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  • Buying a Foreclosed Home in Florida: What Do I Need to Know Before I Buy?

    Caveat emptor or buyer beware does not apply to residential real estate purchases in the Sunshine State. Florida law places an affirmative duty on sellers to disclose unobservable material defects that the seller actually knows about. As a consequence, buyers have a right to rely on the seller’s representations about their home. But the particular […]

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  • Florida Lady Bird Deed

    A “lady bird deed,” also known as an enhanced life estate deed, is an effective way to transfer real property to someone else outside of probate while retaining a life estate in the property. This type of deed got its nickname when President Lyndon B. Johnson used it to convey real estate to his wife, […]

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  • 7 Ways To Connect With First-Time Millennial and Gen Z Buyers

    To appeal to millennial and Gen Z buyers, you should familiarize yourself with their comfort zones, priorities and the challenges they face now. Here’s what you need to know.   First-time homebuyers today are different — and it pays to understand those differences. Half of today’s homebuyers are under the age of 36, according to Zillow […]

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  • Owners’ Obligation to Pay HOA Assessments and Fees

    Why are your monthly HOA payments so high, and what can you do about it? When you purchase a home, condominium, or townhouse that’s part of a covenanted community, you will most likely be required to pay monthly fees or dues as well as special assessments to a homeowners’ association (HOA). These fees can be […]

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  • What is an easement, and what do you use it for?

    An easement is a legal term describing a situation in which someone allows another party to use a portion of land that they legally possess. One common example of an easement is when someone drives over their neighbor’s property to access their house on a shared driveway. Many utility companies have easements through property developments […]

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  • What Happens If You Violate Your HOA’s CC&Rs or Don’t Pay Assessments

    If you own property in a neighborhood that has an HOA and you don’t follow the community’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) or pay the assessments, you might face a lawsuit or even a foreclosure. People who live in a planned development are usually part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), which is a nonprofit corporation […]

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  • Golf Ball Hazards In Florida: Legal Overview

    As Floridians, some of us are lucky enough to enjoy the spaciousness and beauty of golf course views from our homes. Unfortunately, this serenity is occasionally marred by golfers seeking errant balls or by the balls themselves bouncing off our exterior walls. Is there anything we can do about these annoyances? Golfers or Golf Balls […]

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  • Florida Foreclosure Procedures: Here’s What to Expect

    If you’re facing a foreclosure in Florida, learn your rights and how the process works. Update: On April 2, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-94 suspending all foreclosures and evictions in Florida for 45 days because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Also, the federal government has imposed a foreclosure moratorium for federally backed mortgage loans for 60 days, […]

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  • Forbearance Agreements, Repayment Plans, and Loan Modifications: Helping You Avoid Foreclosure

    Learn how a forbearance agreement, repayment plan, or loan modification could help you avoid a foreclosure. Coronavirus Mortgage Relief Under the Federal CARES Act Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, if you have a federally backed mortgage loan, you can get a forbearance by simply asking and affirming that you’ve suffered a financial […]

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  • What Happens If You Violate Your HOA’s CC&Rs or Don’t Pay Assessments

    If you own property in a neighborhood that has an HOA and you don’t follow the community’s Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs) or pay the assessments, you might face a lawsuit or even a foreclosure. People who live in a planned development are usually part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), which is a nonprofit corporation that […]

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