Ask a Real Estate Pro: Owner can’t remove squatter without court order

By Gary Singer June 5th, 2015 Board-certified real estate lawyer Gary M. Singer writes about the housing market at SunSentinel.com/business/realestate each Friday. Q: We rent out a house. After a prior tenant moved out, we spent a few weeks cleaning up and repainting. Over the weekend, someone just moved into the house without permission. I threw him ...

Foreign Investors Eyeing U.S. Real Estate, What it Means for Buyers

By Donna Fuscaldo The competition in the housing market is heating up as buyers face off with  deep-pocketed investors located both in and outside the U.S. Foreign investors are playing a big role in the U.S. real estate market and  it’s putting upward pressure on home prices. According to new research from real  estate website Trulia,  from April ...

Orlando, Florida Real Estate Market Gaining Ground In 2013

By Brandon Cornett In many ways, the housing market recovery began in California and spread eastward. Most cities on the East Coast took longer to rebound. But at long last, things are changing for the better in that part of the country. This can be seen clearly in several of Florida’s major cities, including Orlando. This real estate market, and ...

Homeowners concerned about sinkhole insurance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Residents in a Tampa area neighborhood where a sinkhole swallowed a man and destroyed a house are worried after a second sinkhole was found nearby… …”If you have property insurance, then you are going to be covered because that is a catastrophic ground cover collapse,” Fasano said. “However, many ...
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5 Important Things to Do Before Selling Your House

By Brenda Lyttle Your home is a huge investment and any mistakes while selling it can prove to be pretty costly. Hence, it is always good to be safe and well prepared before you decide to see your home and start making repairs to it. So, before you get excited and start advertising the sale of your house, here are a few things that would be reasonable ...
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Three Reasons for the growth of Foreign Investment in Miami Real Estate

The growth in the real estate market in Miami is due to the sudden increase in the investment of foreign capital in the market, market experts believe. If you think that most of this money comes from rich industrialists and investment firms abroad, you will be wrong. Most of these are investments by foreign nationals living in South Florida and Miami. ...
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Here Are 7 Housing Markets Where It Makes Way More Sense To Buy Than Rent

Mamta Badkar | Aug. 12, 2012, 5:20 AM A recent study by Fannie Mae showed that 85 percent of Americans think owning a home makes more sense in the long-term than renting. Zillow has come out with a new metric called the breakeven horizon to help prospective home buyers determine whether it makes sense to buy or rent in a specific metro. The breakeven ...
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Water and Homeowners Insurance

by Susanne Romo When most people think of home insurance and claims, fire or burglary is usually the first thing that concerns people.  But what might surprise you is that neither of those claims is the most common.  Water is. And your homeowner’s policy may or not cover the damage.  The bottom line your claims adjuster will need to know is —- ...

Condo owners should buy secondary insurance

BY BARBARA HOLLAND Posted: Aug. 11, 2012 | 2:04 a.m. Q: I currently own a condominium that I rent to my granddaughter. Last Sunday, the girl who lives in the condo above mine called me and said she heard running water, and asked if would come over and see if we could figure out where it was coming from. I went over and we looked in all the storage ...
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Flood insurance premiums may rise in U.S.

By Ashley A. Smith An extension to the National Flood Insurance Program could mean stability to home buyers, but brings with it the possibility of much higher premiums. “The first thing it does, and this is very important, is it brings stability to local real estate sales,” said Joan LaGuardia, spokeswoman for the Lee County Department of Community ...