Closing: Understanding the Final Step of a Real Estate Process

If you’re reading this because you’re about to enter the closing process of a piece of Florida real estate you’ve been wanting to buy or sell: congratulations! This is a big moment and it’s important to understand the next steps which will wrap everything up for everyone involved. The closing process is the final chance for all parties involved to dot their t’s and cross their i’s, so before you throw on “Closing Read More

The Importance of Foreclosure Discovery for Florida Homeowners

Through a few instances of bad luck, the dream of homeownership can quickly turn into the nightmare of foreclosure for Floridians. The economy and housing market have been volatile for 18 months, and the eviction moratorium has been lifted. If you have been served with a foreclosure notice and you know you can’t pay, there are still plenty of opportunities to fight. After You Have Filed an Answer and Affirmative Read More

Why is Title Insurance Important, and What Does it Cover?

After saving money for years and scoping out the real estate market, you’ve found your dream house. The exterior is lovely, and the interior checks all your boxes. As long as the bones are good, you’re ready to buy the house yesterday.  Unfortunately, during the closing process, you’re confronted with an expense you weren’t expecting—title insurance. You’re already handing over a bunch of cash for your down payment. Read More

When Are Landlords Responsible for Repairs and Improvements to Florida Rental Properties?

To begin with, Florida law does not zero in on specific repairs that must be completed by landlords. Determining whether you, as a landlord, need to fix a specific issue in one of your units involves Florida’s Warranty of Habitability. Essentially, the warranty ensures that tenants have somewhere safe to live that contains no threats to their wellbeing and safety. The state’s Landlord-Tenant Act establishes this Read More

An Overview of the Quiet Title

Those who are looking to purchase real property in Florida should perform a title search and engage in other due-diligence measures to ensure that, if they eventually decide to purchase property in the Sunshine State, the process goes as smoothly as possible. It is not uncommon, though, for certain issues involved with a property’s title to come up during the title search. One problem that can arise is the discovery Read More

Contingencies in a Florida Real Estate Contract

Real estate transactions are among the most complicated financial deals that ordinary citizens will ever make in their lifetimes. One of the factors that contributes to the complexity of real estate contracts is the presence of contingency provisions. Now, the concept of contingency provisions is fairly simple: the sale of a particular home or piece of real property cannot go through without something else happening Read More

First Time Home Buyer’s During COVID-19

Written by: Nicole M. Garcia Buying a home for the first time is an achievement and incredibly exciting. However, it can also be confusing and scary if you are not aware of what is required in order to close the deal. Deciding whether to purchase a home during the COVID-19 adds even more pressure and uncertainty. In this blog we will look at some of the necessary steps to take when planning to purchase a home and Read More

Purchasing a Foreclosure Home and its Liens

Written by: Nicole M. Garcia It’s no secret the fair market values of properties in South Florida are high and continue to rise. More often than not, I am asked by clients, friends, and family members what may be some of the benefits to attempting to purchase property at a foreclosure sale. The cost that is saved purchasing a property at a foreclosure sale can be impressive. This is because it’s an auction sale and Read More

What you should consider before purchasing a piece of land

You’ve found the perfect piece of land in which you envision your dream home built on or maybe you’ve found the right piece of land to build your business on. Whatever the scenario may be, the major thing to consider before you purchase that piece of land is what zoning regulations it has. Zoning law govern what can and what cannot be done with a piece land. Zoning laws are the reason homeowners do not have a store Read More

Landlords: 4 Tips to Ensure Compliance with the Fair Housing Act

One of the most significant pieces of federal civil rights legislation passed in the 1960s was the Fair Housing Act, which was signed into law in 1968. The law extended housing protections to members of seven protected classes: sex, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, or familial status. Many of the overt actions that the act originally intended to eliminate, such as refusing to rent to an Read More

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