Does association need to levy a special assessment for Irma damage?

There has been some very heavy Hurricane Irma cleanup and repair costs for many Southwest Florida condominiums and neighborhoods. Of course none of these unexpected costs were in the association’s budget for this year. So, how are associations going to pay the Irma damage and repair bills coming due?There are basically three ways to pay these bills: Borrow […]

High court ruling means no more ‘free houses’ for Florida homeowners in foreclosure

There will be no “free houses” for Floridians who have defaulted on their mortgages but continue to live in their homes without paying. In a major opinion, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that lenders can resume foreclosing at any time, even if they have taken no action in years. Previously, they had to act […]

Only 1 in 8 EBR residents have flood insurance, meaning many will likely bear brunt of losses

Only about one in eight businesses and residences in East Baton Rouge Parish is covered by flood insurance, a reality that is sure to take a financial toll on those living in the vast swaths of neighborhoods that flooded during this weekend’s storms. The figure is higher in Livingston Parish, where 22 percent of structures […]

Keyes Co., Illustrated Properties merger makes firm the largest independently owned real estate brokerage in Florida

The Keyes Co. and Illustrated Properties announced a merger on Wednesday, in a deal that makes the combined firm the largest independently owned real estate brokerage in Florida. “It’s really two families coming together,” said Mike Pappas, CEO of Miami-based Keyes. “We will be maximizing each other’s strengths.” The South Florida firms said they will […]