Scott Timmer Elected to Serve on Council

Posted on August 4, 2017
GGTM is proud to announce that our own J. Scott Timmer was elected by his peers to serve on the Council for the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan at the Section’s annual meeting on July 21, 2017.  The Council... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Business

GGTM Welcomes Real Estate and Business Lawyer J. Scott Timmer To Its Team

Posted on May 6, 2016
Scott Timmer has joined Gielow Groom Terpstra & McEvoy (“GGTM”), adding strength to the firm’s growing legal team. Timmer is the seventh attorney to join GGTM, bringing with him more than 35 years’ experience in the practice of real estate and business law. Timmer... CONTINUE READING
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Ottawa County Awarded $400,000 in Brownfield Grant Funds

Posted on February 13, 2015
Ottawa County was recently awarded $400,000 in grant funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The monies are to be utilized for conducting environmental assessments at prospective Brownfield sites. Brownfields are properties where the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of the properties may be... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Environmental

Governor Approves Bill To Prevent Further Uncapping Of Property Taxes

Posted on October 15, 2014
Governor Snyder has approved a bill that will increase the allowable exceptions to uncapping the taxable value for property transfers under MCL 211.27a. Public Act 310 of 2014, which goes into effect December 31, 2014, will allow certain transfers of real property to and... CONTINUE READING

Part Performance/Statute of Frauds

Posted on January 9, 2013
Michigan requires that agreements for the sale of land be in writing and signed by the seller.  Michigan’s statute of frauds contains this rule.  The purpose of the statute of frauds is to prevent parties from disputing the terms and conditions of oral contracts... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Real Estate

Equitable Subrogation Lives On

Posted on August 16, 2012
The world of equitable subrogation in the context of mortgage refinancing was turned on its head when the Michigan Court of Appeals decided Ameriquest Mtg Co v Alton, 273 Mich App 84 (2006).  Since that time, in 2008, Michigan’s recording statute was amended.  Thereafter,... CONTINUE READING
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Mortgage Company That Failed To Release UCC Lien On Mobile Home Found Liable For Lot Rent To Park

Posted on August 10, 2012
The Michigan Court of Appeals in Green Tree Servicing v Sheldon Futernick (2006) determined that a party that repossessed a mobile home would be liable for lot rent to a park after the date of repossession under an implied-in-fact contract theory.  But what happens... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Real Estate

Unjust Enrichment Argument in Construction Lien Suit

Posted on July 23, 2012
An unpaid material supplier raised an interesting argument in an attempt to get paid from the mortgage company in a construction lien lawsuit.  In Arlington Transit Mix v MGA Homes, unpublished Michigan Court of Appeals decision dated June 26, 2012 (Docket No. 295530), a homeowner... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Real Estate

Careful Review of Local Ordinance Leads to Recent Cell Tower Victory

Posted on April 18, 2012
When a major telecommunications company targets a particular property or location for a new cell tower, to the local citizens and residents impacted by the tower, it can seem like a foregone conclusion that they will have to simply suck it up and bear... CONTINUE READING
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