How do Express and Implied Warranties in a Florida Real Estate Closing Help Buyers and Sellers?

| May 24, 2016

Buying or selling real estate here in Florida? If so, it is very important that you understand what all of those paragraphs in your sales contract mean to your purchase. Why? In a Florida residential real estate transaction, the written sales contract will control the transaction. Anything that was said by or among the parties […]

Florida Forged Deeds: Foreclosure REO Properties Tempting Target for Fraudulent Conveyance of Homes to Innocent Buyers Via Fake Deeds

| July 16, 2013

Last Update: 02/24/16 Florida law is very protective of land titles and there are lots of legal requirements to be met in documenting ownership of real estate. For instance, real estate ownership must be documented in writing and that document must meet certain legal requirements. (See Florida Statute 689.01 et seq.) Why? Strict laws are […]

What is Happening With Foreclosures in South Florida Real Estate Right Now? Are We Still in a Big Mess? – Consider These Reports

| April 23, 2013

How is the Florida foreclosure market doing right now?  Some are reporting optimistic viewpoints – we’re out of the woods, they claim: everything is getting better every day. Meanwhile, for those working with Florida home owners and Florida borrowers in the current South Florida real estate market, it’s not that rosy.  Here’s why:   Proposed […]

Florida Foreclosures in Miami-Dade and Broward County: What’s Happening Now with Foreclosures and Short Sales – In 2013?

| December 18, 2012

Here at year-end, let’s consider some numbers for the Miami-Dade and Broward County areas that are important to Florida home owners, including those in South Florida facing foreclosure or considering a short sale (also including those considering a strategic default because of a financial hardship or because they have an underwater mortgage); According to the […]

Florida Short Sales Success: Home Owners Need to Be Smart and Shrewd in Short Sale Strategies to Get to Closing Before December 31, 2012: Don’t Get Burned in the Fever

| October 16, 2012

Last Update: 02/24/16 With pressure building to get short sales done before the end of the year (when the tax exemption for deficiencies expires), it’s becoming more and more important to help buyers find Florida short sale properties as well as helping sellers promote their short sale deals.   Even more important: to get that deal […]

Florida Housing Recovery Forecasts and the Florida Home Owner: The Need to be Savvy and Smart With Underwater Mortgages or Foreclosure Defenses Is Very Important In 2012

| August 30, 2012

There is a lot of hoopla in the media these days about the housing crisis – and here in Florida, there’s a lot of talk about a turnaround, people forecasting that the worst is over and the housing industry is rebounding.  From a foreclosure defense perspective, that sounds nice but it may be overly optimistic: […]

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 […]

Florida Short Sales Are Booming in Broward County in 2012: 30% Increase From Last Year According to RealtyTrac (and a 18% Boost in 2012 Short Sales Statewide)

| June 5, 2012

Short sales in Florida are happening more and more often; in fact, the good news out of Broward County, Florida, is that short sales have topped the number of foreclosures that were filed in the first quarter of 2012 – and this is big, big news since that hasn’t happened since 2008.   In fact, Broward […]

Florida Adverse Possession Laws Used to Grab Vacant, Abandoned Foreclosure Homes after Florida Home Owners Walk Away

| November 8, 2011

Last Update: 02/10/16 All across Florida, there has been an increase in the use of Florida’s adverse possession laws to claim legal title to homes that have been left empty and abandoned in the ongoing Florida foreclosure fraud crisis.  Under Florida Statutes 95.16 – 95.18, there is a way for strangers to enter a home […]

Will Florida Title Issues Create Lawsuits for Home Owners for Years to Come? Has Foreclosure Fraud and Robosigning Created a Real Estate Title Mess?

| September 20, 2011

Everyone in the Miami area knows that the Florida real estate market is in a huge mess.  However, some South Floridians may be surprised to learn just how long that real estate crisis may continue into the future.  Why?  Title to Florida real estate – particularly the real estate that has gone through the foreclosure […]