How Will Hurricane Irma Impact the South Florida Real Estate Market?

After Hurricane Irma, real estate professionals in South Florida are assessing the damages and trying to determine what impact, if any, it will have on the market in the short and long term. Because of the fact that Irma was not as severe as anticipated, the expectation is that the hurricane will have a minimal […]

Always Hire a South Florida Real Estate Lawyer Before you Sign a Contract

 Signing a real estate contract before hiring a South Florida real estate lawyer is almost always a mistake and can result in major financial losses to you if an issue arises at any point after the contract has been signed. For instance, problems with the structure such as mold, flooding or foundation issues can spring […]

First Time Buyers Should Hire a Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Attorney to Review Their Contract

 Although everyone should hire a Fort Lauderdale real estate attorney to review their real estate agreements, it’s especially important for first time buyers to hire a lawyer right at the beginning of negotiations or even prior to negotiations. First time buyers do not have the experience to be able to review the terms of a contract on […]

Luxury Waterfront Properties in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is sometimes known as the “Venice of America” because of its expansive and intricate canal system. There are over one-hundred miles of waterways within the city limits. Along these waterways are numerous luxury residential real estate properties. Many of the properties are located on ocean-access canals leading to the Intracoastal Waterway. Others are […]

Real Estate Lawyers Perform Title Examinations

Title examination is a key component to a real estate transaction. A proper examination ensures the property is fit for sale. A Fort Lauderdale title examination & insurance attorney can perform a title examination for a real estate transaction. Title examination occurs while a property is under contract. The examination should discover any encumbrances that […]

Residential Real Estate Disclosures in South Florida Area

The doctrine of caveat emptor was the rule of law governing disputes from the sale of residential real property. Seller’s disclosures were not required. The seller of real property was not liable or responsible to the buyer for a defective condition in the real property that existed at the time the seller transferred possession to […]

High-End Home Flipping Increases

A Florida Realtors news article discussed RealtyTrac’s Q3 2013 Home Flipping Report. The Report indicated that Florida was second in the nation in third quarter home flips with 4,706. Only California had more with 8,592. The Report considered a home “flipped” where it was purchased and subsequently sold again within six months.

Title Insurance in Florida

Florida Statute §624.608 defines title insurance as “[i]nsurance of owners of real property or others having an interest in real property or contractual interest derived therefrom, or liens or encumbrances on real property, against loss by encumbrance, or defective titles, or invalidity, or adverse claim to title.” Our Ft. Lauderdale real estate law firm provides […]

Integration Clause Leads to Commercial Dispute

AGBL Enterprises, LLC v. Girlcook, Inc., 96 So.3d 1058 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012): AGBL Enterprises (“Lessor”) leased a commercial building in a shopping plaza to be used as a full service restaurant to Girlcook (“Lessee”). The lease contained an integration clause that stated, “[T]he entire agreement between the Lessor and Lessee consists solely of the […]

Clear and Unambiguous Easement Provisions Lead to Reversal

Casino Investment, Inc. v. Palm Springs Mile Associates, Ltd., 3D12-2257 (Fla. 3d DCA 2013): Casino appealed a partial final summary judgment entered in favor of Palm Springs which permanently enjoined Casino from constructing a building on its own property. In 1993, Palm Springs created and recorded a Declaration of Easement covering their entire Shopping Center […]