Philadelphia Real Estate Lawyer

Philadelphia Real Estate Lawyer

Harper J. Dimmerman, Attorney at Law, focuses his law practice of real estate law. He handles both litigation and transactional matters. If you need an attorney for settlement, negotiation, For Sale by Owner transactions or litigation (mechanics’ liens, confession of judgment, partition, landlord tenant, foreclosure defense, ejectment, quiet title, breach of contract, contract litigation, seller disclosure fraud, home inspection cases, realtor negligence cases, amongst others).


Philadelphia’s tax abatement program is a wonderful incentive for homebuyers. However, even when these abatements have been approved and advertised as such, buyers are running into a major problem upon taking ownership if the seller/selling entity has other outstanding tax liabilities with the City of Philadelphia. In these instances, the innocent buyer may not receive the benefit of the abatement, potentially costing that buyer(s) tens of thousands of dollars in unanticipated taxes. Thus, even with title insurance, it is essential that a real estate lawyer be engaged prior to closing to ensure that written documentation be obtained from the City of Philadelphia to confirm that the abatement is ripe.

Real Estate Lawsuit Against Seller – blog post by Philadelphia lawyer

Harper Dimmerman handles real estate law and litigation; his office is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A Chester County court just recently sided with a homeowner who sued the prior owner after discovering problems with the house.  Plaintiff brought claims against the previous owner after encountering various flaws in the home. As a result of water damage and leaking, the Plaintiff paid more than $16,000 for repairs. The Plaintiff argued that the seller breached an implied warranty of habitability, breached contract, violated the Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Law and failed to disclose water leakage problems on the sellers’ disclosure statement. The Court concludes that the implied warranty of habitability had been breached. An implied warranty of habitability is created when a contract to build or sell residential construction is executed. The agreement of sale stated that the property was being sold “in as-is condition” and “without warranty.” However, the agreement did not contain language that was particular enough to waive the implied warranty of habitability.