The term “real property” refers to the right to use, control and dispose of land and everything of a permanent nature over or under it, including structures and minerals.
GetLegal’s Real Estate Law Center provides legal information relating to real estate transactions and use.
Real estate transactions, such as buying a house, are governed by state contract law and a variety of federal laws, such as the Federal Fair Housing Act.
A mortgage involves the transfer of an interest in land as security for a loan or other obligation. Mortgages are mainly governed by state statutory and common law.
Landlord–tenant law governs the rental of commercial and residential property and is composed primarily of state statutory and common law.
Zoning and land use laws regulate how land is developed and used, including divisions into areas for specific uses such as commercial, residential or industrial.
Last updated: Oct. 29, 2008