4 Pointers for Buying a Home During a Pandemic!

2020 was an extremely challenging year for everyone, with many feeling as though their lives were on hold. Continue reading “4 Pointers for Buying a Home During a Pandemic!”

7 Myths About Down Payments for Real Estate Purchases

There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the process for real estate purchases, and this makes matters even more confusing for those that are new to buying a home. Continue reading “7 Myths About Down Payments for Real Estate Purchases”

6 Commercial Investments That Tend to Get Overlooked

What crosses your mind when you hear the term “Commercial Real Estate”? Oftentimes we think of a high-rise office building, shopping mall, or even an old grocery store building. While these Continue reading “6 Commercial Investments That Tend to Get Overlooked”

Florida Hotel Sales are Down, is a Spike in the Horizon?

Florida hotels are changing hands much less frequently lately, thanks to COVID-19’s negative impact on the local economy. Orlando’s 500+ lodging properties are dealing with severely reduced revenue due to sparse tourism, and this is only contributing to the ongoing mass layoffs within the hospitality industry. Continue reading “Florida Hotel Sales are Down, is a Spike in the Horizon?”

2021 Mortgage Rates Leading Many Homeowner’s Towards Refinancing

Mortgage rates were on a steady path of decline in 2020, allowing many people the opportunity to become Homeowners or adjust their current property loan values. These historically record low rates are being projected to stay low for at least the first few months of the New Year but are expected to slowly rise again towards the end of 2021.

What does this mean for current property owners? The ability to take advantage of record-low rates on their mortgages and to save funds that can be put towards other investments.

So, when does it make sense to go through with a refinance?

  • When it lowers your monthly interest rate and/or payment
  • If you can reduce loan term/remaining payments with minimal increase in monthly payment
  • If you can use debt consolidation from the refinance to lower overall monthly obligations
  • Using a cash-out refinance for home improvements or some other major purchase.

The most important thing to note is that a refinance may sometimes have costs associated with them. Homeowners should calculate their break-even point to see how long it would take to recoup the costs. The decision to start this process is solely in the hands of the property owner, and if the savings outweigh the initial costs then it may be a smart financial move.

Take advantage of great rates & have Premier Florida Title help with your title needs. As a property owner, you are allowed to select your own title company for the title work. Call us today so we can help guide you through this process!

Title to Real Estate Property!

 

A deed is a legal instrument used to convey real property. There are three main deeds in Florida, or three methods of transferring property. They vary depending on the guarantee that is offered by the seller, the type of property, or reason for transfer.

1) General Warranty Deed

  • Most complete form of ownership, or highest level of protection to buyer
  • Guarantee that grantor (seller) has legal title

2) Special Warranty Deed

  • Provides limited warranty of title
  • Seller guarantees he/she has not adversely affected the title to the property during their ownership period
  • Common for transactions with trustees, or personal representatives, & foreclosures

3) Quitclaim Deed

  • No warranties or guarantees from seller
  • Most risky form of ownership
  • Conveys the interests of the grantor (seller) but grantor does not represent he/she has any rights to convey
  • Common to transfer property among family members or when dealing with a divorce
  • Common to clear defects in title

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In most real estate transactions, we recommend obtaining a general warranty deed in congruence with a title insurance policy to ensure you have complete equity, or ownership in your new property & proper protection for any unexpected encumbrances. However, every case is different and you should discuss your options with a Florida Real Estate Attorney.

Stay tuned for our next blog on – which Deed is right for you!

Purchased a New Property In Florida? Beware of Solicitations!

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As many of you know, the process of purchasing a new home, or commercial property involves quite a few important documents that you need to be familiar with. Title and Deed documents are given to you by your attorney. Usually, these documents are also accessible online via your county’s property appraiser’s website FOR FREE. In instances where you have purchased a new property, you may receive a letters in the mail that might look like an official county or state document which states that you will need to take additional steps to finalize documentation, or that you will need to order vital documentation that shows ownership of your property.

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This mailing will have your name, parcel number, and property address on it. What Record Transfer Services is doing might not be illegal; however, these services are usually already performed either before or at closing by a title company or real estate attorney. A title search is usually performed by a title company or an attorney, who researches the vested owner, the liens or other judgments on the property, the loans on the property and the property taxes due before the closing is done. If duplicates are needed or documents are misplaced from your records, these documents can usually be found via your county property appraiser’s website or you may contact your real estate attorney.

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Given that the letter includes a deadline for which to request for these documents, it appears to be an official document, however, make special note of the disclaimer in fine print at the bottom of the letter: “This product or service has not been approved, or endorsed by any government…” Generally, if you receive a solicitation asking for more money after your closing, it is not necessary and is rarely legitimate. If you are not sure or you would like more information, contact your Florida Real Estate attorney or title company as soon as possible.

Maintaining Accurate Records

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Regardless of the size of a company, whether a small business or a large one, it should comply with its state law record-keeping requirements.

Here is a list of some of the important corporate documents to maintain:

– A copy of the corporation’s articles of incorporation or organization;

– Corporate bylaws or operating agreement;

– Organizational minutes;

– Annual reports;

-Minutes from any shareholder meetings;

-Maintain an updated list of all executives, employees, etc;

-Accurate accounting records; and

-Important Financial statements.

 

For a year-end business check-up, contact your Business Law Attorney today!

Tips For Purchasing A Hotel in Florida

Before looking under classified ads for hotels for sale, you must first start by having an idea of your needs and expectations for your new business. The location, appearance, and structure of the property will all affect how to choose to move forward with the purchase. Looking at the history of the business is a good place to start, as well as potential ways to make it more profitable for you in the long run.

Speaking with an experienced attorney will offer detailed information and advice about a specific property after you have gone through a preliminary process of consideration. Check out the location well before deciding to buy there. A hotel is unique in the sense that business can be affected by so many different factors. If it is on the coast or by a beach, you may only get bookings during certain months once a year. In that case you may count on seasonal income whereas in a big city or town, you will want to be near businesses that travel and year-round tourist attractions. Also be careful of locations that are overpopulated or riddled with competition.

Experienced operators have an advantage in that they have established repeat clientele and are usually well known. Make a list of questions to be answered when looking at hotels for sale. That way, if they don’t pass the checklist, they won’t be worth considering. This step could save you a lot of time if you know what you’re looking for. Some of these elements could include staff members, food service options, how many rooms or guests on average, tenant demographics, and the Unique Selling Proposition for that hotel.

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Two key ratios that are important to note include the revenue per available room (revpar) and the staff costs to turnover. These numbers can help you calculate how profitable the hotel has been in the past and how much you will be making potentially. You can also ask current ownership on their approach with the hotel to see if  they have done anything new recently as far as management and/or renovations. The third major aspect of buying a hotel is the building.

It is necessary to first get a full survey and valuation taken, and also review the lease terms and conditions (if any) before moving forward with a purchase. Take a look at the physical condition of the rooms and public areas, making sure all fire and health regulations and codes are met. Check documentation for up to date licenses and everything you may need in order to make sure there is no more unfinished business on your part. A Real Estate Attorney can assist you by gathering all documents and information regarding the closing and offer any advice you may need for your new business venture. Contact us at Gulati Law and see how we can help you acquire a Florida Hotel!

 

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Interested in Florida Real Estate Investment? Here are Some Tips!

Real estate investing can be an extremely rewarding process, but it can also carry some worth-noting risks.  Troubleshooting for these issues begins before the purchase takes place and continues throughout ownership.  Here are some tips to help get you started.

The thing to address first and foremost is the financial aspect.  Buying profitable real estate means investing in properties that are cash flow positive. Rentals should provide a fair rate of return on the invested equity.  Also make sure to secure long-term fixed rate financing. Financing or refinancing a property can end up costing you more in the long run or effect transfer issues.

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When it comes to “fixer-uppers,” you may want to look elsewhere.  Projects that involve extra remodeling or renovations are very much likely to loose money in the end.  Estimating the cost of repairs can be difficult to the average buyer, except for construction contractors that have experience in such. Obtain experienced contractor opinions before you consider a “fixer-upper”.

Take an in-depth look through all title documents.  This includes the title insurance policy, title abstract, schedule of exclusions, and a survey of the property.  Schedule some time with an Florida Real Estate Attorney to assist you in going through all items in detail and addressing any issues before you go forward with the purchase.

Proper insurance should always be put into place for each specific property and circumstance.  Speaking with an experienced Title Insurance Agent will make it easier to cover all liabilities and reduce the chances of anything severely impacting your finances.

All areas touched on above are great places to start when considering a new real estate investment.  If you are relatively new to property investment, speaking with seasoned long-term investors and Florida Real Estate Attorneys may offer some insight into how to go about taking on a new project. At Gulati Law, we are able to work with you in all these areas. Contact us for more information today!

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