Entries for March, 2012

Is the Seller’s Real Property Disclosure Form Required?

No.  The Seller’s Property Disclosure form is not a legal requirement.   However, it is strongly recommended that Florida Real Estate Agents have their Sellers use the form.   Sellers have a duty to disclosure any property defects they know about that would materially affect the property’s value to the buyer and that aren’t readily [...]

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What is a Trade Fixture?

A trade fixture is an item of personal property attached to real property that is owned by a tenant and is used in a business.   It is legally removable by the tenant.

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What is Erosion?

Erosion is the gradual loss of land due to natural forces .   It is the process of eroding or being eroded by wind, water, or other natural agents.

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What is the R Value of Insulation?

The measure of the effectiveness of insulation is its resistance to heat flow, or R-value.  The higher the R-value, the better the energy efficiency.  The Department of Energy has established minimum R-values based on zip codes.  R-values are additive.  As an example, if a home has an R-19 insulation in the ceiling and the owner [...]

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Who are the Parties to a Mortgage?

There are two parties to a mortgage: (1) the mortgagor, or borrower (debtor), and (2) the mortgagee, or lender (creditor).   The mortgagor owns the property and the mortgagee owns the mortgage.

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What is a Lis Pendens?

A Lis Pendens means “a suit pending”.   When litigation is initiated involving a specific parcel of real property, a lis pendens usually is filed with the clerk of county in which the property is located.

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