bill Includes Changes to Tax Appeals Procedure

September 22, 2017

A recent change to Ohio Revised Code Section 5717.04 will remove the option to file an appeal from a Board of Tax Appeals decision directly to the Ohio Supreme Court. Starting September 29, 2017, Ohioan’s unhappy with a Board of Tax Appeals decision will now have to file their appeal with the local Court of … Continue reading Ohio Budget Bill Includes Changes to Tax Appeals Procedure

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Ohio Tax Law: Is your county starting a new tax triennial?

September 16, 2017

Every parcel of real property in Ohio undergoes a major “reappraisal” by the County Auditor’s office every six years and then a minor “update” in the three years in the middle of that six-year cycle.  Different counties in Ohio are on a different six year and three year cycle. Below is a list of the counties going through … Continue reading Ohio Tax Law: Is your county starting a new tax triennial?

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Ohio Supreme Court: Sale and Leasebacks are not Arm’s-Length Transactions

September 14, 2017

In a widely anticipated decision that will have major implications for Ohio businesses, the Ohio Supreme Court today ruled that, for purposes of property tax valuation, sale-leaseback transactions are not “arm’s-length.” Meaning that county auditors and boards of revision should not simply adopt the sale price in such transactions as the “true value” when valuing … Continue reading Ohio Supreme Court: Sale and Leasebacks are not Arm’s-Length Transactions

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Ohio Real Estate Law: Constructive and Resulting Trusts: Little-Known Exceptions to a Well-Known Rule

September 10, 2017

As first-year law students and many even outside of the legal community know, the “statute of frauds,” codified in Ohio R.C. 1335.04, requires that any interest in land be evidenced by a writing. Principle of Part Performance But this general principle is not without exception. One of the more commonly referenced exceptions is part performance. … Continue reading Ohio Real Estate Law: Constructive and Resulting Trusts: Little-Known Exceptions to a Well-Known Rule

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Team Ivy hard at work

September 8, 2017

We caught Team Ivy hard at work on a Friday afternoon, all wearing their snazzy new Ivy Pointe Title polos.  From left to right: Chris Finney, Laura Linneman, Tida Griffits,  Patty Gillespie, and Rick Turner. Thanks, all!

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Good Funds Law updated again: Checks can be up to $10,000

September 5, 2017

In April of this year, the Ohio legislature passed an updated Good Funds Law for transactions involving residential real estate to mandate, among other things, wire transfers for amounts in excess of $1,000, with a few exceptions. Now, that amount has been increased to $10,000. So, the new rule is that a ll funds coming … Continue reading Good Funds Law updated again: Checks can be up to $10,000

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Thank you, one and all.

September 3, 2017

I want to extend a warm and sincere “Thank You” to the attorneys, staff, vendors, and clients of Finney Law Firm, LLC who have joined together to make our firm — dedicated to “Making a Difference” for our clients and in our profession and community — a tremendous success in our first four years in … Continue reading Thank you, one and all.

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Ohio real estate brokerage law: Liens for Realtors in commercial transactions

July 18, 2017

How do I obtain an Ohio commercial real estate broker lien? First, let’s be clear: There is no lien right for real estate brokers for property consisting solely of between one and four residential units. (O.R.C §§1311.85 and .86). However, licensed real estate brokers do have lien rights in transactions involving commercial properties, i.e., anything other than between one and four residential units.  (O.R.C §§1311.86). The lien rights … Continue reading Ohio real estate brokerage law: Liens for Realtors in commercial transactions

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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!