Can I fire my real estate listing agent? Yes, you can. There are certain restrictions in your listing agreement which says that if you terminate it, you will be obligated to pay them a termination fee. Also, any time that you discharge them, they will be entitled to a real estate commission for any, anyone that they have introduced to the property or you have received inquiry during the listing period and they would be entitled to a real estate commission if you’re, I suggest if you wish to discharge your listing agent, you discussed with them the discharge and either paid them and have a release as far as being able to list it and also asked them if they would provide you with the list of any persons whom. They have introduced the property to so that you would know if you were going to sell it on your own, whether or not you would be obligated to pay them a real estate commission. Usually you would be hiring a different real estate agent and that would be satisfactory are usually okay with the real estate listing agent if you discharge them. They don’t necessarily have to release you from the listing agreement. And so if you, just because your firearm doesn’t mean that they’re not entitled to a real estate commission for the duration of their listing as well as their protection period after their listing expires. If you have any questions about discharging your real estate, listing agent, you have to be on call at (727) 847-2288.
Are you required to fill out a Seller’s Disclosure Form? The answer is no. You’re not under Florida law. Whenever a seller is selling residential real estate, they’re required to disclose to the buyer any matters that may readily affect the value of the property, which are not readily observable. So that is the duty of the seller. To do that, most of the standard real estate contract also makes out a contract provision that you are disclosing any matters that may material affect the property. And a realtor will also require you to fill the seller’s disclosure form out since they want to be protected and not have a buyer accuse them of not disclosing matters that they knew about and that they can rely upon the seller’s disclosure. a seller’s disclosure is not required on vacant property or commercial property. That is a Buyer Beware and no seller disclosure is required and do not suggest the seller of commercial or vacant property, complete a seller disclosure form and further caution them about reviewing the contract and make sure it’s not one of the standard residential contracts that required disclosure since that may impose additional liability on them that they ordinarily would not have. If you have any questions about selling your property and disclosing matters, will call me (727) 847-2288.
Does Florida have land contracts like they do in Michigan? And the answer is no. Whenever you sell property in an installment basis, you must file a judicial mortgage foreclosure action. And in order to eliminate the interest of the purchaser’s, interest in the property, that’s whether you called it a land contract agreement for deed, or no mortgage. The Florida Supreme court has a rule that even unrecorded agreements, and when they’re on an installment, sales basis, , with real property, you have to file the poor closure action. Florida is one of, I believe, seven States that has a judicial foreclosure proceeding versus a nonjudicial proceeding, which allows you to foreclose or take back your property without going through court. I received this question, periodically from people who are in the Midwest and Michigan, which are nonjudicial foreclosure States. But, in Florida you cannot have a land contract. If you do, it still has to be foreclosed, which is, I understand the primary purpose and using a land contract. So if you have any questions on how to sell your property on installment basis, give me a call at (727) 847-2288.
Can real estate be sold without a seller’s disclosure? Yes, it can be. So the law is as far as residential real estate is concerned, the seller must disclose to the buyer any matters that may materially affect the value of the property that are not readily observable. That does not require the disclosure form that the realtors use. Although that is certainly a good way to make the full disclosure of the property. It applies only to residential real estate and does not apply to commercial real estate. Although a contract, if the wrong contract is used on a commercial real estate transaction, it may require this disclosure. Just because you put as is in the contract does not relieve a seller from this closing any matters that may material, they affect the value of their property, which are commonly known as latent defects. Some of the big concerns are as whether or not the property has ever had a sinkhole, as a repaired sinkhole house or a claim has been filed. All of these matters must be disclosed. There’s any number of other matters, such as leaky roofs and the things such as that, that should be disclosed to a buyer. The seller disclosure form is not required, but the disclosure is required. If you have any questions, give me a call (727) 847-2288.
When do you use quit claim deeds? Primarily to clear up any interest someone may have in real estate by them signing the quit claim deed, they say that, “Look, if I have any interest in this property, I’m releasing it, I’m not stating that I do or do not have any interest in the property. But if I do, well I’m releasing it to whoever you’re transferring the property.” They’re used quite a bit to clean up any discrepancy and legal descriptions that are in the, what we call the chain of title, in that someone conveyed their property and there was a misspelling or there was a sentence missed out of the legal description, and it’s clear that they meant to convey the property.
However, as a result of a typographical error or some other problem with the deed, it did not clear up the title. And so the quit claim deed used clear that mistakes up that are made in transferring property, usually from a prior owner. Sometimes the quit claim deeds are used by relatives in the estate situation where has left of four or five children and they say, “Oh, well I want my sister to have this.” Well, they’ll sign a quit claim deed transferring whatever interest they have in the property to a particularly family member whom they would like to own the property.
Another time that quit claim deeds are used is whenever there’s a divorce proceeding, and the judgment should provide for the conveyance of a spouse’s interest in the property. However, if it does not, and directs them to execute a deed, well they would usually use a quit claim deed since they’re not warranting title. So quit claim deed says that, “I’m conveying whatever interest I may have in this property to you.” There’s no warranties that the person who signs the deed, that they have any interest in the property, but as to clear up questions about prior conveyances or court orders. If you have any questions about quit claim deeds and their use, well give me a call at (727) 847-2288.