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What Is the Bert Harris Private Property Protection Act?

Florida is one of the only states in the U.S. that has a statute that gives a cause of action to a property owner when the state or local government takes an action that reduces the value of a property. This occurs by interfering with an existing use or a vested right without that government […]

How to Use Seller-Financing to Generate Income From Inherited Real Estate

Inheriting Real Estate I previously have written about considerations for heirs inheriting real estate in Florida who want to sell the property, such as in this blog article: https://www.legalteamusa.net/strategic-default-appropriate-decision/. Now, I’ll discuss issues related to how heirs can generate income through seller-financing an estate property. Many heirs have a greater need for income than to […]

Three Methods of Determining Fair Market Value in Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain The purpose of an eminent domain action is to compensate the property owner properly for the property that the government is taking for public use. It is important to understand the different ways that the property that will be taken is valued. There are three main methods that real estate appraisers customarily use […]

What Investors Should Know Before Buying Foreclosure Properties

Foreclosures A foreclosure surge is coming. The recession, unemployment, continuing pandemic crisis, and end of government foreclosure moratoriums and lender forbearance plans will lead to the next housing crisis. During the previous foreclosure wave, most homes were “upside down,” as values sank below the mortgage debt and created a short sale market. This time, foreclosure […]

Real Estate Investors & Bankruptcy: SARE and Economic Crisis Impacts

Economy and Real Estate Market The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program expired at the end of July, which likely will cause economic impacts on housing and the real estate market. Recent statistics may be an indicator of the direct effect that federal unemployment compensation has had on the economy. The National Multifamily Housing Council reported […]

Is Your Commercial Property Value Appraised too High by Your Local Property Appraiser?

August is approaching, and along with everything else that is currently impacting our lives, that means your local property appraiser will be mailing out proposed property taxes (TRIM Notice). Last year, I wrote an article about the process for challenging the property value appraisal of your property before the Value Adjustment Board. Last month, the […]

New Florida Law SB 1084 on Emotional Support Animals in Housing Is Effective July 1

The Florida legislature recently passed SB 1084 to create clarity and more consistent legal standards for emotional support animals (ESA) in housing. On July 1, 2020, the law went into effect. This article discusses some of the most significant aspects of the new law. People with disabilities and disability-related needs for an ESA are entitled […]

Types of Joint Property Titles and Protecting Your Financial Interests

For better or worse, in an economic crisis real estate often becomes a leading topic of interest, especially for existing property owners and potential owners. Whether you currently own property or are interested in purchasing property that becomes available, understanding the property title is important. It can be even more crucial when the property is […]

Lawsuit Filed Against SBA Administrator Carranza Citing Failure To Pay $10,000 Grants Promised To Small Business Applicants

Widerman Malek has filed a federal lawsuit against Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza, requiring Carranza to abide by the express language of the CARES Act, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL grant program. “We are working tirelessly to get our small business clients the funding to which the businesses are legally entitled,” […]

Real Estate Market and COVID-19 Crisis: Impacts, Lessons and Plans

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has pushed the U.S., and the rest of the world, into an economic recession. All stakeholders in the real estate market – lenders, borrowers, landlords, and tenants – will suffer consequences, and many, severely. To help those who are affected understand and respond to the impacts, this article reviews the current […]

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