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The Pros and Cons of Investing in Commercial Real Estate

Florida has one of the largest and most dynamic commercial real estate markets in the entire country. As defined simply by the Corporate Finance Institute, commercial real estate is “non-residential immovable property used for business or land that can generate income.” There are a lot of commercial real estate investment opportunities available in South Florida. […]

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Real Estate Litigation: Five Common Questions and Answers 

According to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), there are approximately five million residential real estate transactions in the United States nationwide each year. There are many hundreds of thousands more commercial real estate sales. As complicated as they can be, most real estate transactions are finalized without serious problems.  Unfortunately, that is […]

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Navigating the Real Estate Buying and Selling Process: Everything You Need to Know

Whether you are buying or selling residential property or commercial property, it is normal to have a lot of questions. Not only are real estate transactions notoriously complex, there is a lot at stake. It is crucial that you get everything done the right way. Both buyers and sellers need to be confident that they […]

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What Can We Learn From Monty Python?

The Monty Python star, Terry Jones’ two children launched a legal battle against his second wife, alleging he lacked ‘mental capacity’ when he wrote his last will and left her their £2.8m London home before dying from dementia. The Welsh-born comedian passed away last year at the age of 77, nine years after his second marriage […]

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What Can We Learn From Angelina Jolie’s And Brad Pitt’s Dispute?

Can you believe that these two are still going at it? Four years after they announced their divorce, they haven’t taken a break, but lucky for us, there’s an interesting development in their case. The original fight appears to be regarding the custody of their kids. LOL by the time they figure this out, the kids will be […]

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What Can We Learn From Dr. Oz?

Dr. Mehment Oz is involved in a legal dispute with his sister, Nazlim Oz, over rental income from two New York City properties owned by their late father. According to the legal complaint filed by the sister, the Good Doctor stopped her share of the rental profits from the properties, currently held in a limited […]

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What Can We Learn From Megan Fox and Brad Pitt’s Manager Dispute?

Megan Fox purchased a $3.3 million Malibu mansion from Cynthia Pett-Dante (who’s best known as Brad Pitt’s manager LOL) in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Fox realized that property had serious problems, (trigger warning Floridians, we’re going somewhere dark today). The property was full of MOLD and required at least $500,000 in remedial work. Been there, done […]

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What Can We Learn From the Property Brother’s Lawsuit?

What can we learn from the Property Brother’s lawsuit? HGTV’s Property Brother’s production company has been hit with a lawsuit from a couple, home-owner’s/contestant on the popular home renovation show. The couple, Paul and Mindy King, claim that the renovations featured in their home, on the reality show were shoddy. They made reference to exposed […]

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What Can We Learn From Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck?

Bennifer is BACK! Are you as excited as I am? Lopez is rumored to be relocating her home base to the West Coast to be closer to Affleck, but don’t worry Lopez’s ex-fiancé Alex Rodriguez remains in Miami……and single LOL. So, what can we learn from Lopez and Affleck, these on-again-off-again love birds? The State […]

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What Can We Learn From The Big Lebowski?

The beloved 1990s comedy The Big Lebowski is returning to Netflix on Saturday, June 1. Woohoo! And as usual, there’s plenty for us to learn. I promise, no spoilers but how can you have missed this movie? A few years ago, the actor Jeff Bridges (who starred as The Dude in The Big Lebowski) and […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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, […]

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

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. […]

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

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 […]

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Controversial Florida Vacation Rental Laws

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Why Every Realtor Should Have an Established Attorney-Relationship

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 […]

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Record Deed Scam – Useless Documents

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 […]

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