What is the Title Insurance Commitment Really Saying?

By: Rene’ Rutan, Real Estate Council Relations Manager, Florida ARECS

In 2010, Florida was the last state in the U.S. to approve the American Land Title Association (ALTA) 2006 Title Insurance Forms, which accomplished numerous objectives, one of which was to simplify the legal nature of the language.  Despite these efforts to simplify, title insurance still has its own language so let us help you understand what the title commitment is really saying.

Keeping Pace with P.A.C.E. Loans

By Charles D. Nostra, Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC

As we discussed a few months ago Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans, which are used to make certain qualifying energy efficiency and hurricane hardening improvements to commercial and residential properties, are increasing in popularity but unfortunately many buyers and sellers do not understand how they work and how they can complicate the real estate closing process.  Here is what you, as a real estate professional, need to know about this increasingly popular financial product.

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 the name on a deed. Before reaching the end result, purchasers typically find themselves amongst a midst of several charges and cash flows.  Amongst these is the documentary stamp tax.

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

By: Rene’ Rutan, REC Relations Manager, Florida ARECS

If 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 Development District or CDD.  Many large, multi-phase communities with lifestyle amenities are now relying on this method of funding development so it is essential that homebuyers and the real estate agents serving them have a full understanding of what CDDs are and how they work. 

Do I Really Need Cyber Crime Insurance?

By: Michael Rothman, Esq., Fund Legal Education Manager

Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud and other social engineering frauds remain a real concern for all those engaged in the real estate profession. A single uninsured and misappropriated wire transfer in the hundreds or even tens of thousands of dollars can cripple one’s business. 

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 Clerk

After 6 years of litigation arising from a $2,850,000 residential real estate contract, the 3rd District Court delivered its noteworthy opinion...

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 hardening) improvements.

What's in Your Black Bag?

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 the English language, and didn’t know that the easement, which I called a “blanket easement” prevented use of the entire property.

Real Estate 101: Easements Gone Wrong

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 before you know how bad your easement was.

Danger Zone- Buying Property at the Clerk's Foreclosure Auctions

By: Gary L. Davis, real estate lawyer in New Port Richey, Florida

My clients purchased a mortgage foreclosure property from the courthouse. After their purchase, the homeowner’s association demanded they pay back assessments that totaled more than $20,000.00. Didn’t they get the property free and clear from the sale?

How Wire Fraud Starts

By: American Land Title Association, TitleNews Online Archive

Criminals begin the wire fraud process way before the attempted theft occurs. Most often, they begin with a common social engineering technique called phishing. This can take the form of email messages, website forms or phone calls to fraudulently obtain private information.

The opinions of any particular author are not necessarily the opinions of Attorneys' Real Estate Councils of Florida, Inc., any of the local Real Estate Councils or Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC.