In case you haven't heard, effective October 1, 2007, the Florida Legislature modified several title insurance statutes that specifically affect your buyers and sellers because they change the way the HUD-1 Settlement Statement (the "HUD") is completed. This "new" way of completing the HUD is a result of new definitions that were given to title related terms. They are: "Closing Services", defined to include (1) services performed by the Title Agent, (2) preparing the documents for the closing, (3) conducting the...Continue Reading!
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Did you ever want to paint the interior of your home and was concerned about sleeping in your newly painted bedroom the same night? Did you ever detect the smell of paint in your house months or even years after it was painted? Did you ever wonder if the fresh smell of regular latex paint may negatively affect your baby’s health, or someone who was pregnant, or bother your allergies or even your pets? Well I did. While I admit I’m not so up-to-date...Continue Reading!
Do you find yourself driving clients all over town and you notice you just drove over 3,000 in 60 days. Time to change the oil again right, no so fast. Did you know that oil changes for your auto at 3,000 miles are not needed. Most manufactures now recommended oil changes at only five or ten thousand miles. With better oils and outstanding engines means longer spans between oil changes without engine harm. Not only does changing oil less often reduce...Continue Reading!
Welcome to this beautiful home in Savanna, the most desired area of Weston! This lovely and versatile Banyan model features a split-plan with the master bedroom and bath separated from the two secondary bedrooms, approximately 1879 total square feet. This open floor plan boasts high ceilings and neutrally painted walls. Flooring: 18-inch tile laid on the diagonal Neutral ceramic tile throughout the living areas with neutral Berber carpet in the bedrooms Kitchen: High breakfast bar 42-inch white cabinetry White appliances, including refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, washer, dryer, microwave, and electric range The kitchen...Continue Reading!
RENTERS GO DOWNTOWN TO SAVE ON GAS, COMMUTING July 25, 2008 By J.W. ELPHINSTONE Sick of filling up the tank for sixty bucks? Considering a place near work downtown and tossing the car keys? Prepare to pay higher rents as more like-minded apartment dwellers flock to urban digs. Nationwide, rents near job centers and mass transit are rising faster than other areas, according to New York-based real estate research firm Reis Inc. The trend is strongest in Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago, Seattle, Baltimore...Continue Reading!
After a long drought, the mirage in this football dessert is beginning to look real. The Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami Hurricanes have started their respective training camps and I am excited. I envision once again Saturdays and Sundays cheering for my favorite teams, and hoping we do better than last season. This is the Miami Dolphins 2008 schedule: PRESEASON 8/9 - Tampa Bay 8/16 - @ Jacksonville 8/23 - Kansas City 8/28 - @ New Orleans REGULAR SEASON 9/7 - New York Jets 9/14 - @ Arizona 9/21 -...Continue Reading!
The high cost of fuel is affecting everything from the value of the US dollar to price of gasoline, food, electricity, etc. Is the big SUV many of us drive the primary cause? The SUV may contribute and may be the symbol of our wasteful nature but is not the primary cause. Most people are concentrating on the price of gasoline but that's only a symptom -- not the illness. To understand the source of our energy crisis we need to go back...Continue Reading!
HOMEOWNERS BLOG: Earth Date 08.0725.00 It's been 20 days since my last blog -- what did I accomplish? In that time frame I finished the revisions to all the drawings; resubmitted the drawings to the Health Department and after a couple of additional minor changes, they approved the drawings. The Health Dept. approval allowed me to finish the submittal for the plumbing at the City of Coral Gables. The plumbing comments were minor... change one existing water line from 3/4" to...Continue Reading!
Statistics won't always tell the whole story, but they often provide good perspective. The graph above shows Existing Home Sales data going back three years. An "existing home" is one that can't be called new construction; a "used home", so to speak. Note the steep decline from 2005 through late-2007. Since November, however, Existing Home Sales have remained within a very tight range and appear to have reached a flattening point. The Existing Home Sales data supports the word-on-the-street from real estate agents...Continue Reading!