Coronavirus Estate Planning: Now is the Time to Make a Living Will & Medical Power of Attorney

With COVID-19 looming, make sure your loved ones understand your wishes for health care. By now we’re well aware of the tragic health outcomes that may result from infection with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19): life-threatening respiratory conditions, extended hospitalization, and the chaos of trying to get medical care from a strained health care system. Given the […]

Is Now a Good Time to Refinance Your Home Mortgage?

Interest rates down? Here’s what to look into before deciding to refinance your home mortgage. Some people never think about their mortgage after getting it, except to write a monthly check and claim the tax deductions. Others watch the mortgage interest rates like hawks and refinance every time rates dip. The safest course is somewhere […]

Are Verbal Agreements and Contracts Valid in Florida?

Over the course of a single week, you likely enter into a wide variety of agreements and contracts. If you own a small business, you may negotiate agreements and contracts on a daily basis. Many of these agreements are probably verbally negotiated and sealed with nothing more than a handshake, which may not seem problematic […]

Florida Security Deposit Limits and Deadlines

A breakdown of Florida landlord-tenant laws on security deposits. Most residential leases and rental agreements in Florida require a security deposit. This is a dollar amount, usually one month’s rent, that’s intended to cover damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear, and to cushion the financial blow if a tenant skips out early […]

Selling a Home in Florida? Key Legal Requirements

From contract forms to closings, here is what sellers of a Florida home should expect and plan for. Selling a home in Florida can be different than selling one in any other state, both in terms of laws and traditional procedures. Here are some important facts to know. Role of Real Estate Agents in Florida […]

Pros and Cons of Buying Newly Built Homes

How to reduce costs and risks when buying a new house. There’s something inherently appealing about a brand new house — you get to pick out the countertops, drapes, and appliances, and have everything designed just the way you want it. New houses often come with more space and better appliances, require less immediate fix-up […]

Get Your Security Deposit Back!

Know your rights when it comes to getting your deposit back in full and on time. Most tenants who are moving out of a rental want their deposit back as soon as possible, either to make a deposit on a new rental or for use in a down payment on a house or condo. Unfortunately, […]

Mold in Rentals and Landlord’s Responsibility

Learn about your landlord’s liability for mold problems, how to get rid of mold, and how to prevent it in the first place. Mold is an environmental hazard that can cause concern among renters. Across the country, tenants have won multimillion-dollar cases against landlords for significant health problems—such as rashes, chronic fatigue, nausea, cognitive losses, hemorrhaging, and […]

What Realtors Need to Know About PACE Financing

Property assessed clean energy financing, more commonly known as PACE financing, is a consumer-friendly option offering set terms and low fixed payments. With no down payment required, PACE enables homeowners to pay for their energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and storm preparedness upgrades over time as part of their annual property taxes. Depending on the […]

Can Landlords Prohibit Certain Breeds?

The laws of the state usually provide the means for a landlord to prohibit the access and ownership of the renter or tenant with certain breeds of dog, sizes or weights of dogs or even no dogs or pets at all on the property. Some landlords have more power based on the specific city which […]