Buying / Selling A Home

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 A Time Is Of The Essence Clause

A Time is of the Essence Clause in a contract means that the time periods are important in the contract. Any contract that has a Time is of the Essence Clause, a judge or court is going to enforce the time periods strictly whereas if that clause is absent, if someone misses a deadline or a closing by a few days, a court may say that that’s de minimis or not a big deal.

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What Is A Transfer Tax

In Florida when you transfer real estate there’s typically a documentary stamp tax on the deed. Since we don’t have an income tax in the state of Florida the state’s got to make their money somewhere. So in Florida the transfer tax is 70 cents per hundred dollars of consideration paid.

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What Is A Variance And How Is It Related To Residential Real Estate

A variance is something that you apply for when on your property you may have a building or some other situation that doesn’t comply with the zoning laws. Essentially, the variance review board will meet and decide whether or not you can continue to have the structure on your property. It may not have the proper setbacks from the front or side yards. It may have been built previous to the zoning rules. But a variance allows you to continue using that property in the manner you have been using it, even though it may go against current zoning.

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What Is An Easement

Easement is when a third party, not the property owner itself, has a right to use the property for a specific purpose. For instance, say a utility company may have an easement to be able to repair sewer lines or power lines that are on your property. A person may have an easement to use your property to access another property. There’s different types of easements and different rights that go with the different types of easements, so it’s important to consult an experienced real estate attorney if you have questions about an easement on your property.

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What Is A 1031 Exchange

A 1031 exchange is a provision in the federal tax code that permits a seller of investment property to reinvest the proceeds of the sale into another investment property, deferring the capital gains tax to a later date. It’s a great way to save money as an investor and it’s important to employ the services of an experienced real estate attorney when you’re considering doing a 1031 exchange, as there are many rules and IRS regulations that must be complied with.

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What Is A Balloon Loan

A balloon mortgage is a type of mortgage that after a certain period of time comes due before you would typically pay it off. For instance, you may get a loan that’s amortized every 30 years but has a five-year balloon. After the five years, the entire amount remaining on the loan is due and payable to the mortgagee.

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What Is A Foreclosure

When you purchase real estate with financing, you sign a note and a mortgage. A note is what obligates you to repay the debt. A mortgage is what puts the property up as collateral for that debt. A foreclosure is when the lender is seeking to sell the collateral because the borrower is not making their monthly payments. It is important to consult with an experienced real estate attorney if you’re served with a foreclosure because you could lose the property.

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What Is A Loan Modification

A loan modification is something a lender might consider if you’re behind in your payments. They may change the term, they may add missed payments onto the back of the loan. Essentially, they’re trying to keep you in the house instead of doing a foreclosure or a short sale. It’s important when attempting to do a loan modification to have an experienced Florida attorney representing your interest to the lender.

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What Is A Quit Claim Deed

A quitclaim deed is a type of deed in Florida that provides no warranties. The person signing the quitclaim deed is essentially giving you what they have if they have anything. If they have nothing, you receive nothing. If they have the entire title to the house, you receive the entire title to the house. This deed is often used to cure title defects, for instance, and also in situations where in a divorce one spouse is giving up their interest to the other spouse.

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