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Adverse Possession & Florida Real Estate

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A person generally likes to think that once they have purchased a piece of Florida real property, they own it without having to worry about it being seized by anyone (other than the government in certain situations). In reality, there is a concept called adverse possession that allows another person, under circumstances, to take… Read More »

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Do I Have To Join My New Home’s HOA?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A prospective Florida home buyer is a person who has fairly firm preferences on what they are looking for in a place to live. Many, especially those coming from out of state, are firmly set against joining a homeowners’ association (HOA). However, data from Today’s Homeowner shows that around 45 percent of all Floridian… Read More »

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Real Estate Attorneys & Florida Closings

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A closing is a proceeding at which the sale of a piece of property becomes final. These proceedings can be either quite simple, or can be complex, involving a host of different questions and understandings. If you are a buyer or seller approaching your closing, it is crucial to understand your rights and responsibilities… Read More »

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What Is A Latent Defect In Florida Real Estate?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

If you are looking to purchase real property in Florida, it is crucial to be aware of the obligations on both the buyer and the seller. Transparency is key for both parties, as Florida case law requires that sellers in particular disclose relevant information about the home or land. Failure to do so can… Read More »

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Why Do I Need Title Insurance?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

When someone wants to invest in real estate, there are quite a lot of details to keep straight, and it is all too easy to forget something you may need. Title insurance can make all the difference in protecting your rights to the property you have just acquired, particularly if the seller is less… Read More »

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Who Owns Florida’s Beachfront?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) estimates that the state has roughly 825 miles of sandy coastline, serving as an enormous draw for both investors and tourists. Of that mileage, roughly 60 percent is privately owned – but there have been debates for many years as to just who owns the rest. If you… Read More »

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Do I Need Representation As A Real Estate Investor?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

The Florida real estate market moves fast, and anyone who wants to invest in it must move fast as well. However, doing so is not without its pitfalls, whether they may come from outside factors or a lack of understanding of terms. Enlisting an attorney to help safeguard your interests can save you considerable… Read More »

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In Florida, Nationality May Bar Property Ownership

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

In general, U.S. law does not discriminate in the matter of real estate ownership, as long as the Office of Federal Asset Control (OFAC) does not object to the purchase or sale. However, the state of Florida passed a law in May 2023 that restricted the right of certain foreign nationals to own property… Read More »

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Can One Ever Back Out Of A Real Estate Contract?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

Like any other contract, real estate purchase agreements are usually set in stone once signed. However, if circumstances in your life change before the contract is signed, you may be able to escape with minimal damage to your personal finances, whether buying or selling. Florida law is generally even-handed with regard to favoring the… Read More »

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Will AirBNB’s “Revenue Collapse” Help The Florida Home Market?

By Seward Law Office, P.A. |

A recent report from Newsweek conjured rumors of a “revenue collapse” for AirBNB, though as of this writing the company disputes the allegation. Data obtained from AllTheRooms.com by Reventure Consulting, a home-buying advice firm, estimates as much as a 35 percent drop in revenue for properties in cities across the United States, including some… Read More »

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