• Pros and Cons of Buying Newly Built Homes

    How to reduce costs and risks when buying a new house. There’s something inherently appealing about a brand new house — you get to pick out the countertops, drapes, and appliances, and have everything designed just the way you want it. New houses often come with more space and better appliances, require less immediate fix-up […]

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  • Get Your Security Deposit Back!

    Know your rights when it comes to getting your deposit back in full and on time. Most tenants who are moving out of a rental want their deposit back as soon as possible, either to make a deposit on a new rental or for use in a down payment on a house or condo. Unfortunately, […]

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  • Mold in Rentals and Landlord’s Responsibility

    Learn about your landlord’s liability for mold problems, how to get rid of mold, and how to prevent it in the first place. Mold is an environmental hazard that can cause concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won multimillion-dollar cases against landlords for significant health problems—such as rashes, chronic fatigue, nausea, cognitive losses, hemorrhaging, and […]

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  • What Realtors Need to Know About PACE Financing

    Property assessed clean energy financing, more commonly known as PACE financing, is a consumer-friendly option offering set terms and low fixed payments. With no down payment required, PACE enables homeowners to pay for their energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and storm preparedness upgrades over time as part of their annual property taxes. Depending on the […]

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  • Realtors’ Duties To Disclose Can Get Complicated.

    The February 26, 2019 Court of Appeal decision Ryan v. Real Estate of the Pacific, involving the sale of a house in La Jolla, California for $3.86 million, is instructive reading for real estate brokers, buyers, and sellers. Daniel and Patricia Ryan listed their house with the help of their broker, David Schroedl, Sotheby’s Realty. […]

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  • Requirements for a Valid Quitclaim Deed in Florida

    In theory, some South Florida real estate transactions are easier than others. But that’s not always the case. Even the transfer of property between family members can be complicated. That’s because certain documents are required, and even inadvertent mistakes can render them null and void. In today’s post, we’ll explain the importance of quitclaim deeds […]

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  • Can Landlords Prohibit Certain Breeds?

    The laws of the state usually provide the means for a landlord to prohibit the access and ownership of the renter or tenant with certain breeds of dog, sizes or weights of dogs or even no dogs or pets at all on the property. Some landlords have more power based on the specific city which […]

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  • Specific Performance in Contracts – When Can I Request it?

    Specific performance as part of a contract is when someone signs the document and is bound by the terms of the contract stipulations that require certain services performed or accomplished within the bounds of the clauses. The document should have specific language that explains what performance is necessary to satisfy the contractual obligations. Specific Performance […]

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  • Surveillance Cameras – Where Is It Legal To Place Them?

    In an increasingly surveillance-based society, it may seem that cameras are everywhere around us. If you look around, you may find cameras in unexpected places that you pass on a daily basis. But, how far can all of this surveillance go? Are there places that cameras are not allowed? Where is it legal to put […]

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  • How Long Must You Wait To Purchase a Home After Filing Bankruptcy?

    Filing for bankruptcy is no easy decision to make. For many, there is a sense of failure or loss. For others, it can be a clean start and an opportunity to start over. Let’s face it: financial education in this country is poor, and that’s putting it mildly! We learn by doing, and sometimes we […]

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