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Pop-Up Leasing is Good for Everyone

As Halloween approaches, we have all probably noticed a number of pop-up Halloween costume and party shops opening around town.  As soon as they close, the Christmas stores will take their place.  Holiday and other pop-ups have become very popular in the retail landscape over...

Controlling Uncontrollable Expenses

It has been some time since I last wrote about operating expenses in leases.  Tenants like certainty in budgeting and, because of the way most leases are drafted, landlords often have flexibility to change and increase operating expenses each year.  I have previously offered suggestions...

Is Your Real Estate Agent On Your Side?

Buyers and Sellers of Florida real estate, particularly residential real estate, generally assume that their brokers and agents are working exclusively for them. And though I have no doubt that the vast majority of brokers are ethical, honest and hardworking, the fact is that Florida...

Pay Attention to Open Permits Prior to Closing

It is not uncommon to discover the existence of open building permits in residential closings. The closing attorney or title agent will find open building permits when doing routine due diligence prior to closing. An open permit, alone, will not adversely affect title, but sometimes,...

Why Survey?

I don’t know how many times I can write about the importance of getting a survey of your property before closing, whether commercial or residential.  A survey can tell us many things and identify so many problems that buyers, and even the current owners, are...

“Don’t Want No Short Sales ‘Round Here”

With apologies to Randy Newman and his classic 1970’s song, Short People, this refrain, “Don’t Want No Short Sales ‘Round Here,” equally applies to the lenders who must process and approve requests for short sales as well as the attorneys and closing agents and their...

PACE FINANCING MAY BE QUICK, BUT IT ISN’T EASY

PACE financing is a fast way to finance improvements to your home if the improvements increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs, and/or improve resistance to hurricane damage.  PACE, which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, is administered by the Ygrene Energy Fund and is...

Don’t Forget to Survey

How many times do clients, looking for ways to save money at closing, ask whether they really need a survey? Hopefully, not too often because a survey, and in particular, an ALTA survey, is required to satisfy the title insurance requirements to delete the survey...

What Is My Land Worth?

Very often, contract negotiations get hung up on two important, but related issues: price and entitlements. Why are these issues related? Because to a buyer, land has far less value without entitlements than it does if fully entitled. Most sellers, however, believe that they are...