Buying / Selling A Home

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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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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