Shuttered law firm could create foreclosure problems (5/22/2015)
Butler & Hosch closed suddenly May 14. A few of its 60K U.S. foreclosure cases have already been delayed after fees weren’t paid, and more are expected to follow.
Dealing with flood damage caused by a neighbor (5/14/2015)
Real estate Q&A: Tub overflow from an upstairs neighbor has caused damage more than once. How should an apartment renter handle it?
Be leery of fraud in booking short-term rental (5/7/2015)
Real estate Q&A: For protection, do website searches, look for recent reviews and double-check to ensure those renting the property are the actual owners.
Real estate Q&A: Perils of living near a golf course (5/4/2015)
Buyers often pay extra for a golf course view, but does liability come with that? What happens if an errant golf ball breaks a window?
Environmentally friendly lawn? Not so fast (4/30/2015)
State law allows homeowners to override HOA rules to create a Fla.-friendly lawn, but what does “friendly” mean? Does appearance count? The courts will decide.
ListHub-Zillow agreement ends (4/8/2015)
Effective today, Zillow must remove ListHub data from Trulia, Postlets and HotPads, among others, unless it has independent consent from an MLS or broker.
Real estate agents have a bull’s-eye on their backs (3/23/2015)
A recent court decision allows credit-harmed customers to sue the business that got hacked – and Realtors collect a lot of personal data worth stealing.
Realtors urge action on patent trolls (3/2/2015)
Patent trolls send out hundreds of letters alleging patent infringement, and have mailed some to Realtors who use certain searchable online listing databases.
Court backs widow in homestead exemption fight (2/26/2015)
A Fla. appeals court Wednesday said a widow cannot be charged a $283,070 tax lien, rejecting arguments that her homestead exemption ended when her husband died.
Alert: ‘International Promissory Notes’ (IPNs) (2/19/2015)
Attorneys’ Title says some Fla. transactions used IPNs held by third parties rather than “U.S. currency.” In at least one case, they changed a FR/BAR contract.
Real estate Q&A: Living trust avoids hassle and expense of probate (2/12/2015)
A New Yorker who winters at a condo he owns in South Fla. asks what happens to the property after he passes away; a living trust is one option to consider.
Lawsuit targets Google’s auction.com (1/20/2015)
The suit alleges that a “shill bidder” – one with no intention of buying the property – submitted fake bids to increase the price paid by the auction winner.
NAR gets involved in fight against ‘patent trolls’ (1/16/2015)
NAR says it joined a coalition that fights for patent law fairness because system abuse can drag unsuspecting Realtors into expensive, time-consuming litigation.
Supreme Court clarifies mortgage cancellation rule (1/13/2015)
The court ruled today that a letter to the lender, delivered within three years, is sufficient to cancel a mortgage that had Truth in Lending law violations.
A residential contract rider changing (11/22/2011)
Comprehensive Rider C (Seller Financing) to the Residential Contract For Sale and Purchase changes slightly on Nov. 29.
Florida Realtors adds or updates forms (3/16/2011)
Four are new; three are updated; one is DBPR, and all are now available through Form Simplicity and other vendors.