3 Types of Title Issues Which Impact Florida Real Estate Closings

| September 29, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 In South Florida, when a seller is told by a buyer’s title examiner that there is a “title issue,” that usually means that there is some sort of lien, defect or encumbrance in the public records which clouds the title to the property. In most instances, buyers won’t take ownership of property […]

What Is A Florida Lis Pendens?

| September 15, 2015

One big surprise that often appears in the chain of title to real property that is being sold here in Florida (condos, townhouses, and single family residences) is a “Notice Of Lis Pendens.”  Unfortunately, the discovery of one of these notices, in many instances, catches just as many sellers off-guard as they do prospective buyers. […]

Title Insurance and Closing Your Florida Home Purchase

| June 2, 2015

Last Update: 02/22/16 When you buy a house or other residential real estate here in Florida, you are buying both the land as well as the improvements to it (the building, the sewage system components buried under the house, the fence, the landscaping, etc.). If you are buying a condominium, then you are buying an […]

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 […]

How Important is Title in a Florida Residential Real Estate Closing?

| April 21, 2015

Last Update: 02/24/16 Closings for residential real estate (homes, condos) are often held at the offices of title companies here in South Florida (even though most real estate lawyers will close a transaction at no additional cost). One of the most important aspects of a real estate closing, is the title work, which is an […]

When Is a Florida Real Estate Agent or Broker Guilty of the Unauthorized Practice of Law?

| March 24, 2015

Last Update: 02/24/16 Buying or selling a home or condominium here in South Florida involves lots of paperwork, much of it legal documents like contracts with the real estate agent or broker (a listing agreement); as well as sales contracts, deeds, title searches and title commitments, disclosures and more. In fact, almost every kind of […]

Liens on Your Florida Condo or Home: What are They and How Do You Get Rid of Them?

| March 3, 2015

Condo living is a different lifestyle here in Florida, one that lots of people enjoy. Sharing the responsibilities of lawn care and landscaping, pool upkeep, and more can free condo residents from chores they would have face if they lived in a single family home in the suburbs. However, living the Florida Condo life also […]

Is Sharing Ownership of Florida Real Estate Causing a Problem For You? – Partition Actions in Florida

| May 20, 2014

Last Update: 10/28/17 There are all sorts of situations where someone may share ownership in Florida real estate and there are lots of good reasons to own real estate jointly; however, when things go south, jointly owned property can be a tremendous headache for all of the parties involved. Consider these situations where sharing ownership […]

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 […]

Florida Real Estate Partitions And Underwater Mortgages: Are They Connected?

| March 4, 2014

Last Updated: 08/01/16 Recently, we had a blog comment asking about the value of real estate and whether or not an underwater home should or can be partitioned under Florida law. Asked another way, is the value of real estate, and equity in the property, a factor in a decision (or demand) to partition property […]

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