Buying / Selling A Home

Should I Allow The Seller To Remain In The Home After Closing

Any time you permit the seller to remain in the home after closings, there are will be some calculated risks. If you do permit the seller to occupy the property after you’ve purchased it, it’s important to have a lease drawn up by a real estate attorney, or a post-occupancy agreement drawn up by a real estate attorney. That way, everyone knows what their rights and responsibilities are until such time as the buyer can occupy the property.

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What If Financing Is Not In Place By The Closing Date

Most real estate contracts have a financing contingency deadline. You want to make sure that you pick a lender not only that of course will offer you good terms, but that can meet the deadline for the financing contingency. If your lender does not meet the deadline for the financing contingency in the contract, you may be in breach or default of the contract, and may lose the house or be sued for damages.

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Should I Hire A Real Estate Broker Or A Real Estate Lawyer

It’s important, I think, to hire both professionals during a transaction. Each party brings a different skillset to the table. A licensed Florida attorney is there to represent you and watch out for your legal interests. A real estate agent has expertise when it comes to the market itself, but a real estate agent does not necessarily have fiduciary duties to where they have to keep your best interest in heart at all times. An experienced Florida real estate attorney can assist you in this process, working together with your agent to bring about the best result.

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What Are Closing Costs

Every real estate transaction has closing costs. Those are costs, fees, taxes that are in addition to the sales price. A licensed Florida attorney can advise you on whether or not you’re paying the proper closing costs or whether the other party’s trying to shift some traditional closing costs onto you.

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How Do Title Search And Insurance Processes Relate To Residential Real Estate Transactions

It’s important to do a title search any time you buy a piece of real estate. A title search will show you a history of the property. It will show you if there’s any liens on the property or unpaid mortgages or any problems that could affect your title to the property. Title insurance is commonly seen in most transactions in Florida. Anything involving financing, the bank is going to require title insurance. Title insurance is exactly what it sounds like. It insures that no one has a claim to the title of your home. It’s insured up to the full purchase price and it grants you protection from anyone coming back to say they have a claim on the property.

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How Does A Buyer Choose A Real Estate Agent

A lot goes into selecting a real estate agent. It’s important to examine their experience, their past track record, look at their reviews online. A good real estate agent will often refer a buyer out to legal counsel also, to determine what their legal needs are, and in conjunction with the attorney, can work to promote your best interests.

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How Long Do I Have To Discover Problems Like Mold Or Lead Paint In A Real Estate Transaction In Florida

Typically it’s best to discover them before closing. But of course there are situations where you may not discover something till after the closing. As soon as something like that comes to your attention it’s important to contact an attorney to see what your legal rights are. In Florida the seller’s obligated to disclose all known defects that materially effect the value of the property. So if the seller was unaware of the mold or the lead-based paint then you probably don’t have any recourse against the seller.

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How Long Does A Foreclosure Take

In Florida, a typical foreclosure can take anywhere from six months to two years. It depends on the complexity of the circumstances surrounding the foreclosure and whether or not you retain an attorney to assist in the foreclosure process.

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I Am Interested In Purchasing A Bank Owned Property Do I Need An Attorney

It’s a good idea, always, to have an attorney represent your interests, when you purchase real property, especially in a situation where you’re buying a REO, or real estate owned property from a bank. The reason is, most banks typically have an addendum that overrides the terms of the contract, that are, of course, heavily slanted in your favor. It’s good to have an attorney be able to explain this document to you, and know what your rights are, because it’s not typical contract that we use in Florida.

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I Want To Transfer Property To A Wholly Owned Subsidiary Do I Need To Pay Documentary Stamp Taxes On The Deed

It depends. If you’re transferring the property to wholly owned subsidiary and literally nothing is changing in terms of the beneficial interest of the property, meaning you will still be the person that owns it after the transfer, then there is likely an exemption that you do not have to pay the documentary stamp tax on the deed.

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