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Berlin Patten Ebling, PLLC
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So, we get this call at least once every couple of months: “Hi, I bought a property at a court sale, and I was just named as a Defendant in a foreclosure lawsuit. Can you fix that for me?” Nine times out of ten, we know exactly what happened without…
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Season is upon us and the local real estate market is heating up! As with any hot real estate market, it is not at all uncommon for Sellers to receive multiple offers on their property. For obvious reasons, multiple offer situations can be exhilarating…
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Anyone involved in real estate needs to be aware of estate planning issues that will likely apply to their real estate ownership and transactions. As you can see from the following list, there is a lot of crossover between estate planning and real estate,…
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It is a new year, and resolutions have been made, carried out – and even broken! It is a popular time for planning, which makes it a great time to be sure that your estate plan and affairs are in order. If you have not done so, it is a great time to…
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Our market is rather fortunate to have two fairly standard contracts for the purchase and sale of residential real estate, each of which, generally speaking, treat buyers and sellers rather fairly. It is for that reason that most attorneys are fine with…
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When drawing up a real estate contract, there are many times when items outside of the four corners of the FAR/BAR need to be dealt with. While the contract does have the Additional Terms section (paragraph 20) for those matters, it is important not to…
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With tourism in Sarasota rapidly growing every year, people are continuing to buy and sell investment properties here (because who wouldn’t want to escape to sunny Sarasota?) These investment properties frequently become short-term vacation rentals,…
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It’s that time of year again where folks take a few moments to reflect on the past year, and how each might make the next year better.  In this regard, I thought back on some of the transactions I encountered where a small change in the Contract…
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The As Is Contract and Regular Florida Realtors/Florida Bar Contract forms both contain important disclosures under Section 10 “Disclosures”. One important but often overlooked section pertains to section (d) titled “Flood Zone; Elevation Certification”.…
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Rudolph “the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is selling his spring retreat in sunny Sarasota, Florida to Santa Claus for $295,000. As many know, Santa is a resident of the North Pole which is not technically affiliated with the United States. Rudolph and Santa used…
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