5 Must-Have Prerequisites for A Valid Contract to Sell Residential Real Estate In Florida

| April 26, 2016

In Florida, real estate transactions are governed by both real estate and contract law (other laws and regulations can also apply, like those related to mold, lead based paint, coastal control issues, etc.). As a result, transactions can quickly become complicated. Most Buyers and sellers know that all real estate transactions should have a written […]

What Are The Risks With Airbnb If You Rent Your Florida Home or Condo?

| November 3, 2015

Last Update: 03/21/16 The holiday season is here, and there are people all over the world who plan of spending their vacation basking in the warm Florida sunshine. Unfortunately, hotels and resorts throughout South Florida are already booked.  However, there’s still lodging opportunities for travelers who wish to visit Miami and Fort Lauderdale and our […]

5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT WITH FLORIDA CLOSINGS

| June 16, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 Here in South Florida, closings on residential real estate happen every day: condos are purchased for retirement homes and as investment rentals; homes in neighborhoods like Coconut Grove, Brickell, and Palm Beach are sold to families that may be moving across town or from across the country. In Miami, there are lots […]

Inherited Property and Partition: When Your Brother or Sister or Other Heir Won’t Agree to the Sale

| May 19, 2015

Last Update: 02/10/16 In Florida, when a parent passes away owning real estate and they are the only owner or the only surviving owner, the property, whether it is the family home or the family vacation property, becomes part of the deceased parent’s probate estate.  In most circumstances, this means that the property can only […]

Selling the House After a Florida Divorce: Is Partition the Answer?

| May 12, 2015

Last Update: 04/18/16 You live in Florida and you just got divorced. The two of you bought a house while you were married, which is usually the most valuable marital asset. The judge finalized your divorce, but ownership and how the home is to be disposed of wasn’t mentioned or adequately addressed in the settlement […]

Escrow/Deposit Problems in Florida Residential Real Estate Closings

| May 5, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 When you are buying a home here in South Florida, or you are trying to sell a house or condo somewhere in the Miami – Palm Beach – Fort Lauderdale area, there are certain things that are automatic in every residential transaction. The buyer makes an offer and the seller either counters […]

Is Your Real Estate Agent Guilty of Discrimination?

| February 17, 2015

Last Update: 02/24/16 Real estate agents in Florida can do bad things that hurt both home buyers and sellers in serious ways. A buyer may end up with ugly surprises in her new home: things like hidden defects (e.g., mold) that was not disclosed prior to closing. The seller may be thwarted from selling their […]

Can Your Landlord Keep Your Security Deposit?

| January 13, 2015

All of us have rented an apartment, condo or townhouse at one time or another during our lifetime. In some cases, after we have moved out we have had to deal with issues with our landlord related to our security deposit. In fact, a lot of calls I receive from tenants revolve around landlords keeping […]

Will Your Old Condo Association Sue You For Past Due Assessments After a Foreclosure?

| November 4, 2014

You have gone through all the stress and heartache of a foreclosure proceeding on your Florida condominium. Maybe you’re a Florida resident who lost their home to the bank. You could be a snowbird or an out of state investor who was sued for foreclosure by your lender. As an owner, you’ve seen your credit […]

Watch Out for Unlicensed Real Estate Agents in Florida

| September 16, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 Be careful not to be the victim of an unlicensed real estate agent or real estate broker when buying or selling Florida real estate.    Real estate transactions that are based upon mistakes or fraud can cause serious harm to buyers and sellers — accordingly, the Florida real estate industry is heavily […]

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