What is the Real Value of Your Florida Home? – Breaking the Rules to Get a Deal Closed

| September 9, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16   The Importance of Real Estate Appraisals It’s basic, if you want to buy a home in Florida with a mortgage, you need an appraisal of the property (you also need one if you want to refinance your mortgage). Appraisals are formal documents containing an expert analysis of the market value of […]

Does a Home Buyer Have a Claim Because They Weren’t Told About a Problem with Their Home?

| August 5, 2014

Last Update: 1/1/16 What Type of Property Conditions Must Be Disclosed to Florida Home Buyers (And What Can Be Kept Hidden) Under Florida Law? Under Florida law, a buyer can sue for damages, and  even rescind a transaction, where a seller or real estate agent doesn’t reveal a material problem with the home prior to purchase.  […]

Defects Discovered in the Home After Closing: What Can a Buyer Do?

| July 29, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 There are all kinds of problems with their new home that buyers may discover after they’ve left the closing table and moved into their new home or condo. Home defects can be found in brand new homes that have just been built.  Problems can also be discovered in homes that have been […]

What Do You Do When You Discover the Value of Your Property Isn’t What the Real Estate Agent Told You?

| July 15, 2014

Last Update: 02/24/16 Misrepresentation Of a Home’s Value For most of us, the most essential term in any Florida real estate transaction is the contract price: the amount the seller and the buyer agree on for purchasing the home, condo, or townhouse. Each side assumes that he (or she) has accurate information on what the […]

19 Reasons To Hire a Real Estate Lawyer When Buying or Selling Florida Real Estate

| April 15, 2014

Last Update: 02/24/16 In Florida, particularly South Florida, families want to own a home; retirees want to buy a condo or townhouse; investors from around the country and world want investment property, including rentals; and vacation homes in or near the water are a dream of almost everyone. For most buyers, the purchase of a […]

When a Florida Real Estate Agent Does Something Wrong: Florida Realtors vs. Florida Real Estate Commission vs. Florida Fraud or Negligence Claim

| February 18, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 As the name suggests, the Florida Association of Realtors’ (“Florida Realtors”) membership primarily includes Florida real estate agents and brokers but it also includes other affiliated real estate related professions in the State of Florida (including, for example, appraisers, attorneys, banks/mortgage companies, home inspection companies and moving companies), and, as a result, […]

Flopping In Florida: Real Estate Agents And Insider Realtor Deals – Are You A Victim Of This Kind Of Florida Real Estate Fraud?

| January 28, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 In recent years, most of us in South Florida have become all too aware of real estate “flipping” — where a distressed home is purchased by an investor who goes into the deal with the idea of doing some improvements to the place and then reselling the place for a profit. It’s […]

Underwater Mortgages in Florida and the United States: New CoreLogic Negative Equity Report Reveals Slow Recovery for Home Owners with Underwater Mortgages

| March 19, 2013

Underwater: it’s a scary term for many real estate owners here in South Florida, and it’s a major concern for many who pay their mortgage payment each month, knowing full well that the amount on the home loan is so much greater than the current value of the home itself. It’s a continuing dilemma:  is […]

LPS Report Issued: Florida and the Judicial Foreclosure Process Get Zinged – Could There Be a Hidden Agenda?

| September 13, 2012

There’s another new report out on the state of the Florida real estate market, and South Florida home owners — people in places like Broward County or Miami-Dade — need to be aware of its findings.  The source is Lender Processing Services (LPS) and the name of the report is its “Mortgage Monitor Report”.  Here’s […]

FRAFing: Appraisal Fraud Because Banks Want to Keep Housing Values As Low As Possible in Mortgage Buy-Backs – Bank Wrongdoing Continues

| September 11, 2012

Just like the rest of the country, in Florida it is extremely important to be able to trust your real estate appraisal because appraisals, compiled by appraisers that are depended upon by many, many people to be responsible, thorough, knowledgable, and honest, give the bottom line on how much a piece of property (house, condo, […]