South Florida Sun Sentinel

Real Estate Q&A: What Can Neighbors Do About Hoarder’s Unkempt Home?

October 27th, 2021
TNS—Q: A resident of our community is a hoarder and does not maintain his home. We are concerned that the condition of his home will attract pests and cause other problems. The association’s management company sent him letters, but nothing...

Real Estate Q&A: What’s the Best Way to Prevent Title Fraud?

November 8th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: Recently, there has been an emphasis on stealing titles and the loss of a home. What is the best way to check on the status of our titles and prevent our properties from being stolen? — James A: Real...

Real Estate Q&A: Can We Build Another House in My Side Yard?

November 13th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: My property’s large side yard is more than big enough to fit another house. I want to deed part of my property to my son so he can build his home there. Should I get my mortgage lender’s permission...

Real Estate Q&A: Who Pays Balance of Special Assessment if Property Is Sold?

November 26th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: Our association will be remodeling the clubhouse, and there will be a significant assessment. We will have the option to pay off the amount in one lump sum or over 10 years. If I sell while paying off the...

Real Estate Q&A: How Can I Restore my Credit After Ex-Spouse Skipped Mortgage Payments?

December 7th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: After I was divorced, the court awarded our home to my ex-spouse and ordered him to refinance the mortgage to get me off of it. He has not refinanced the property several years later and pays the mortgage inconsistently,...

Real Estate Q&A: Can I Use My Credit to Help Buy a House Where Someone Else Pays the Mortgage?

December 13th, 2021
(TNS)— Q: What are the pitfalls for a mother to use her credit to buy a house for her thirty-something son in another state? Both of our names would be on the title. He would make the down payment and...

Real Estate Q&A: What’s the Best Way to Make Sure Sibling Is Taking Care of Mom’s House?

December 27th, 2021
(TNS)—Q: Our youngest sister lives with our 94-year-old mother and takes care of her. The family has agreed that she will be the sole owner of the property upon my mother’s demise. My sister is listed on the house deed...

Real Estate Q&A: I Co-Own a House With a Friend. Is it Better to Leave My Share in a Will, or Should I Draft a Deed?

January 3rd, 2022
(TNS)—Q: I own my home 50/50 with a friend. Neither of us has any close relatives that we would want to leave our half of the house. I read your article about owning a property with other people. Would it...

Thinking of Waiting Out the Housing Market? Non-Buyers Regret Sitting on Sidelines

January 4th, 2022
(TNS)—As home prices spiked during the pandemic, some people decided to put their home shopping on pause in the hopes that prices might drop, a decision they are coming to regret. Now, a year-and-a-half into record price growth and dwindling...

Real Estate Q&A: What Are My Legal Options After Handshake Deal Over Vacant Lot?

January 7th, 2022
(TNS)—Q: In 2014, I struck a deal to buy my neighbor’s vacant lot behind their house. We shook hands in front of a witness. According to our deal, I immediately wired the money to his account and paid the property...

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