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Q&A with Appraiser Richard Pyle

It is no secret that the real estate market in South Florida is booming, but how has the surge in home values affected how residential properties are appraised? I asked appraiser Richard Pyle, who has served the Florida market for more than a decade, to...

Can Directors Vote Via E-Mail?

Q: I heard there was a recent change in the law which now prevents Board Members in a homeowners association from voting on matters via e-mail. Can you confirm this? Y.C. via e-mail A: You are correct that this change in the law for homeowners associations...

To Close Or Not To Close – Now What?

When 2 parties sign a real estate contract, they generally do so with the expectation that the seller wants to sell and the buyer wants to buy. Basically, at the time that the contract is signed, both parties want to close. However, sometimes, things happen...

Is a Short Sale the Right Sale For You?

There was a time, not so long ago, when a high percentage of the residential closings that we were doing were short sales. Short sales really ramped up following the bursting of the housing bubble and then peaked during the foreclosure crisis.  We all know...

Letters of Intent: Helpful or Hindrance?

Many real estate and lease transactions begin with a letter of intent (LOI). An LOI is supposed to be a non-binding expression of interest between a buyer and seller of real estate or a landlord and tenant.  In a perfect world, the LOI should outline,...