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What Happens When You Receive a Code Violation?

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There are code enforcement inspectors who look for code violations concerning homes and/or properties. Say, for example, you live in a community with a homeowners’ association and there are rules and codes you’re supposed to comply with, but you don’t…... (more...)

Is a Home With a Municipal Lien On It Still Worth Buying?

One of the quickest ways to scare an investor off when they’re thinking about buying a home and flipping it is to tell them that the home has a municipal lien on it. Most investors don’t want to deal with the headaches, not to mention the expenses,... (more...)

What is a Zoning Letter?

Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones, such as “residential” or “commercial,” whereas certain land uses are permitted or prohibited. Zoning is a technique of land-use planning to help bring order to a place and ensure... (more...)

Here’s Why You Should Search for Municipal Liens Before Buying Real Estate in Florida

Why should you search for municipal liens before buying real estate in Florida? Like most other states, there can be unrecorded liens, as well as fees and permit violations attached to a property rather than an individual. When you close on a property,... (more...)

Can a Lien Be Placed on Your Property Without You Knowing?

Can a lien be placed on your property without you knowing? Yes, it happens. Sometimes a court decision or settlement results in a lien being placed on a property, and for some reason the owner doesn’t know about it– initially. For those of you... (more...)

Voluntary vs Involuntary Liens

A real estate lien involves a legal claim on assets. Filed with a county records office or state agency, the lien allows the holder to obtain access to the property if the debts aren’t paid. Liens help creditors collect money owed to them by “clouding”... (more...)

Examples of Liens That Can Be Placed on Your Property

Unless you work in real estate, you probably don’t know too much about liens. Sure, you’ve heard the term, but what is a lien, really? Basically, a lien is a legal recorded claim against a property. The lien essentially “ties up” the property... (more...)

What is an Elevation Certificate?

The state of Florida isn’t known for high elevations. Any “mountains” in Florida are manmade (and probably part of a ride at Disney World). In fact, much of Florida is at or near sea level. Did you know Florida is the flattest state in the nation?... (more...)

An Overview of Estoppel Letters

Have you ever heard of an estoppel letter? It’s a document that states the amounts to any statement of settlement for both the buyer and the seller of any real estate. Estoppel is actually a judicial device in common law legal systems whereby a court... (more...)

The Title Insurance Industry and Bank Fraud

Hackers are a problem these days. Indeed, all sorts of people involved in financial transactions and the financial industry itself have to be ever vigilant about hackers. Banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders, title insurers, and others are constantly... (more...)

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