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A gift is a transfer of property without any money changing hands. The person who makes the gift is called the donor. The recipient is called the donee. The requirements of a valid gift are that the donor voluntarily intends to give property, which is delivered to and accepted by the donee.
In today’s real estate market, it is not uncommon for either a buyer or a seller to purchase a home warranty. Such warranties usually cover appliances, as well as the systems within the house, including heating/air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing. Typically, the cost ranges from $350 to $500 for an average home.
An owner of real estate has the right to use the realty for any purpose and in any way that does not conflict with local statutes, ordinances, and zoning laws and any restrictive covenants. As long as the owner complies with those restrictions, the owner has the right to sell the property, to give it away by gift or by will, to exchange it, and to exclude others.
Very often, when a landlord and a tenant enter into a lease agreement, the landlord requires the tenant to make some type of payment to the landlord in addition to the first month’s rent. The payment serves as security that the tenant will return the leased premises to the landlord, at the end of the lease term, in substantially the same condition as when the parties entered into the lease agreement.
A "statute of frauds" refers to a statute that requires certain types of contracts to be in writing and signed by all parties in order to be enforceable. The matter is largely one of state law and state law varies from state to state.