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Does Paragraph 5(a)of the FR/Bar Contract Always Protect Your Buyer if Lender Is Not Ready to Close?

By: Michael G. Salmon, Managing Attorney at SalmonLaw PLLC and Member of The FundLiquidated damages ensure that earnest money deposits are central elements of real estate transactions utilizing the FAR/Bar...

Handling Escrow Disputes: Don’t Be a Cliché

By: Shannon L. Widman, Esq. of Porath & Associates, P.A.No one wants to see a good deal go bad. As a Realtor® your business plan survives on closed deals, not cancelled deals. Nonetheless, the...

Seller Financing: Still an Option?

By John St. Lawrence, Esq, Legal Education Attorney, The FundThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) Loan Originator Compensation Rule went into full effect in 2014 bringing a subset of...

What Real Estate Agents Should Know about Sellers’ Disclosures

By: Marshall C. Deason, Jr., Board Certified Real Estate Lawyer, Older Lundy & Alvarez, Tampa, FLIn 1998, the Florida Supreme Court decided the case of Johnson v. Davis, which created a new...

What is the Title Insurance Commitment Really Saying?

By: Rene’ Rutan, Real Estate Council Relations Manager, Florida ARECSIn 2010, Florida was the last state in the U.S. to approve the American Land Title Association (ALTA) 2006 Title Insurance Forms...

Documentary Stamp Taxes: A Break for Spouses

By: Nomiki Zervos, Associate Attorney, Davis Basta Law Firm, P.A.Transferring property can be both exciting and complicated. It’s not as simple as tendering the purchase price to the seller or changing...

What Are Community Development Districts (“CDDs”) and How Do They Work?

By: Rene’ Rutan, REC Relations Manager, Florida ARECSIf you have been shopping for a new home recently, as I have, or working with a buyer who is, you have undoubtedly encountered the Community...

Do I Really Need Cyber Crime Insurance?

By: Michael Rothman, Esq., Fund Legal Education Manager ​Introduction Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud and other social engineering frauds remain a real concern for all those engaged in the...

AS-IS v. Standard FR/BAR in the wake of Diaz v. Kosch

By: Michelle Gomez Hinden, Esq., B.C.S. and assisted by Flor Leiva, Law ClerkFR/BAR CONTRACTS: Reconsidering the differences between the “AS IS” Contract and the Standard Contract in the wake of...

What Is a PACE Loan and Is It Right for You?

By: Charles D. Nostra, Esq.Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs provide an alternative way for Florida property owners to finance certain energy efficiency and wind resistance (i.e. hurricane...

What's in Your Black Bag?

By D. Michael Chesser, Esq.This article first started where the last one left off. That one told of a bank-owned repossession, a commercial lot, burdened by a billboard easement. The person buying was new to...

Real Estate 101: Easements Gone Wrong

By D. Michael Chesser, Esq.Drafting an easement is a bit like you and me landing an airplane. There will be mistakes. The difference is that you will know very quickly how the plane lands. It may be years...


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