September 23, 2021

Renting – When Do You Lose Homestead?

Florida attorney Jim Brown answers the frequent question asked by realtors, “My homeowner wants to rent their property, when will their homestead benefit go away?”
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 7, 2021

Interpreting Contract Effective Dates

Florida attorney Jim Brown explains how to correctly interpret effective date on your contract (FloridaRealtors/Florida FarBar-ASIS-5 REV.4/17 2017)
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. […]
July 20, 2021

Offers & Commissions in a Hot Seller’s Market

Florida attorney Jim Brown talks about how to manage multiple offers in today's hot seller's market.
July 9, 2021

FAR-BAR Financing Contingency EXPLAINED

Florida attorney Jim Brown explains paragraph 8 of the FAR-BAR "AS IS" Residential Contract (Financing Contingency).
June 9, 2021

Five Myths About Wills and Probate

Most of us don’t know a lot about the law of wills, trusts, or probate – after all, they’re topics none of us really want to deal with. But we should all know the basics, […]
May 26, 2021

Real Estate Love Letters: A Heartfelt Enticement or a Forbidden Affair?

Housing inventory is low across the country, especially here in Florida, leading to increasingly competitive markets for potential buyers looking to purchase a home. In an effort to stand out to sellers, some buyers have […]
May 11, 2021

Quiet Title Actions – Legal Versus Equitable

Some situations require a quiet action in real estate deals, title conflicts and a completion of ownership transfers and claims. When someone must file to authenticate their title being valid despite claims explaining that it […]
March 22, 2021

Florida Real Estate Title Issues That May Require Probate Administration

When someone dies owning real estate in Florida and does not have a carefully drafted estate plan or has a defective title/invalid deed, then a probate administration may be necessary. There are several instances where […]
March 22, 2021

How To Create a Real Estate Sales Team in Florida

A developing trend in the real estate business is the Real Estate Sales Team. Presently, the Florida Real Estate Commission Rules only allow brokers to supervise agents. But real estate agents can ethically, legally, and […]
March 3, 2021

New Ways Commercial Tenants Can Leverage Their Lease Post-Coronavirus

Even as the Coronavirus pandemic has precipitated tremendous challenges, some businesses are leveraging their commercial leases to reap benefits. Here are three ways tenants are getting more out of their leases: by renewing, subleasing, and […]
February 3, 2021

How Can I Get Out of My Commercial Lease in Florida?

Commercial leases are controlled by Part I of the Landlord Tenant Act in Florida. It is found at Chapter 83 in the Florida Statutes. The terms of each lease are unique. For each particular situation […]
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