6 Tips For First Time Home Buyers In Florida

| February 20, 2018

First time home buyers are often anxious because the purchase of their single family home or condominium will likely be the largest transaction of their lifetime. For this reason, a new home buyer may find this process less overwhelming when it is separated into 3 parts. First, there is the contract for sale, which is […]

Quitclaim Deed Lawsuits

| January 1, 2018

In Florida, quitclaim deeds are one of the most common deeds to transfer real estate.  (Other common deeds include general warranty deeds, special warranty deeds and personal representative deeds.) This is because a large number of transactions involving quit claim deeds are interfamily transfers (marriage, divorce, probate, etc.) The person signing a signing a quit […]

Does a Landlord Have a Duty to Inspect and Make Repairs Before Leasing to a Tenant in Florida?

| November 14, 2017

Know your rights before you waive your right to have your landlord make repairs. Renting a home is very popular here in South Florida.  In fact, so many people are renting rather than buying a home, that the cost to rent has risen dramatically in the past few years. In this kind of market, anyone […]

Florida Real Estate Closings Don’t End At The Closing Table

| October 31, 2017

Real estate closings in Florida can be complicated and overwhelming to some sellers and buyers. With all of the effort that goes into buying a home, including reviewing the contract and addendum, negotiations, inspections, the loan application process, and the actual closing, it is important to know what to expect when the day comes to […]

Landlord Tenant Disputes After A Major Storm (Hurricane)

| October 3, 2017

After a major storm or hurricane here in Florida, apartments and other rental properties are often damaged to the point where they need some level of repair to make them livable. In some instances, the property may be a total loss or the damage is so bad that repairs can take an extended period of […]

Real Estate Damage Claims After A Major Storm (Hurricane) in Florida

| September 18, 2017

We all know that living in Florida means having to deal with real property damage claims caused by tropical storms, tornadoes and by the dreaded hurricane.  (Like 2017’s Category 4 Hurricane Irma).     Just like any other insurance claim, a claimant (homeowner) should ask themselves the following questions when deciding how to proceed after […]

Partition of Florida Homestead Property

| June 27, 2017

In Florida, “homestead property” is residential real estate which is occupied by a person or family as their permanent residence. The legal concept of “homestead” is provided by the Florida constitution.  Its purpose is to stop the family home, or homestead, from being sold to pay off debts incurred by the land owner.  Tullis v. […]

Payment Defense to Foreclosure

| April 18, 2017

In Florida, when a lender files a foreclosure lawsuit, the lender must prove that a homeowner has breached his or her obligations under the note and/or mortgage. In turn, a homeowner has the right to raise defenses that defeat or otherwise mitigate the claims made by the lender. One such foreclosure defense is payment. The […]

Satisfaction of Mortgages in Florida

| December 27, 2016

Once you send in your final mortgage payment (or you payoff your loan when refinancing or selling your home), your lender has an obligation to act.  It’s the law. The bank is required to prepare and record in the public records where the property is located a “satisfaction of mortgage.”  Why?  So the public records […]

How Do You Terminate The Joint Tenancy of Florida Real Estate?  

| December 13, 2016

In Florida, there is more than one way to own an interest in real estate.  It’s important to understand these ways before “taking title” to the property at the closing table. One key question in deciding how to own property:  is the owner able to convey complete ownership in the future to a third party […]

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