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 […]

Florida Legislature Annual Session Begins Today: Proposed Laws That Impact South Florida Home Owners In a Big Way Are on the Table

| March 5, 2013

Today, the 60-day annual session of the Florida Legislature begins, and the entire country is watching.  The next nine weeks are going to be a very important time for Floridians, especially Florida home owners. Things began with Governor Rick Scott’s State of the State address (read it here) but for Florida home owners and Florida […]

Florida Homeowners’ Associations Filing Foreclosure Lawsuits Against Florida Banks: Foreclosing on Banks Defaulting on Florida Community Association Fees

| December 27, 2012

Florida banks are getting sued again, and this time it’s pretty interesting.  Why?  This time, the banks are in the role of defendants in Florida foreclosure lawsuits filed in the bottle necked Florida judicial system. That’s right: the banks are having to mount a foreclosure defense strategy.  Lenders are having to file answers and appear […]

Florida Condo Timeshare Fraud: Florida Condominiums Are Great Vacation Spots But Timeshare Condo Sellers and Buyers Beware of the Scams

| June 12, 2012

Timeshares in Florida are well known.  In fact, they are part of a lot of American daydreams: a little piece of the Florida beaches with our beautiful ocean waves and sunny skies.  Timeshares let many Americans and foreigners, as well, experience living the Florida condo life – if only for a part of the time […]

Florida Hardest Hit Fund – New Expanded Version Waits for Fed Approval. Will It Help You?

| May 3, 2012

Last Friday, the State of Florida powers-that-be announced that they were revamping the Hardest Hit Fund for Florida residents, making eligibility requirements easier to meet for lots of Floridians.   Which is good news if you are past due on your mortgage payments, right? What’s the Florida Hardest Hit Fund? Go here for our earlier post […]

Florida Real Estate Market: Are Florida Home Owners About to See a Better Residential Real Estate Market? Is Now the Time to Buy or Sell? Not Without Legal Advice.

| April 26, 2012

Florida real estate owners and home owners throughout the Sunshine State are very, very concerned about their real estate values: not only where they have been and where they are now, but where they will be in the future.  Media stories about real estate prices and foreclosure numbers are therefore very important to a lot […]

Selective Enforcement Defense Against Florida Condo Boards and Community Associations (HOAs): Are Condo Associations Playing Favorites? Can Florida Home Owners Fight Back?

| April 17, 2012

Last Update: 08/01/16 When you buy a home in a community – be it a condominium or gated community – that is subject to a condo or homeowners’ association, then like it or not, you are giving up a bit of your freedom in order to live there.  The benefits of living in the shared […]

Quiet Title Actions in Florida: What Damages Can You Get? In a Quiet Title Lawsuit, What Do You Get When You Win?

| April 3, 2012

Last Update: 5/7/2017 In Florida, a quiet title action is filed pursuant to specific Florida Legislation found in Chapter 65 of the Florida Statutes, “Quieting Title.”  (You can read through the entire chapter online here.)  In Chapter 65, Florida law defines three things that you can obtain in a successful quiet title action.  If you […]

Florida Homeowner Associations and Condo Owner Associations: What kind of Conflicts Are There and Do You Have to Live With This Nonsense?

| March 14, 2012

For those that move to Florida from other parts of the country or from other parts of the world, one bit of culture shock may be the reality that homeowners associations are commonplace in our state.  You may know them by another name:  neighborhood association, community association, condo association, etc. — but they are all […]

Florida Homes Foreclosed by Federal Government Become Rentals: FHFA Invites Landlords in Pilot Phase of New Fed Program While Congress Asks FHFA to Start Working With Underwater Homeowners

| February 28, 2012

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the federal agency that regulates the housing market in this country, is going to begin selling homes that have been foreclosed upon by Fannie Mae to vetted investors in certain parts of the country now, as part of its test run – or pilot phase – of the new […]