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Do the Deadlines on the FAR BAR “AS-IS” Residential Contract for Sale and Purchase expire at 5:00pm or 11:59pm?

Answer: It depends! Section 18F-Time is a commonly misinterpreted section of the FAR BAR Contract. Calendar dates are used to compute the critical dates of the contract. If a deadline falls on a calendar date that is not a weekend or national holiday, the deadline expires at the end of that calendar date, which is […]

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“Debtor Must Release Privileged Carlton Fields Attorney-Client Communications, Judge Rules,” Daily Business Review

Becker shareholder Jon Polenberg represents creditor-trustee, Daniel J. Stermer in a suit filed in Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida alleging that ATIF’s 2015 asset transfer to Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, one of the largest title insurance groups in the U.S., was fraudulent. Mr. Polenberg argued that ATIF attempted to avoid […]

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“Miami Developers: All This Socialist Talk Is Really Bugging Us,” Bisnow

Real Estate professionals in Miami are generally worried about macroeconomic forces that have more to do with policy than anything else. More specifically, all the talk of socialism has some Miami Real Estate influencers concerned. At a recent panel at Bisnow’s South Florida State of the Market event, many members of the discussion divulged that it […]

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Seven Tips to Save Money on Closing Costs

There are many costs associated with the purchase, or re-finance, of a property. These are known as closing costs. Closing costs can include an application, loan origination, appraisal, home inspection, credit report, title insurance, attorney costs, appraisal, and/or survey. These costs must be paid before the transaction is complete, and they are often paid at […]

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Controlling Uncontrollable Expenses

It has been some time since I last wrote about operating expenses in leases.  Tenants like certainty in budgeting and, because of the way most leases are drafted, landlords often have flexibility to change and increase operating expenses each year.  I have previously offered suggestions on how tenants can limit some of this uncertainty and […]

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13 Becker Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America®

The 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® honors thirteen Becker attorneys spanning nine practice areas. Additionally, Lee A. Weintraub is recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Construction Litigation, an honor only bestowed upon one attorney for each specialty practice and location. Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer […]

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New Far/Bar Rider for Miami-Dade County Residential Property

  Effective June, 2019, The FAR/BAR Contract documents now include a new Rider: CC. Miami-Dade County Special Taxing District Disclosure. Rider “CC.” should be used with contracts for the sale of certain residential property in Miami-Dade County.  The rider stems from an amendment to Sec. 18-20.2 of the Miami-Dade County Code which requires that sellers […]

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What’s Up with All This Traffic? The Impact of Neighboring Development on Community Association Roads

Whether you know it or not, the roads traveling through your subdivision are likely easements created for the purpose of providing ingress/egress access to public streets. And whether you know it or not, those easements may also benefit neighboring pro…

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Buyer Beware: How Home Buyers Can Avoid Buying a Liability

Home hunting is often very frustrating.  This true horror story of home buyers suing their real estate agent for $2 million after discovering that their home was infested with snakes is a cautionary reminder that all home buyers should take the necessary precautions to ensure that they too are not buying a home infested with snakes, or […]

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