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Reminder to file your Florida Homestead Exemption by March 1st

February 6, 2018 Posted in Blog

Visit the Escambia County Tax Collector's website for more information. 

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Mandated Disclosures. Some Disclosures Are Required By State, Federal Or Local Law.

September 27, 2017 Posted in Blog

    Statutory Disclosures. These are well known to you and include: (a) lead-based paint (b) radon (c) HOA and condominium disclosures (d) Insulation for new homes (e) Energy...

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Some Takeaways. What Do All These Cases Mean?

September 20, 2017 Posted in Blog

  We’ve covered a lot of ground quickly and gotten deep into the legal weeds, but we have done so purposely to give you a sense of the complexity of the legal landscape and the care that you must...

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Do your homework before you buy or sell!

September 12, 2017 Posted in Blog

In Stev-Mar, Inc. v. Matvejs [678 So. 2d 834, 837-38 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1996)], Stev-Mar sued the seller, and the real estate agents for fraud and/or negligent misrepresentation, based on...

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Does the Buyer Have a Right to Rely?

August 21, 2017 Posted in Blog

In 2010, the Florida Supreme Court case of Butler v. Yusem [44 So. 2d 102 (Fla. 2010)] distinguished fraudulent misrepresentation from negligent misrepresentation, specifically in regard to the...

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Surprising Lessons from Nelson v. Wiggs

August 16, 2017 Posted in Blog

In the case of Nelson v. Wiggs [699 So. 2d 258 (Fla. 3d DCA 1997)], the home in question was on an unpaved road in an area in Dade County that floods routinely. The houses in the area are all built on...

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Residential real estate transaction relies on home inspection

August 10, 2017 Posted in Blog

  Home inspections are a vital part of the process of purchasing and closing on a residential property in Florida. There are some important issues to keep in mind regarding home inspections when...

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What We Can Learn from Supreme Court’s Thinking in Gilchrist Timber Company v. ITT Raynor

August 3, 2017 Posted in Blog

  In the Florida Supreme Court decision, Gilchrist Timber Company v. ITT Raynor [696 So. 2d 334 (Fla. 1997)], Gilchrist purchased more than 22,000 acres from ITT. Prior to the closing, ITT sent...

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Negligent Misrepresentation? Or Not?

July 26, 2017 Posted in Blog

In real estate, “negligent misrepresentation” usually occurs when someone, whether a seller or the seller’s agent, describes an attribute of a property or answers a question about the property...

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