florida real estate: HOME VALUES PLUMMET, WHO'S TO BLAME? - 07/17/08 05:23 PM
                  
Written by:
David B. Manley, President, Gold Coast Inspections, Coral Springs, Florida
 
Home Values Plummet, Who’s To Blame?
 
If you turn on the news, there is a blitz of blistering comments condemning the lending industry for the current housing crisis.  There’s an epidemic of foreclosures and spiraling home prices.  Thousands of homes within the foreclosure process daily with no end in sight.  The so-called experts, whom are an executive from the NAR, a real estate agent, lender or someone who’s written a book of flips, reporting better news is just around … (2 comments)

florida real estate: Are You Ready To Inspect? - 06/04/08 08:34 AM
Our company has been providing inspection services for South Florida since 2002.  With over 3600 inspections performed, I though I would touch on how to prepare for an inspection.
Typically, I wouldn't write such a remedial article but over the last few months we've become a bit frustrated with some agents that just can't seem to get it together.
Inspection Ready 101
1. Scheduling - be flexible.  The inspection takes the coordination of many people, so if the seller has a restricted schedule, it will be very difficult to execute the inspection.  Contracts stipulate an inspection period and the home needs to be … (0 comments)

florida real estate: Fidelity Opens Real Estate University - 12/18/07 06:52 AM
JACKSONVILLE, FL - Fidelity National Real Estate Solutions has launched an online real estate university for brokers and agents who want to sharpen their sales techniques, learn more about technology, and how to keep themselves safe on the job.
The school was developed in partnership with Instructiional Technology Services, a Michigan corporation that provides customized online training for associations and corporations, as well as students in grades K-12 and college.
The subscription based school provides access to a library of leaning modules grouped under three divisions; sales and professional development classes, technology training and personal safety awareness.
The self-paced classes are accessed by pass … (0 comments)

florida real estate: Florida Homeowners Could Be Liable For Trees That Cause Accidents - 11/28/07 02:41 PM
Homeowners who let bushes, shrubs and trees extend into the public right of way may be held liable if the foliage contributes to accidents by blocking motorists' view, the Florida Supreme Court ruled last week.
The high court's 4-3 decision came in the case of a fatal crash in Orlando. It was alleged that foliage from a residential property blocked the view of a dump truck, which broadsided a car, killing the driver.
The justices, though, unanimously agreed the Orlando property owner cannot be held responsible for the crash because her vegetation did not extend beyond her property lines.
The majority … (1 comments)

florida real estate: New Seller Consultation Service Offered To Reduce Listing Time - 11/03/07 05:30 AM
Coral Springs, FL
Gold Coast Inspections of Coral Springs is now offering a "Seller's Survey" in efforts of identifying defects that may show up on a Buyer's inspections report.  This informal walk-thru conducted with the homeowner allows the owner to view the property from the eyes of the potential buyer and buyer's inspector.
"This is a valuable service to the homeowner," states David Manley, Owner of Gold Coast Inspections, " it allows the seller to become aware of defects associated with the home, and address them prior the the seller inspection without having the formality of a full written report."
With inventory as a … (0 comments)

florida real estate: Florida Homeowners Insurance...Just My Opinion - 10/11/07 08:16 AM
 
There is no doubt that the increases in property insurance has adversely affected the RE market and the overall economy of Florida.  But what our industry and the homeowner needs is real change.
Christ and the Office of Insurance Regulation is doing the best they can to stop requested double-digit increases by the insurance industry, but there is something the average Joe can do to help.
Being an inspector performing Wind Mitigation Inspections throughout South Florida, it is staggaring to know how many homeowners are unaware they can reduce their wind strorm premiums in upwards of 35-56 percent.
The reason most homeowners don't know … (0 comments)

florida real estate: Florida Homeowners Insurance...Just My Opinion - 10/11/07 02:07 AM
There is no doubt that the increases in property insurance has adversely affected the RE market and the overall economy of Florida.  But what our industry and the homeowner needs is real change.
Christ and the Office of Insurance Regulation is doing the best they can to stop requested double-digit increases by the insurance industry, but there is something the average Joe can do to help.
Being an inspector performing Wind Mitigation Inspections throughout South Florida, it is staggaring to know how many homeowners are unaware they can reduce their wind strorm premiums in upwards of 35-56 percent.
The reason most homeowners don't know … (0 comments)

florida real estate: Christ To Reject Insurance Rate Increase Requests - 10/11/07 01:12 AM
 
Despite a Florida law passed in January that officials promised would lower property insurance rates, many companies this week have requested to raise rates. Gov. Charlie Crist said, however, that insurance regulators should reject most rate hike proposals.
Insurers faced a Monday deadline for filing proposed property insurance rates based on the new law, which increases access to cheaper backup insurance for the companies. Most insurance companies buy large amounts of reinsurance to insulate them against big hurricane losses.
But with rates spiraling upward after the busy 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, lawmakers this year expanded the state's Hurricane Catastrophe Fund … (1 comments)

florida real estate: Florida Seeks Homeowner Insurance Fix Amid Housing Woes - 10/10/07 03:27 PM
 
MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida's big push to slash homeowner insurance premiums, a major issue in a state hurt by a sinking real estate market, has turned to bust in the face of stiff opposition from the powerful property-insurance industry.
"It certainly didn't pan out," said Bob Milligan, the state's consumer insurance advocate.
"At best we've seen kind of a reduction in the increases, not really decreases from what they were prior to 2006," Milligan said in an interview.
He was referring to the huge increases many homeowners have seen since eight hurricanes crisscrossed Florida in 2004 and 2005, when insurers paid out about $35 … (0 comments)

 

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