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What Can We Learn From Taylor Swift’s Contract Dispute?

2020-09-08T13:12:52-04:00August 28th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

Look what they made her do. Taylor Swift has emerged victorious in a $1 million lawsuit accusing her of screwing over a New York realtor, with a judge siding with the singer and throwing out the case. Swift, in her defense, argued that she never signed a contract. According to Swift, a Douglas Elliman broker [Read More ...]

Kim, Kanye and Life Insurance, What Can We Learn From These Two?

2020-08-20T10:49:57-04:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning, Florida Law, Insurance, Real Estate|

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are fighting (again, sigh). What happens when they divorce, they're Florida residents and Kanye's too busy taking over the world and forgets to remove Kim as his beneficiary on his life insurance? According to Florida law, Kim, as the former spouse is not entitled to the benefits. Section 732.703 states [Read More ...]

What Can Be Learned From Madonna’s Co-Op Board Fight?

2020-07-21T16:03:40-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

It all started in 2008 when Madonna bought her Manhattan pad for $7.3 million sans guest restrictions. In 2014, the co-op board changed the rules and one under 16 years of age could reside in the apartment unless a resident over the age of 21 was present. Two years after the rule change, in 2016, [Read More ...]

What Can be Learned from Katy Perry’s Real Estate fight with G-d?

2020-07-21T16:16:18-04:00May 15th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

She actually fought with two Catholic nuns, but almost the same thing, no? Katy's woes began in 2013 when she brought a convent that had been home to the Order of the Most Holy and Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a sprawling eight-acre estate located in the hills of L.A, for $14.5 million. [Read More ...]

What Can Be Learned From Bethenny Frankel’s Real Estate Debacle?

2020-07-21T16:17:57-04:00May 1st, 2020|Categories: Real Estate, Trusts|

It all started when the former Real Housewife wanted to hide her identity during the purchase of her $5 million Tribeca apartment. The genius that she is, created a trust and claims that she instructed her attorney to have only her as the beneficiary. He however, named both her and her then soon-to-be-ex-husband as the [Read More ...]

Controversial Florida Vacation Rental Laws

2020-07-21T16:06:12-04:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|

It's getting hot in the sunshine state, a bit of local real estate news for you.  This blog is not just beautiful, it's smart too ;-) This past Tuesday, a Florida state Senate panel approved a proposal that would give the state, not local officials, control over the regulation of Florida short-term rentals. Under current [Read More ...]

Could a “Private Sexual Oasis” Increase Your Property Value?

2019-10-10T16:51:44-04:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|

You can’t make this stuff up.  A house in Philadelphia, listed for $750,000, features pictures that strongly resemble a sex dungeon.  The description demurely referred to the room in the finished basement as a “private sexual oasis.”  It’s also being sold furnished and as-is, folks.  LOL The listing went live last Thursday and garnered considerable [Read More ...]

Why Every Realtor Should Have an Established Attorney-Relationship

2019-10-10T16:51:57-04:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Real Estate|

I was recently speaking with a new friend, a realtor, and she was telling me an all too familiar tale.  There was a deal, it was going bad, there was an independent realtor, to make a long story short, she lost her commission.  She told me that her broker wasn’t particularly interested in fighting it [Read More ...]

Record Deed Scam – Useless Documents

2019-10-03T16:59:54-04:00April 1st, 2015|Categories: Real Estate|

After recording a deed, I tell my clients to look out for mailings that may look official, but are really a scam. The victims of the deed scam are new homeowners in South Florida. They are deceived by the formal-looking letter, which looks like a government bill, and asks for an $83 "document fee" for [Read More ...]