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What you need to know prior to a Rezoning, Variance or other local government public hearing

In Florida, there are two types of hearings that a local government can have. Both of those decisions carry different standards of review and different methods of conducting these hearings. These hearing types are legislative and quasi judicial. It is important to note that the form of the local governmental decision does not control whether […]

It Costs Money to Sell a Home in Florida?

If you plan on moving anytime soon, you might be shocked to find out that it will cost you to sell your home in Florida. While you would think that the only money that gets put out during the buying/selling of a home is the money from the buyer, that is not the case; the […]

Are Real Estate Attorneys a Necessity?

Whether the real estate market is booming or not, there is always going to be a need for real estate attorneys. Shelter is an important factor to anyone’s livelihood, and it is a pretty safe assumption to say that in home are being either purchased or sold every minute that passes by. A real estate […]

Laws Regarding Home Fencing

This spring homeowners may be thinking about sprucing up their properties’ curb appeal. Fences are a popular choice among homeowners to add instant curb appeal to a home. Fences not only aesthetically enhance a home, but they also act as privacy divider.  Are you contemplating installing a fence around your property?  If so, it is […]

Beach Easements: Are Private Beaches Truly Private?

Rhode Island, known as the Ocean State, has a beautiful coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.  Its private and public beaches are enjoyed throughout the summer months by residents and tourists alike.  One day as a teenager I ventured forth with friends onto a private beach in Newport.  We were hoping not to be noticed if […]

Is My Cancellation of Debt Tax-Free?

I bought my condo in 2010.  I was living the American dream.  Life was good and then about a year later my circumstances drastically changed.  I was laid off from my company.  Suddenly paying my once very manageable mortgage became increasingly more difficult.  I began to struggle and had to dip heavily into my savings. I fortunately […]

Can I Squat and Take Over an Abandoned House?

  The answer to that question is “yes”. However it is a lot more complicated than moving in and staying there. With the massive number of houses in foreclosure, many of them are sitting empty for long periods. There have been cases where people have gone into these homes and stayed in them for a […]

Loan Modification? It Can’t Hurt to Try

  We’ve all heard the horror stories from friends who are now unable to make their mortgage payments. Some have tried to negotiate with their lenders. Some have dealt with banks that were not willing to do much to help them out. Others had better luck with their banks. But, just like we said before […]

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