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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Ohio commercial transactions: Improving your position as a “lender”

July 10, 2017

Frequently, clients desire to lend money, seller-finance the sale of their business or other asset, buy and then lease out a building, or engage in some other business transaction because they are motivated by favorable business terms the transaction provides on its surface: A high rate of interest, a good return under a lease, or … Continue reading Ohio commercial transactions: Improving your position as a “lender”

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Real property tax valuation: Ohio Supreme Court ruling gives force to legislative changes

June 23, 2017

In a case that was previously discussed here,  the Ohio Supreme Court issued an important ruling in a real estate valuation case, Terraza 8, LLC v. Franklin County Board of Revision, 2015-2063, yesterday. R.C. 5713.03 was amended in 2012 – allowing that the auditor may consider a recent sale price as the true value of … Continue reading Real property tax valuation: Ohio Supreme Court ruling gives force to legislative changes

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Ohio real estate law: Do the County Auditor’s records “mean anything”?

June 3, 2017

Our Ohio clients frequently come to us having performed their own amateur sleuthing on questions about title to real property before an initial meeting.  And the easiest place for them to have started their work is the County Auditor’s web site. Based upon the Auditor’s information, they many times have drawn preliminary conclusions regarding who … Continue reading Ohio real estate law: Do the County Auditor’s records “mean anything”?

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Commercial leases: Here’s a valuable tenant tip: Ask for an early termination option

June 2, 2017

In commercial tenant space, whether office, warehouse, manufacturing or retail, landlords typically want three-, five- or seven-year lease terms.  And this is reasonable given the cost of tenant build-out, Realtor commissions and the demands of their mortgage lenders.  It also is relatively standard in the marketplace. However, a tenant will rightfully reason that they can’t anticipate … Continue reading Commercial leases: Here’s a valuable tenant tip: Ask for an early termination option

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Ohio real estate law: A slip between closing and recording? It does happen.

May 14, 2017

As attorneys, especially in a smaller city like Cincinnati, we can be tempted to trust one another, especially experienced real estate practitioners as to the timing of recording of instruments.  But that trust can be misplaced, as many times between the “closing” and “recording” things go awry. Roundtable closings In Ohio, particularly southwest Ohio and for residential properties, round-table … Continue reading Ohio real estate law: A slip between closing and recording? It does happen.

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Ohio real estate law: Treble damages available for “recklessly” damaging another’s trees or other vegetation

May 11, 2017

A powerful statute exists in Ohio for damage to trees and vegetation on the property of another. Indeed, while one commonly would think that such a litigation tool would only be available to those injuring trees, the statute broadly covers damage to a “vine, bush, shrub, sapling, tree, or crop.” Revised Code Section 901.51 provides, very simply: … Continue reading Ohio real estate law: Treble damages available for “recklessly” damaging another’s trees or other vegetation

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Commercial Leases: “No right of offset,” what does that mean?

April 20, 2017

For both landlords and tenants, there is curious and confusing phraseology in many if not most commercial leases relative to the payment of rent: Rent will be paid without any set-off, counterclaim, deduction or recoupment whatsoever. That sounds like (and is) a lot of legalese, but what does that mean? It is, in fact, an … Continue reading Commercial Leases: “No right of offset,” what does that mean?

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At our core we are a Cincinnati real estate law firm, but we offer depth of experience in a broad array of areas of law

April 10, 2017

As we have grown, the vision of the Finney Law Firm is sharpening for our clients and the public: A broad array of services offered in one firm, each practice area delivered in a quality fashion. At our core, we are a real estate firm, with experienced transactional attorneys, a title insurance company that insures residential and … Continue reading At our core we are a Cincinnati real estate law firm, but we offer depth of experience in a broad array of areas of law

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Ohio real estate law: April 6 changes closings to require wires for monies over $1,000

April 6, 2017

Effective April 6, changes to Ohio’s Good Funds Law will require that all funds coming into and out of a title company trust account be wired funds with just two exceptions: (i) funds of $1,000 or less can be by personal check or cashier’s check and (ii) funds coming in from a Realtor’s escrow account … Continue reading Ohio real estate law: April 6 changes closings to require wires for monies over $1,000

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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!