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Surfside real estate attorney title insurance

Buying a home is likely the most expensive purchase that you will make in your lifetime. The moment you receive your keys may give you a surge of pride, but the path to get there can sometimes give you a headache. Without a professional guiding you through the process, it can quickly become overwhelming and you may feel as if you are paying for unnecessary additions, such as title insurance. This type of insurance incurs a one-time charge included in your closing costs and it protects the lender. But what about owner’s title insurance? Should you spend the extra money for the additional protection in Florida?

What Is Title Insurance?

Before your home closes, your mortgage lender will require a title search, which searches public records for any title defects related to your home. For instance, the title search may bring the following issues to light:

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Wilton Manors real estate attorney foreclosure

Coming to the realization that there is a possibility that you could lose your home is never a good feeling. Everyone goes through financial difficulties—especially homeowners—but the thought of losing the place that holds your family memories can be devastating. This year has been challenging for everyone, regardless of economic status, and many are finding themselves in the most serious financial state of their lives. Though the government has provided a certain amount of financial support, these stimulus checks will not continue on forever and your financial situation may still be in disarray when that day does come. If you are on the brink of foreclosure, there are actions that you can take to save your home.

Education Is Key

You should first begin by educating yourself on what is happening. Most people do not know what the foreclosure process entails until they find themselves in the middle of one. Foreclosure is not an instantaneous process—far from it—and your lender will provide you with a number of notices and packets of information before your house is actually foreclosed. Many of the late payment notices will contain information on foreclosure prevention options, which is important for you to read through before it is too late. Depending on how late your payments are, you may also want to begin researching how Florida handles the foreclosure process to determine how much time you really have.

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Sunrise residential real estate attorney

The thought of buying a home may seem like an endeavor that is far in the future. Maybe you are waiting until you have a family, or perhaps you do not think that you are financially stable enough to make such a large purchase. While both of these are valid reasons to hold off on purchasing a home, many are unaware of the benefits that buying a home, rather than renting, has to offer. Aside from having a place to call your own, purchasing a house also provides several tax benefits and the ability to grow equity.

The Continuous Increase in Rent

Rent prices have increased at a fast rate throughout the United States, regardless of the state in which you reside. According to research from the Urban Institute, rent in many markets has grown exponentially compared to median incomes. In other words, your rent will continue to rise while your paycheck will likely remain stagnant. In many areas, monthly mortgage costs are comparable or even cheaper than monthly rent.

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Surfside bankruptcy attorney

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19 on individual families and the economy as a whole, governors across the country put up protections against evictions and foreclosures. Now seven months into the pandemic, states have begun allowing these eviction and foreclosure moratoriums to expire, Florida included. Governor Ron DeSantis’ moratorium expired on October 1, leaving many Floridians panicked about how they will make ends meet. You may be concerned about your family’s financial well-being, feeling as if you are on the brink of bankruptcy. Luckily, financial assistance is available and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have picked up where some of the states left off.

Affordable Housing Coronavirus Relief Initiative

In late June, Gov. DeSantis announced $250 million in CARES Act funding would be used as rental and mortgage assistance for families who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. Known as the Affordable Housing Coronavirus Relief Initiative, the large sum of $250 million has been divided into two even pools. One was administered by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) as short-term rental assistance and the other half was released to counties throughout the state based on its reemployment assistance rate. According to the official press release, this second $120 million will be used for rental and homeowner assistance programs such as rehabilitation, new construction, mortgage buydowns, and more for those who have been impacted by COVID-19. The FHFC has information about the progress of the program.

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Surfside real estate attorney

Buying a house is likely one of the most expensive and meaningful purchases that you will make in your lifetime. Whether this is your first home buying experience or your fifth, it is important that you have a legal expert by your side to guide you through the process. Florida law does not require the purchasing or selling parties to hire a real estate attorney, though it is always advisable to do so. Not only can this save you time and money, but a reputable real estate lawyer will confirm that the terms outlined in these complex contracts do indeed match your stated agreement to the seller. If you are considering purchasing a home, our Broward County real estate attorney can guide you through the below steps. 

The Purchase and Sale Agreement

One of the first documents in the buying process, the purchase and sale agreement determines the terms of your purchase—and the enclosed details may not be adjusted or avoided later in the process. For this reason, it is important to hire an attorney before signing any legal documents. Florida law requires judges to treat you as if you read every word of a document before you signed it. In other words, if you skipped a few lines and missed key details, the judge will likely still enforce the terms of the agreement.

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