Florida Real Estate Litigation: In a Court System Short on Cash, Florida Real Estate Lawsuits Just Keep Coming With Some Cases Involving Uncommon Issues

| October 8, 2013

Last Update: 04/18/16 The State of Florida’s overall budget does not allot much to the Florida courts’ system (this year, Florida has a budget of $74 billion, but only a tiny fraction of that money goes to the judicial system); most Floridians are aware that the Florida judicial system could use some funding. It wasn’t […]

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 […]

Renting a Florida Condo? What Should You Be Aware of in that Form Lease? Does it Reflect New Florida Landlord Tenant Laws Effective in 2013?

| September 6, 2013

For anyone wanting to rent a Florida condo or any Florida condominium owner thinking about leasing out their Florida condo as an investment, it’s important to know there have been changes to Florida landlord – tenant law that became effective this summer (effective on July 1, 2013) which may impact your decision to lease as […]

Florida Arbitration Clauses in Florida Wills and Trusts: Can You Force Arbitration on Heirs and Beneficiaries?

| August 22, 2013

Arbitration of controversies as an alternative to a Florida courthouse trial is happening more and more often, in more and more kinds of disputes. Often, these arbitrations are binding — and more and more often, consumers are discovering that they have no choice but to arbitrate their claim because they have waived their right to […]

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 […]

Arbitration is a Part of Every Floridian’s Life – Whether They Know It or Not: Forced Arbitration on Consumers is a Reality, They Don’t Get a Trial

| July 25, 2013

Recently, the Miami Herald reported on the growing popularity of arbitration as a means of resolving disputes, describing this alternative to the file-a-lawsuit-go-to-trial process as being a cheaper and faster option to the traditional courthouse route. It is true that in Florida, arbitration is becoming a very popular alternative dispute resolution (ADR) method. There are […]

Florida Governor Signs Foreclosure Reform Bill HB 87 Into Law: Constitutional Violations of Due Process and Ex Post Facto Prohibitions Must Be Fought in Florida Courts

| June 11, 2013

Governor Rick Scott sat down at his Governor’s desk on June 7, 2013, picked up his pen and signed lots of bills into law that were sent to him by the Florida Legislature. Rick Scott signed things like the Veteran’s Organizations Bill (SB 390) and the Emergency Medical Services bill (SB 530) into law – […]

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 […]

Fast Florida Short Sales: Freddie Mac VP Forecasts Freddie Mac Short Sales Will Zip Through to Closing in the Future – What About the Deficiencies?

| January 24, 2013

The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (FHLMC), commonly known by its nickname Freddie Mac, is under the control of the federal government these days as the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) took over conservatorship of both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mac in September 2008.  Freddie Mac is under the oversight of this federal agency. It’s a […]

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 […]