Posts in Orchestrating Real Estate
A Bill of Sale and Proving Violin Ownership 

In the 1960's, Genevieve Veder donated the Duke of Alcantra Strad to UCLA, which loaned the valuable instrument to violinist David Margetts, who lost it. When the instrument surfaced 27 years later,  another violinist claimed that she was the rightful owner because UCLA did not have complete documentation showing its ownership. Documentation showing change of ownership is equally important in real estate transactions. 

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Fermatas, Grand Pauses, and Alternatives to Holdbacks in Real Estate Transactions

Fermatas and grand pauses are alternatives a composer can use slow down the pace of the music when the changes to tempowon't create the desired effect. In a real estate transaction, sometimes, the parties’ circumstances don't allow for a holdback, and the parties are forced to look for alternatives.

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How Holdbacks Affect Music and Real Estate Transactions

There are four music terms describing a holding back of tempo, each having its own nuanced meaning. Similarly, there are different holdback strategies in real estate transactions, which parties should tailor to the needs of their transaction.

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Be Aware of Legal Issues When You “Drone” On Someone Else’s Property

Drone is a musical term which refers to a single note (or notes) which is played continuously throughout a piece of music. A drone note also can be used as a music education tool to help with intonation. Another type of drone, which does not involve music, has also been in the news. From package delivery, to search and rescue operations , to real estate inspections , unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, also called drones, have become mainstream.

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Accessorizing your Violin and Your Real Estate

Like many violinists, I have a weakness for accessories. Not fashion accessories like scarves and handbags, but violin accessories like mutes, shoulder rests , rosin , humidifiers, metronomes , and chinrests. Real estate can have “accessories” too. A homeowner may construct a gazebo or storage shed to “accessorize” their home. Owners of an apartment complex might construct carports or a swimming pool, or a restaurant may construct an outside covered pavilion for summer outdoor dining.

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Riding the Ferris Wheel and Planning an Exit Strategy for a Tenant-in-Common Investment

On June 21, 1893, at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, more than 2,000 people gathered for the opening of the world’s largest Ferris Wheel. After George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., designer of the wheel, and other dignitaries gave speeches, and the fifty-piece Iowa State Band played patriotic tunes, the wheel was started for the first time, belying the background story.

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What’s in Your Orchestra? Evaluating the "Bundle of Sticks" in Your Real Estate Transaction

Acquiring commercial real estate is a lot like an orchestra in that purchasing real estate consists of purchasing many more assets than meets the eye. When you buy commercial real estate, you know you are getting the land and buildings. Yet, as with an orchestra, there are leases, contracts, personal property and intellectual property, which also may be part of a real estate acquisition.

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Cats, Dogs, Peacocks, and Mice – Accommodating Disabilities and Assistance Animals

My cats have “contributed” to my articles by walking across my keyboard as I work. I was less thrilled with the cats when one left a dead mouse as a present on my stairs. A recent Kennedy Center audience might have appreciated my cats’ hunting skills.  In addition to music from the National Symphony Orchestra, “entertainment” was provided by a mouse in the concert hall. 

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Swapping Violins, Pokémon Go, and Trespassers

The conductor asked each first violinist to swap his/her violin with one of the second violinists’ instruments. The conductor then had the students play with the borrowed violins. This raises an interesting legal question: If one of a first violinist’s expensive instruments had been damaged, who would be responsible to pay for the repairs? A similar question currently is in front of courts where real estate owners have brought trespass suits against the developer of Pokémon Go.

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