Cast a wide net in hunting for a house (3/4/2015)
Real estate Q&A: If renting is too expensive and it’s time to buy, shoppers should find a good Realtor, check their credit and learn more about the process.
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 Jacksonville in property-rights battle (2/27/2015)
An appeals court ruled that Jacksonville doesn’t have to compensate owners who claim that a new fire station lowers the value of their nearby property.
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.
Home equity line can be foreclosed by lender (2/19/2015)
Real estate Q&A: If we put our homeownership into a trust, what happens to the debt through our home equity line of credit?
Condo can’t deny code-compliant shutter installation (2/17/2015)
Real estate Q&A: A condo board cannot prohibit delivery or installation of hurricane shutters under Fla. law, but they do have leeway on specification guidelines.
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.
Reminder: Legal holidays extend some contract times (11/5/2014)
Under some contracts, a legal holiday, such as Veterans Day on Nov. 11, can extend deadlines to the next business day.
Supreme Court to consider fair housing definition (10/22/2014)
It’s the third “disparate impact” case under the Fair Housing Act accepted by the court. However, the first two cases were settled before the court could rule.
What does an antitrust action look like? (10/14/2014)
In general, an illegal antitrust action occurs when independent businesses work together to harm a company, such as boycotting a vendor that has raised its fees.
Secretly record buyer conversations? Not so fast (9/17/2014)
Fla. has strict laws on audio recordings. Security systems with hidden cameras can’t record buyer conversations without first getting permission.
Robocalls banned to almost all U.S. phone numbers (9/17/2014)
It’s illegal for telemarketers, which includes Realtors, to place robocalls to private homes or mobile numbers – even phone numbers not on the do-not-call list.
Real estate agents should consider insurance (9/10/2014)
Ethical Realtors can be hit with a lawsuit, even if they’ve done nothing wrong. For a relatively low cost, E&O insurance limits the risk of lawsuit damage.
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.