Real Estate Blog

Rebel Without a (Procuring) Cause

  Every listing agent knows that their commission is usually premised on the existence of a Listing Agreement. And every agent has also heard of the concept of “procuring cause.” A topic that is not so frequently discussed is how those ideas interact with one another and whether they can both apply to the same…
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My Cousin “Minny”

Your Cousin Minny dies in Florida leaving you Florida real property. Now you are tasked with how do you get clear title to the real estate to sell the property? A full blown probate or ancillary probate is costly and time consuming, but it may be the only way to clear title. However, you should…
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Hurry, We Need to Sign…

When discussing a potential purchase with a client, you may hear, “It does not make a difference to us what type of contract we sign, we love the house and just want to make sure that we don’t lose it”. Stop! There are two standard forms, the FAR/BAR “AS IS” Contract and the FAR/BAR Standard…
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Home Inspection Reports: A Life Isn’t Fair Teaching Moment

Mel and Dani are your typical first-time homebuyers. They have scrapped and saved for years to accumulate their earnest money escrow deposit and mortgage down payment. To keep down costs, Dani convinced Mel a home inspection was not necessary because the lender was performing a 4 point inspection. As a result, their contractual due diligence…
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No Pets Allowed!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: After months of searching for the perfect Florida condo for your picky buyers, you have finally found the perfect unit that checks all of your buyer’s boxes. There is just one problem: NO PETS ALLOWED! As anyone who has ever had a beloved pet knows, pets are…
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This Is Not A Bill

  Believe it or not, September is here and the football season is upon us!…. well maybe…hopefully? I am more excited than ever for the toe to touch the leather, as it will mean that things are that much closer to getting back to normal, or the new normal. However, all that glitters is not…
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Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

When a deal falls apart, the parties frequently end up in a juicy deposit dispute. Like any other legal dispute, there are two sides for the parties to consider: the legal analysis and the practical implications. The purpose of this blog is to look at the practical side of the equation. Here is the short…
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The Old Switcheroo!

  You have a Seller ready to list the residence for sale, you’ve confirmed that the Estate of the original owner who passed away has been opened, and a Personal Representative has been appointed by the Court. Your Buyer is an investor who works with a Limited Liability Company (LLC) who wants to buy the…
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Prepare Your Buyer/Borrower for the Closing

  With the volume of closings that we have, we handle a lot of different personalities, situations, and behaviors when we go through our closing process. Being aware of these in advance, and perhaps trying to get ahead of the issues, can sometimes make the difference between a happy closing and a dramatic one. 1.…
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An Agent Is Always On Duty!

Picture this: your brand new listing went under contract after only 36 hours on the market. Your Seller is ecstatic. The Buyer is paying cash with a large escrow deposit and you are even in negotiations for a Backup offer from another hopeful Buyer. You head out of town for a preplanned family reunion with…
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