Purchasing a New Construction Home Without Your Agent

Purchasing a New Construction Home Without Your Agent Visiting a new homesite and making an offer to purchase a new construction home without the representation and knowledge of your own REALTOR® is risky business. The onsite new construction agent’s legal responsibility is to protect the financial interest of their employer, the builder. Their job is … Continue reading Purchasing a New Construction Home Without Your Agent

Attorney Representation at Real Estate Closing

Attorney Representation at Real Estate Closing   Florida is a Title State. It is not required that a buyer or seller be represented by an attorney at a real estate closing. Unlike other states, like New York where each party is required to have representation, Florida real estate closings are considered “not adversarial.” As a … Continue reading Attorney Representation at Real Estate Closing

Property Appraisal Report Unpacked – How It Affects The Buyer and Seller

Property Appraisal Report Unpacked – How It Affects The Buyer and Seller Typically, the appraised value of a property presented in an appraisal report is a snapshot representing the past six months of what comparable properties have sold within a mile of the subject property. The appraised value does not consider the “present market” or … Continue reading Property Appraisal Report Unpacked – How It Affects The Buyer and Seller

6 Mortgage Don’ts (when purchasing a property)

6 Mortgage Don’ts (when purchasing a property)   Don’t change your loan type while under contract to purchase a property because you may place your earnest money at risk.   Don’t make a major purchase or establish a new credit purchase before your mortgage is funded and your home is closed. Doing so could negatively … Continue reading 6 Mortgage Don’ts (when purchasing a property)

The Brain Healthy Initiative at Lakewood Ranch

The Brain Healthy Initiative at Lakewood Ranch Congratulations, Lakewood Ranch, Florida! Once again, Lakewood Ranch, the number one multi-generational community in America, is being recognized. This time it’s for the residents quality of life. Recently, Harvard Medical School, Mass General Hospital of Boston and the Academy for Brain Health and Performance selected Lakewood Ranch to … Continue reading The Brain Healthy Initiative at Lakewood Ranch

Estate Planning

Estate Planning and Power of Attorney (POA) Many people understand the benefits of a Living Trust as an important part of their estate planning. However, if the Trustee is no longer of sound mind and is unable to function in that role, a common mistake is to execute a Power of Attorney (POA) to amend … Continue reading Estate Planning

Buying or Selling a Condo in Florida

Things to Know About Buying or Selling a Condo in Florida   Facts: 60% of condo sales in Florida are purchased with cash 40% of condo sales are purchased using a mortgage product It is important to know that some townhomes and single-family residences are conveyed as a condominium.   When purchasing a condo in … Continue reading Buying or Selling a Condo in Florida