PART I: NATURE OF REAL ESTATE LAW; OWNERSHIP OF REAL ESTATE. 1. Nature and Sources of American Land Law. 2. Ownership Rights and Liabilities; Role of Insurance. 3. Interests in Real Property-An Overview; Freehold Estates. 4. Nonownership Interests; Easements, Profits, and Licenses. 5. Co-ownership of Real Estate; Marital Interests. 6. Acquiring Ownership of Real Estate. PART II: THE REAL ESTATE SALES TRANSACTION. 7. Locating a Ready, Able, and Willing Buyer: Role of Real Estate Brokers. 8. Reaching Agreement: Elements of the Real Estate Sales Contract. 9. Assuring the Purchaser of Marketable Title. 10. Financing the Purchase of Real Estate: Mortgages, Deeds of Trust, and Other Security Arrangements. 11. Closing the Real Estate Sales Transaction. PART III: LEASING AND IMPROVING REAL ESTATE; CONDOMINIUMS AND REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS. 12. Leasing Real Estate and the Landlord-Tenant Relationship. 13. Commercial Leasing: The Landlord-Tenant Relationship in a Business Context. 14. Improving Real Estate: Construction and Development; Mechanics' Liens. 15. Condominiums and Other Co-ownership Arrangements; Real Estate Investments. PART IV: TAXATION AND REGULATION OF REAL ESTATE; NATURAL RESOURCES AND AGRICULTURAL LAW. 16. Taxation, Regulation, and the Power of Eminent Domain: Government Revenue and Control Measures. 17. Zoning and Restrictive Covenants. 18. Environmental Law: Protecting the Land, Air, Water, and Ecosystem. 19. Water Rights, Natural Resources, and Agricultural Law. Glossary. Index.