I Received an IRS Form 1099: Can The Bank Still Try and Collect on the Florida Deficiency Judgment?

| July 1, 2014

Here in Florida, more and more deficiency judgment collection efforts are being pursued by lenders and debt collectors, even though the associated foreclosure or short sale happened several years back. And, to make matters worse, and confusing, Florida borrowers have been receiving 1099s (a/k/a IRS Form 1099) from their lender related to their deficiency. What […]

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 Families After a Foreclosure: What Happens to Florida Households Post-Foreclosure? Good News as Foreclosures Don’t Block New Home Mortgages

| February 4, 2014

The impact of a foreclosure upon a family and its financial future has been the subject of many studies over the last several years, particularly after the recent Housing Crisis hit the United States. (For example, read the 2011 study by a Federal Reserve economist about “The Post-Foreclosure Experience of US Households.”) The logical thing […]

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 […]

Florida Hardest Hit Fund Applications Accepted Today – For the Few Florida Home Owners Who Will Get Help

| October 1, 2013

Beginning this morning at 9:00 am, the Florida Hardest Hit program sprang back to life, accepting new applications for the federal principal reduction program that promises Florida home owners burdened with underwater mortgages a decrease of up to $50,000 in their mortgage loan balance. That’s right: under the Florida Hardest Hit plan, Florida mortgages can […]

Florida Foreclosure Backlog – Still Lots of Problems With Florida Foreclosures as Florida AG Reminds Florida Courts to Protect Florida Homeowner Rights in Foreclosure Proceedings

| September 19, 2013

Last Update: 02/24/16 All experienced Florida foreclosure defense lawyers know that the national Foreclosure Mortgage Settlement Agreement contains a provision that mandates that lenders not go forward with a foreclosure if there is an alternative in the works for that home loan (for example, a loan modification or short sale is being negotiated). You may […]

Are Florida Short Sales a Favorite With Florida Lenders?: Florida Sellers Have Great Deals for Buyers – How Florida Short Sale Lawyers Can Help.

| August 20, 2013

Last Update: 02/24/16 In a recent news article, it was reported that there is a “stigma” surrounding the Short Sale option in buying a home these days. CBSNews reported with a story entitled, “Is there a stigma with home “short sales”?” (Read the coverage here). In fact, a Fort Lauderdale area realtor was interviewed for […]

5 Tips for Florida Home Owners Considering For Sale By Owner Option in Selling Their Florida Home

| March 12, 2013

Across the country, according to news reports, more and more home owners are opting to try and sell their homes themselves instead of working with a realtor or real estate agent to help them get their home sold. Why?  One of the biggest reasons is cost: with real estate prices being what they are, many […]

Florida Short Sales Target of Federal and State Legislation: New Proposed Laws to Help Florida Home Owners Trying to Short Sell Their Home

| February 28, 2013

Florida home owners fighting foreclosure, and foreclosure defense attorneys, and Florida lawyers helping with short sales for that matter, may need a bit of good news after dealing with the ramifications of the Florida Supreme Court’s decision in Pino v. Bank of New York this month – and we’re getting some from lawmakers in Tallahassee […]

Florida Short Sales: Home Owners Selling in Short Sales Need to Be Aware of the Tax Lien Investor: Who Holds The Liens on Your Florida Property?

| February 12, 2013

Across the country, there’s lots of positive feedback about Fannie Mae’s “HomePath for Short Sales” where any Fannie Mae-owned home loan can be escalated by the realtor – and once this happens, Fannie Mae people enter the transaction to work directly with the mortgage servicer as well as the realtor to get things resolved and […]

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