Buying / Selling A Home

Why Are Notice Provisions In A Real Estate Contract Important

Notice provisions are an important part of any real estate contract. It tells the parties how and why and the manner in which they have to give notice under the terms of the contract. It’s important to have an experienced commercial real estate attorney that can view these notice provisions and let you know when and how you need to communicate with the other party.

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Will My Purchase Of A Home Affect The Real Estate Taxes In Florida

Every time a home transfers in Florida, the county property appraiser reassesses the value of that home, so it’s important to understand that if someone has been living in their home for a long period of time in Florida, their property taxes may be significantly lower than the property taxes you will pay once you acquire the property.

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What Is The Title Search

Essentially, the attorney is trying to uncover whether there are any unpaid mortgages, leans on the property, what easements and restrictions may be on the property, so they can fully explain to you as the buyer what restrictions or what limitations you’re going to have when you purchase this property. It’s also a requirement any time you obtain title insurance, there must be a title search performed before the insurance policy can be issued.

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What Is Zoning And Does It Affect My Property

Zoning is the method the government uses to explain what uses are available for the property that you own. Zoning is designed to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public. For instance, you don’t want a power plant necessarily right next to a school or a neighborhood. Each property has a zoning classification which tells you what you can do with that property. For instance, a single-family home would have single-family home residential zoning. A video store may have commercial zoning. There’s agricultural zoning and all different types of zoning that can affect your property.

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What Is And Who Has A Fiduciary Duty In A Real Estate Transaction In Florida

A fiduciary duty means that you have a legal and ethical obligation to act in someone’s best interest. For instance, a real estate attorney has to act in the best interest of their clients. Real estate agents in Florida, are actually presumed to be transaction agents, which means they do not have a fiduciary relationship with their clients. Although there are many great real estate agents out there, that’s one reason why it’s very important to hire an experienced real estate attorney because of that fiduciary relationship. An attorney must look out for your best interest and will do so throughout the transaction.

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What Is Earnest Money In A Residential Real Estate Contract

When a party makes an offer on real estate in Florida, they typically put up what’s called an earnest money deposit. This is a good faith deposit to show that they’re serious about purchasing the home, and eventually that deposit will be applied towards the purchase price or it may be held as liquidated damages if the buyer breaches the agreement.

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What Is Specific Performance

Specific performance in the context of a real estate transaction is, for instance, when the seller is refusing to sell the house. They don’t have a reason. They just decided they’re not going to sell the house. A specific performance is a remedy that’s available to the buyer if it’s written into the contract that can essentially force the seller to do something, specifically to make an act. Most remedies in the legal system are based on damages or money damages, but specific performance … you’re actually asking the court to force the party to do something.

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What Is The Difference Between A Warranty Deed And A Quitclaim Deed

A warranty deed is the best form of deed in terms of warranties that the owner is offering to the new owner. You’re warrantying the title not only during the time that you owned it but previous to that time. A quick claim deed offers no warranties whatsoever. The person granting the deed is simply saying “I am giving what I have to the new person, whether that be anything or everything.” The quick claim deed offers no warranties.

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What Is The Effect Of A Guaranty

In a commercial real estate transaction, a guarantee means that you personally are guaranteeing that your business is going to meet its financial obligations to the landlord. This is a term of the lease that is a big sticking point and very heavily negotiated between the landlord and the tenant. That’s why it’s very important to have an experienced commercial real estate attorney watching out for your interests.

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What Is The Seller Obligated To Disclose To The Buyer In Florida

A seller must disclose all known facts that materially affect the value of the property and that are not readily observable by the buyer. This is a requirement that stems from the case Johnson v. Davis which is the seminal case in this area of the law. A seller must disclose any defects they know that are wrong with the property and the buyer must accept the property with those defects disclosed.

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