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Understanding Liens—a Gold Mine or Land Mine, Part 3

We ended our last blog with a land mine many investors face during a purchase of a property in foreclosure – unknown or unforeseen liens such as past HOA dues. Because foreclosures present good purchase opportunities for investors, it’s important for investors to understand basic concepts in the foreclosure process.  All foreclosures are actions are […]

Understanding Liens—a Gold Mine or Land Mine, Part 2

In Part One of this series, I discussed the importance for investors to know just what they are buying when seeking out distressed property.  As described in the our first blog,  it is ok to buy that 7-11 hot dog, but only if that’s the value purchase you intend to make.  Investors should know what […]

Understanding Liens—a Gold Mine or Land Mine, Part 1

Warren Buffet is widely regarded as one of the greatest investors of all time. Though he’s not famous for real estate investing, his principles are universal. Buffet built his fortune on value investing and the idea that you make your money when you buy, not when you sell. He has long talked about buying shares […]

Two New Additions Boost Widerman Malek’s Growing Practice

We are pleased to welcome attorneys Demian S. Serianni and Charles P. Castellon to our Widerman Malek Celebration office. “Demian’s and Charles’ experience add incredible value to our clients,” said WM managing partner Mark Malek.  “We are proud to have them join our team.” Demian focuses on all matters related to United States Immigration and Nationality Law. Prior […]

Options for Selling Inherited Real Estate in Florida

Option: Selling to an Investor There are many real estate investors very interested in buying properties out of probate.  Some investors specialize in this market and manage marketing campaigns targeting heirs.  The most common way to reach heirs is by getting their addresses through public record probate filings used to send direct mail pitches to […]

Why tenant security deposits are a minefield for Florida landlords by Charles P. Castellon, Esq.

All Florida landlords should read and understand the state’s landlord-tenant laws found in Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes.  A part of the law that contains pitfalls and has historically caused problems for investors is 83.49.  This subsection covers tenant security deposits and the rules governing how landlords may hold and refund deposits following the […]

What Real Estate Professionals Should Know About Fair Housing Laws

By Charles P. Castellon, Esq. All real estate professionals should be very much aware of certain legal issues regarding housing discrimination and the federal and state laws that cover them.  Some very important issues involve fair housing laws designed to protect the public from the discriminatory practices that once flourished in the real estate industry. […]

Airbnb — a Threat or Opportunity for Landlords?

By Charles P. Castellon, Esq. © 2018, All Rights Reserved. The law has always struggled to keep up with technology.  Back in the 70’s, the legal system was not ready to address issues stemming “test tube” babies and currently, there are some gray areas involving digital assets in estate planning. In the still-young internet age, […]

“Close More Deals with Alternative Financing” – Attorney Castellon to Speak Sept.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2018 Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM Location: Bohemian Hotel, 700 Bloom St., Celebration, FL Attorney Charles Castellon will be included amongst the speakers at this event being sponsored by Pact Prosperity. Mr. Castellon will be speaking on the subjects of credit qualification for mortgage lending and factors to be aware of related to […]

If You Are Invited to a Death Dinner, What Should You Bring?

The concept of “Death Dinners” is a growing trend gaining momentum nationwide.  Talking about death over dinner may not seem appetizing, but this idea is the result of the chronic problem of our societal avoidance of the most unpleasant and certain event in life.  There are organizers, both volunteer and for profit, facilitating gatherings where […]

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