When Does the Buyer Get the Keys After Closing on a House?

One of the most overlooked components of a real estate transaction is what happens when the ink dries on the stack of documents everyone signed during the closing, but funds are not immediately available. Buyers typically think they get keys right away upon signing. But before they can get the keys to the property they just purchased […]

“Popular Contingencies,” Compass Q1 2021 Florida Market Report

Q: In light of this busy real estate market where homes are selling quickly or even before they hit the public market, what type of contingencies are you seeing become popular and what would be your most frequently asked concern for clients that you work with? A: Buyers are shortening or waving certain contingencies to […]

AGENT TIP: Open Permits & Title Insurance

One of the hallmarks of Becker Title is our Real Estate Agent Educational Enhancement Program. This program was developed to empower real estate agents seeking to improve their customer service additional understanding of the regulations governing the real estate industry. As part of this program, we offer Agent Tips. Open permits are not covered by […]

Q&A with Appraiser Richard Pyle

It is no secret that the real estate market in South Florida is booming, but how has the surge in home values affected how residential properties are appraised? I asked appraiser Richard Pyle, who has served the Florida market for more than a decade, to explain how properties are appraised and how the pandemic has […]

Closings During COVID-19: How RON Has Forever Changed The Real Estate Industry

Just months prior to the pandemic, the title and legal industry made some tremendous strides toward virtual closings. Florida’s remote online notarization (“RON”) law, passed in July 2019, went into effect January 1, 2020. Normally, new technology takes time to implement; however,  lockdown/quarantine requirements allowed Becker and Becker Title to accelerate adoption and implementation of […]

The Do’s and Don’ts of Buying a House – a Personal Experience

Two years ago, my wife and I sold our house of 23 years and decided to downsize.  We thought we would rent for a year and figure out what we wanted to do.  I had an accident, so one year became two and she (not me) started looking just as the COVID-19 crisis began.  I […]

Residential Real Estate: Choosing a Title Agent is More Important Than You May Think

There are many critical parts to a residential real estate transaction that must fall into place in order for the closing to take place smoothly and on time. The first time home purchaser or novice residential real estate investor may not understand what goes on behind the curtain. While angst is understandable, it can be […]

Executive Order: Broward County Realtors

On Monday, March 30, Broward County issued Executive Order 20-04 (effective Tuesday, March 31) to clarify the types of real estate sales and real property title services that are allowed to occur in-person as opposed to remotely or electronically. Per Executive Order 20-04, in-person appraisals, inspections, surveys, or other in person required activities (as expressly […]

FAR Coronavirus (COVID-19) Extension Addendum to Contract – Explained

The Florida Association of Realtors (FAR) has recently come out with a new extension Addendum for COVID-19. Below is a summary of the Addendum and how it can be used when amending the “As Is” Residential Contract. Any questions please feel free to contact us. 1. This is an Addendum created by the Florida Association […]

How COVID-19 Affects Residential Sales or Purchases Under the FAR BAR Contract

It’s still business as usual, albeit remotely, here at Becker and Becker TITLE.  Our team is diligently working to close each transaction in a timely manner utilizing the latest technology and our vast resources. Interest rates are lower than ever and it is a great time to buy or refinance (side note: BT also handles […]