January 26, 2022

Florida Land Trusts

What is a Florida Land Trust? A Florida Land Trust is a private legal agreement between one or more parties for the purpose of holding title to real estate. The legal rights and obligations of […]
January 12, 2022

When Will This Skyrocketing Market End?

Florida attorney Jim Brown discusses the white-hot real estate market and gives his insight on what has caused it and when it will come to an end.
January 10, 2022

Cybersecurity Checklist: Best Practices for Real Estate Professionals

Cybercrime can be devastating to real estate professionals and their clients. The following checklist offers some best practices to help you curb the risk of cybercrime. Because data protection and cybersecurity laws differ across the […]
December 20, 2021

Home Damaged Before Closing – Who Is Liable?

Closing a real estate deal between the buyer and seller is a delicate process that requires paperwork, walk-throughs, and other professionals to progress the sale along. If the property suffers physical damage before the closing […]
November 30, 2021

How to Close (or REFI) When the Seller Has Creditor Liens

Florida attorney Jim Brown reveals how to close or refinance when the seller has creditor liens - FL Statute 222.01
November 30, 2021

The Differences Between Eviction and Ejectment in Florida

An eviction in Florida is predicated on the concept that the occupant has a legal right to occupy the premises. In contrast, an ejectment is based on the reality that the occupant has no such […]
November 17, 2021

Homestead Portability & “Apportionment”

Florida attorney Jim Brown explains homestead portability rules and "apportionment" - the little known secret.
November 9, 2021

Basic Mechanics of 1031 Exchanges

Florida attorney Jim Brown talks about the basic mechanics of 1031 like-kind exchanges and explains what it means to "defer" taxes.
November 2, 2021

Changes in the Law – Open Permits

The Statute (FL Stat 553.79) controlling the closure of open permits was revised October 19, 2019.
October 12, 2021

A Buyers’ and Sellers’ Guide to Multiple Offer Negotiations

Information for Buyers In some situations sellers will have several competing purchase offers to consider. Sellers have several ways to deal with multiple offers. Sellers can accept the “best” offer; they can inform all potential […]
September 30, 2021

PBC Wiping All Code Liens

Have a building or home in Palm Beach County with a code violation fine that resulted in a lien? It can be reduced to zero and released if you act fast. Yes, even if it’s for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
September 15, 2021

What You Need to Know About Real Property Title-Related Claims

Quiet title is a claim under Florida law to remove a cloud on title to real property. It is established in and regulated by Chapter 65 of the Florida Statutes. It is often used where […]
September 1, 2021

Use of ‘Escalation Clause’ Skyrockets in Hot Seller’s Market

As escalation clauses become more popular during this hot seller’s market, buyers should consider the pros and cons of using them – as well as the broader legal context of their offer. During this white-hot […]
August 4, 2021

How to Avoid and Stop Foreclosure

If you fall behind in your mortgage payments, the possibility that you may lose your home can make you feel devastated and helpless. The worst approach in that situation is ignoring notices from your lender […]
July 21, 2021

The Basics of Rent-to-Own Agreements

Rent-to-own agreements, also called lease-to-own agreements or lease-options, are traditional lease agreements that also give the tenant an option to purchase the rental property, typically a single-family house, sometime after the beginning of the tenancy. […]
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