Misrepresentation by Real Estate Agent: Wrong Square Footage in MLS Listing

| August 4, 2015

Last Update: 04/18/16 In Florida, real estate agents and brokers are seen as experts in their field (whether it be residential, commercial or industrial property) due, in part, to the fact they are licensed by the State of Florida to do business in our State. Licensure brings with it both the respect of being a […]

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 […]

Florida Residential Closings and Price Changes: Is The Buyer’s Offer Set in Stone?

| April 28, 2015

Last Update: 02/24/16 Buying a house or a condo here in South Florida may be the biggest purchase that someone makes in their lifetime, or one of the biggest. Buyers surf the web looking for the perfect home, as well as visiting potential properties with their real estate agent. Once a buyer has found the […]

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 […]

Property Disclosure Statements: Duty to Reveal Hazards in Florida Must Be Disclosed to Home Buyers

| August 19, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 Most sellers and buyers of residential real estate here in Florida depend upon their real estate agents to help them through the process. For buyers, it’s making sure that they have all the information that they need to make an informed purchase. For sellers, it’s relying upon their agent to know what […]

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 […]

Earnest Money Deposits – Is the Deposit in Dispute? – Is the Deposit Missing?

| July 22, 2014

Last Update: 02/24/16   What is an Earnest Money Deposit? When a buyer decides to make an offer to buy a house or condo here in Florida, he/she presents to the Seller a signed Purchase and Sale Agreement, which is normally accompanied by a check demonstrating the buyer’s serious intent to purchase the property – […]

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 […]

Can You Sue a Florida Real Estate Agent for Fraud and Can You Recover Punitive Damages?

| May 27, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 In Florida, if you have been the victim of an unscrupulous real estate agent or broker, you can do two things (assuming that talking with the real estate agent didn’t get you anywhere): one, you can file an official complaint with Florida Real Estate Commission; and second, you can file a civil […]

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

| May 20, 2014

Last Update: 04/18/16 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 […]

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