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Condominium

New Requirements For Condominium Buildings Take Effect

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In September 2022, Florida’s brand new inspection requirements for buildings over 3 stories tall went into effect. The legislature passed sweeping reforms of state laws after the tragic 2021 collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, intending for greater oversight of building quality, as well as increasing requirements for community associations and condominiums in… Read More »

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Should New Homeowners “Harden” Their Florida Homes?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In early 2022, Florida State Representative Nick Diceglie (R-Indian Rocks Beach) filed what came to be known as the “home-hardening” bill. The proposed legislation offered homeowners a chance to “harden” their homes by offering grants to windproof dwellings in vulnerable areas. The legislation passed into law in May, but it has taken until November… Read More »

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Why Do I Need A Florida Real Estate Lawyer?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

It is true that in Florida, one does not need a real estate attorney for most residential real estate transactions. However, it is definitely in the average person’s best interest to hire one anyway, simply because doing so may help to protect you from easily avoidable errors or problems  during the process. If you… Read More »

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Common Questions At Florida Real Estate Closings

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

The closing is the last step of what can be a complex process of buying real estate. While the process in Florida is fairly straightforward, it is not uncommon for last-minute questions or concerns to crop up before the closing can be successfully completed. Both buyer and seller may want to be reassured about… Read More »

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The Most Common Real Estate Closing Issues In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Residential real estate closings can be complex endeavors, simply because the stakes are so high in the underlying transaction. A home is a significant investment, and naturally, both parties to a real estate transaction want it to conclude swiftly and successfully. However, certain issues have a way of appearing at the last possible moment…. Read More »

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Florida Real Estate And The Fair Housing Act

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Both Florida’s legislature and the U.S. federal government have established Fair Housing Acts, intended to curb discrimination on the basis of race/color, sex/gender, religion, national origin, and disability, among others. However, sometimes discrimination is not that easy to detect, particularly if someone has not had to buy or rent a home before. If you… Read More »

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RealEstateClosing

Are You Ready To Close On Your Real Property?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A real estate closing can be a momentous, life-changing event for a person or a couple, particularly if it is their first time buying a home. However, it can be quite intimidating for the same reason, especially if you are trying to navigate the process alone. There are several different factors that go into… Read More »

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HomeInspection

The Role Of A Home Inspection In Florida Real Estate

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

When trying to conclude a residential real estate transaction in Florida, it is recommended (though not required) to have a home inspection performed before going to closing. A licensed, certified home inspector can do this, providing you with vital information about the state of the property, and may sometimes catch a defect of which… Read More »

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Real Estate & Probate In Florida

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

When a person passes away, and their will is read, it is not uncommon for them to have left real property or land to one or more of their heirs. However, before the person’s heir can take possession of the property (or sell it, should they wish), the bequest usually has to go through… Read More »

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Woman Arrested & Charged Over Real Estate Scam

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In May 2022, a woman from Loxahatchee was charged with multiple fraud crimes after she stole thousands of dollars in a real estate scam spanning six Florida counties. She listed properties for sale or rent without the residents’ knowledge, and then posed as both the owners and as a title agent in order to… Read More »

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