Buying / Selling A Home

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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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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What Are Contingencies

Contingencies are parts of a contract. Lawyers often refer to them as conditions proceeding, which are things that must occur for the closing to move forward. For instance, the buyer may have an inspection contingency and may have a certain number of days to inspect the property or they don’t like the inspection results and may be able to back out of the contract. Another common contingency is the financing contingency where the buyer has a certain amount of time to obtain financing or they don’t have to follow through and close on the deal. It’s important to consult with an experienced attorney that can tell you, as the seller or the buyer, what contingencies are necessary or which contingencies may not be in your favor that you want to negotiate out of the contract.

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What Are My Remedies For A Breach Of Contract

If a party breaches a contract, the remedies available to the other party depend on what’s in the contract and whether the contract excludes specific remedies that would be typically available under the law. The most common remedy would be money damages to make the person whole again in the event of a breach of the contract, but also specific performance. That’s when you ask the court to make the seller perform the deal and there are a variety of other remedies, depending on the situation.

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What Are Some Typical Closing Costs

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What Are The Key Provisions Of The Purchase Contract

Some of the key provisions in a real estate purchase contract are, of course, the purchase price, the closing date, a financing contingency, an inspection contingency, but there’s also a lot of smaller, little-known clauses that are important to the transaction. It’s very important to retain the services of an experienced real estate attorney to review the contract if you have any questions.

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What Do I Do If I Discover Problems With The House That Were Not There Or I Did Not Notice When I Put In My Purchase Offer

It’s important when you buy real estate to draft the contract to give yourself what’s called an inspection period. This is a time period where you can have a professional inspector come in, inspect the house. You can have an AC person inspect the air conditioning, an electrician inspect the electrical system. During this period, the honeymoon kind of has worn off, so that you more realistically get a picture of what you’re buying, but it’s important that you draft that into the contract in advance because if you don’t, then you’re going to be buying the house as is with that problem.

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