Selling A Home

What Happens When One Owner Of A Property Wants To Sell And Another Owner Does Not

In Florida, co-tenants or co-owners of property have a right of partition, which means they can force a sale of the property if the parties can’t agree on whether or not to sell the property. As long as they haven’t in writing agreed to not sell the property at the time of purchase, one of the parties can file a partition action and ask the court to force a sale of the property and split the proceeds accordingly.

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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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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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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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My Realtor Suggested That I Close My Transaction With His In House Title Insurance Company Rather Than An Attorney Who Does The Title Insurance Company Represent

It’s important that if you’re using an in-house title insurance company, which essentially means that the real estate brokerage or the agent has an ownership interest in the title agency, it’s important to get a second opinion. A real estate attorney has a fiduciary duty to act in your best interests. In those situations, the other parties may or may not have a duty to act in your best interest, so it’s always a good idea to get a separate quote if your agent is encouraging you to use their in-house title company.

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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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If I Am Ready To Close On The Sale Of My Old Home Too Far Before I Am Ready To Close On My New Home I Will Not Have A Place To Live What Will Happen

Simultaneous closings can have a lot of issues. That’s typically when a person is selling a house and buying a house at the same time. Depending on the situation, a good real estate attorney can provide contingencies in the contract that will allow you to stay in the house after closing or you have to make arrangements for temporary lodging. Either way, it can be very tricky when you’re selling two … selling a home and buying a home at the same time.

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If I Hire A Real Estate Broker Why Do I Need To Hire A Lawyer

A real estate broker and a real estate lawyer have different skillsets. A real estate broker should have a good knowledge of the market. A real estate attorney is going to advise you on where you stand legally, make sure that any clauses that you want in the contract are put into the contract and written in a legal and enforceable way. The best real estate transactions are when the real estate agent and real estate attorney work hand in hand to represent your best interest.

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If The Inspection Is Not Satisfactory Can The Buyer Back Out Of The Deal

If the inspection is not satisfactory, it goes back to what are the terms of the contract say. In Florida, there is two commonly used contracts. One of which is an AS-IS contract. The AS-IS contract usually give a period of days, anywhere from three to 15 days, for the buyer to inspect the property. Essentially, under that contract, the buyer can back out for any reason or no reason. However, if you’re using a different type of contract that doesn’t allow for the buyer to back out based on the inspections, then the seller may be able to hold the buyer to the contract and proceed towards closing.

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Do I Need A Lawyer When Buying Or Selling A House

It’s a good idea to retain the services of a real estate attorney when you’re purchasing or selling a home. Most people, when they buy or sell real estate, it’s the largest transaction of their financial lives. It’s important to have someone on your team to make sure that they’re protecting your legal interests and watching out for you.

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