Why You Need a Municipal Lien Search for Real Estate Transactions in Florida

You’ve put in an offer on a property and completed the customary title search, which discovers any recorded liens or title issues with the property. If the title search is clear, you’re good to go, right?

Wrong. In Florida, a business or government agency can hold a lien against your property without ever actually recording it on the official title. If the property is sold to a different owner, the new owner inherits all those unrecorded liens or other title issues, without even knowing it! We know that sounds crazy, but it’s the truth, and these types of issues can leave a buyer exposed to thousands of dollars in potential repairs and remediations. Read more

Common Closing Costs for Buyers

There are many pieces that must fall into place when purchasing a new home. If you choose to use a realtor as a buyer’s representative, the realtor will handle all the various moving parts of the deal behind the scenes with minimal effort on your part. They will interact with appraisers, inspectors, insurance companies, title companies, and more on your behalf.

Closing costs are the blanket term for all the fees for all these various services. 

To make closing costs easier to understand for buyers, Florida requires that mortgage applicants be given a Loan Estimate (also known as a Good Faith Estimate) listing the expected closing costs within a few days of submitting their application.

The most common closing costs for real estate transactions include: Read more

How to Reduce Closing Costs

Purchasing a new home may be the largest financial transaction you ever make, so it’s important to consider all the potential expenses and how to mitigate them so that you’re getting the best deal possible. One of the easiest ways to reduce your overall real estate transaction costs is to work on lowering your closing costs.

What are Closing Costs?

Closing costs” is a blanket term that covers a variety of different fees involved in a real estate transaction. Closing costs will be different for each real estate transaction but usually range from 3% to 6% of the total purchase price. The exact fees and charges that apply to your situation won’t apply to everyone. Closing costs for most real estate purchases contain some combination of the following items and services:
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Common Mistakes First Time Homebuyers Make During The Closing Process

Buying a new home is exciting, but it is also a very serious financial transaction that needs to be handled with extreme attention to detail. Even the slightest oversight during a real estate sale can lead to years of frustrating issues and tremendous expense for the new homeowners. The closing process can be an especially precarious part of the deal.

Surrounding yourself with a team of experts in handling real estate closings is an important first step, but ultimately, you, as the homebuyer, must take all the appropriate steps to ensure your closing goes as planned. To make the process smoother, avoid these common mistakes made by first-time homebuyers during closing: Read more

How to Prepare Your Home for Buyers

When you’ve made the decision to sell your home, (and now is a great time to do so!) you want to be sure to get top dollar. Even in today’s seller’s market, little details can make a big difference in your final sale price. 

Here at Benefit Title Services in Tampa, we’ve seen firsthand how sellers that go the extra mile get the most profit possible out of their homes. You too can get top dollar for your home by following our four C’s of home sale prep: Read more

Do You Get Taxed on Rental Properties?

If you’re considering getting into rental properties, you need to educate yourself on all of the laws and rules that are involved, especially about taxes. The income that you make on any rental properties you own is considered taxable income. When it comes time to sell that rental property, you’ll pay capital gains taxes on your net profit from the sale. These tax obligations can quickly turn your profitable venture into a loss, so it’s very important to know how they work before you purchase a rental property.

Let’s look more into these different taxes and how they may affect you as a landlord: Read more

How Do Capital Gains Taxes on Investment Properties Work?

Owning investment property is a dream for many people and is often seen as a way to gain passive income and financial security. The formula seems simple at first – as long as you can rent the property out for more than your expenses, you’re in the money… right?

Well, not always. Many people fail to consider the impact that taxes can have when it comes time to sell an investment property. And, if you’ve owned that property for less than a year, that impact can be quite large. Let’s take a look at how the IRS taxes your profit from selling investment property, known as capital gains taxes, and some ways you can lessen your tax burden. Read more

What is a Turnkey Property?

The simplest definition of turnkey property is a property that is ready to move into immediately. Turnkey is usually only used in reference to properties for sale, not those for rent. However, real estate investors may seek out turnkey properties to purchase and then immediately rent out.

Turnkey properties are highly desirable for both home buyers and investors, as most do not want to spend extra time and money renovating a property. For this reason, property developers often strive for turnkey status when preparing a property for sale, as this commands the highest sale prices. Read more

The Benefits of Buying a Foreclosed Home

You may have heard stories of people finding spectacular foreclosed homes for extreme bargains, or perhaps you’ve heard of someone taking a risk on a foreclosure just to get burned with serious repair bills. 

Everyone has their own opinion of foreclosures, but the reality is that they are just like any other real estate deal. Buyers who don’t do their due diligence have a much greater chance of regretting their purchase later on.

So, what is so different about a foreclosed home? Well, it depends on what stage of foreclosure the home is in. The three stages of foreclosure are: Read more

What Are Closing Costs?

Whenever you buy a home, many pieces must come together for the property to be appraised, sold, and transferred to a new owner. While you may only communicate with your realtor and a representative from your lender, many professionals are working behind the scenes to make sure the home buying process goes smoothly. Closing costs cover all the fees these professionals charge for their services.

Since closing costs is a blanket term that covers a variety of different fees and charges, there’s no way to give someone a definite answer as to how much their closing costs will be until they actually close on the property and sign all of the required documents. However, lenders do try to be transparent about estimated closing costs by providing all mortgage applicants with a Loan Estimate (formerly known as a Good Faith Estimate) a few days after submitting an application. This Loan Estimate will list all the expected closing costs associated with the prospective mortgage loan. The Loan Estimate is the best tool available for estimating your closing costs so you can budget appropriately. Read more