Loans from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) can be a great way for first-time buyers to purchase a home, since they require a much smaller down-payment than typical home lenders do. But buying a condominium (rather than a single-family home) with an FHA loan has been nearly impossible, because only a tiny fraction of condo projects has received the approvals needed by the FHA. Read more
Pretty much every week I meet with a couple who have been married previously, who want to be sure their will is up to date. Ensuring that a will and other important documents that you drafted years ago are current is a valuable exercise, one I recommend couples do regularly. (More on this below.)
But married couples who have children from a prior relationship need to look beyond their will to consider what is likely their most important asset: their home.
And that requires a close look at your deed. Read more
What do real estate closings have to do with international cyberwar? It turns out they are indeed linked, as the residents of Baltimore trying to buy or sell their homes in recent months have discovered. Read more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently posted an article on mortgages for homebuyers, especially people buying for the first time. I thought the article and the links inserted (including a useful checklist linked at the end) offer good food for thought.
Here is a reprint of the article, which you can find at consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/year-you-buy-first-home/ Read more
In Florida, as in many other states, you can begin a probate for a deceased relative or friend as soon as the person passes away. Often, there are sound reasons for starting the probate as soon as several days or weeks. But sometimes, it is smarter to wait.
Starting early means the estate can begin the process of inventorying assets and putting up the person’s house for sale. And because probate can take months or longer, the sooner it is started, the quicker the heirs can get their inheritance. Read more
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- Could a Cyberattack Cripple Real Estate Closings in South Florida?
- A Home Mortgage Primer
- When Does It Pay to Wait to Probate
- At Tax Time, Be Glad Florida Has Low Real Estate Taxes
Gary M. Landau, Esq.
Former Board Member and Award-Winner, Broward County Bar Association Member of Florida and New York Bars Certified Circuit Court and County Court Mediator