Buying / Selling A Home

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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What Is A Re Issue Credit On Title Insurance

In the state of Florida, if you’ve owned a home less than three years, and you receive title insurance at the time of closing, you may be eligible for a reissue credit, which is about a 40% discount on what title insurance typically costs. In addition, any time you refinance a property and you have a title insurance policy already in place, you’re eligible for the reissue credit.

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What Is A Short Sale

A short sale essentially is when the lender agrees to take less than what is owed on the mortgage. This became a common occurrence, unfortunately, when the real estate market crashed in 2008, 2009. People often owed far more than her homes were worth. Instead of foreclosing on all these homes, sometimes a bank will agree to do a short sale, which is to take less than what is owed.

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What Do I Do If I Have Problems Or Questions After The Closing

Sometimes, questions or problems can arise following a residential real estate closing. If you’ve retained the services of an attorney for the real estate transaction, the first call may be to them, to get their advice on the situation. You could also contact the real estate agents or the title company that handled the closing, depending on what the question is.

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What Does Joint Tenancy With Right Of Survivorship Mean

If you own property with another person in Florida as joint tenants with rights of survivorship, if one of the co-owners passes away, the other owners automatically inherit their share of the property. It does not pass to their heirs or relatives, but rather passes to their co-tenants on the property.

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What Does Tenants In Common Mean

Tenants in common means that you each have an undivided interest in the property. For instance, if there are three owners of property, each owner has a one-third undivided interest in the property. If one of the owners were to pass away, their one-third interest would pass to their heirs or to their beneficiaries under a will.

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What Forms Of Payment Are Acceptable At The Closing

Typically, most attorneys and title companies will require a wire transfer at closing because of the amount of fraud that’s around today with cashier’s checks, wire is the safest way to get money to the closing attorney or the title company, however, you should always verify on the phone, the wiring instructions with the person that’s sending them to you to make sure you’re sending them to the right place.

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In Florida What Are The Real Estate Agents Obligations With Respect To Disclosure

If the real estate agent is aware of a defect on a property, it’s their duty to disclose that to their client. Similar to a seller’s duty to disclose facts that materially affect the value of the property, the realtor is also held to that standard.

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What Happens At Closing In A Residential Real Estate Transaction

Closing is where everything comes together. The seller will sign and deliver a deed which transfers the property to the buyer. The buyer will sign their loan documents, including a mortgage if they’re getting financing on the property. A closing statement will be drawn up and gone over by the closing attorney or title company with the parties.

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Is The Seller Responsible For Any Closing Costs

Typically, in the state of Florida, the seller is responsible for the documentary stamp tax on the deed. In most counties in Florida, they’re responsible for title insurance and the real estate brokerage fee; however, none of those are actual laws, but rather, customs that have been followed over a long period of time. All of these items can be negotiated at the time of contract.

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