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 […]

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: 3/1/18 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 […]

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 House Bill 87 and “Foreclosure Reform” Passes Florida House’s Civil Justice Subcommittee: HB 87 is One Step Closer to Ending Judicial Foreclosures in Florida – This is Dangerous for Florida Home Owners and Florida Real Estate

| February 7, 2013

There’s a proposed law being pushed up in Tallahassee once again this year that aims to end Florida’s long-standing judicial foreclosure process, and this year it seems to be gaining strength, though it died a pretty quick death in its earlier version last year.  Perhaps you remember all the public outcry over this proposed legislation […]

Short Sale Hardship Letters to South Florida Banks and Proving Home Owner Financial Hardship for Short Sale Bank Approval: Things to Consider

| November 15, 2012

Last Update:02/24/16 The news is out for October 2012, and once again Florida ranks number one in foreclosures in the United States according to RealtyTrac research.  It seems that one in every 312 housing units in Florida was hit with a foreclosure filing in October 2012.  That’s two times higher than the national average using […]

Bank of America Short Sales in Florida: How Bank of America is Promoting Short Sales to Realtors, Buyers, and Borrowers In Lots of Ways. Here’s a Few – Why Bank of America Shouldn’t Replace Your Lawyer.

| October 9, 2012

This month, Bank of America is hosting a seminar for Florida real estate agents to help them get buyers qualified fast and efficiently.  If you’re interested, it’s being held at the Title Express of Weston on October 30, 2012, at Total Wines, 15980 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines (details here).  Actually, it’s Bank of America’s Short […]

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, […]

Another Growing Florida Home Crisis for Florida Home Owners: Unlicensed Contractors Leaving Shoddy, Problem Work That Doesn’t Meet Code

| June 7, 2012

When money gets tight, it’s smart to find ways to keep costs down, right?  Whether you are a bank or an Average Joe home owner in Florida these days, it’s smart to be frugal in keeping up your property as well as undertaking improvement projects. Problem is, times like these are open season for unscrupulous […]