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I am in Miami fl. on a property in an agricultural area. we

I am in Miami fl. on a property in an agricultural area. we have been there 5 years now. we run a non profit organization utilizing plants and animals to teach people about the environment/nature in an engaging interactive way. we could not afford to buy the property when we found it but were approached by a family member who said they wanted to help us. It surprised us but we were very happy for the opportunity. This person purchased the property at a discounted price offered to us by the seller because they believed in our mission statement. We met in her lawyers office to discuss everything. We gave them our two year, three year and five year plan, and offered the purchaser 3% on her money even though she insisted she did not want to make money off us, she just wanted to help us. We would pay the monthly mortgage expense etc, with a portion going toward our eventual purchase of the property. The lawyer said that we should write all this down, but purchaser insisted it was not necessary, she just wanted to help us.We worked our buns off transforming the property to a lush tropical rainforest paradise. We had to be creative as we had very little money and had to generate funds for the landlord. We repurposed found things, got donated plants, rescued plants, rescued animals, found places that would donate discards that we could use to feed the animals etc. We provided a unique experience to our visitors and after a few years word of mouth took off and our attendance skyrocketed. Apparently the landlord figured she could take over our business, but that was not happening. She in no way could fulfill our mission statement. That pissed her off. She started harassing us that she wanted her money out at year two. we were on track with the business plan we had given her and it stated that at the five year mark with our agreement we should be able to purchase the property from her. in 2014 she just got plain nasty. She seemed mad that we were becoming more successful. eventually later that year she told us everything has changed. All the money we had paid to her was gone. Her exact words were 'poof' thats all gone. She said that she was going to put the property on the market unless we started paying $5000 a month. We paid $5000 a month. After a year she put the property on the market anyway. She asks a price $150,000 above the appraised value, insisting that was the price we would have to pay for it. Eventually she dropped asking price a little and says we can buy it for that price plus 25% of the business with none of the liability. It was not the first time she demanded 25% of the business. Now she has sent a letter ( with some lies in it) saying she is not renewing rental, and gave us a few weeks to move out, or buy the property at the too high price, or sign a year lease with increased rent and lots of not good for us things in it. I feel that there is extortion. There is no way we can possibly move all our animals and enclosures and supplies in that time period. People trying to help us mentioned improper enrichment, breach of contract ( although verbal contracts are binding in Fl, I guess it's not so regarding real estate)..She deceived us. And apparently just wants to take all we have. I dont know what recourse i have. But am determined not to worry myself into a heart attack again. Any ideas?

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J. Warren

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I purchased a residential property in Palm Beach county,

I purchased a residential property in Palm Beach county, Florida in 2015. I never received the tax bill for 2015 in that the bill was sent to the past seller. I was told by the county assessor that the responsibility falls on the title company to notify new owner of the real estate tax bill due. The title company claims that all they are required to do is record the deed. The assessor tells me that since the deed was recorded after August, the new recording does not change until the next year's tax bill goes out. I have been sent a delinquent letter through my mortgage company that the bill is past due and an additional $1000.00 is owed due to penalty and taxes.Since I was never notified by the title company that the taxes were due, who is legally responsible for the delinquent charges?

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MIAMILAW1127

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I made an offer to purchase some land based on erroneous

Hello,I made an offer to purchase some land based on erroneous information. The owner signed my offer and emailed back to me. The offer had the following contingencies:1. Seller accepting offer and returning it to buyer within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter;2. Buyer confirming and approving back tax amount, any property encumbrances, permitted land use, easements, parcel size and other due diligence results;3. The property being delivered with clear and marketable title and Buyer having full physical possession of the property at closing.The size I had listed on the offer was incorrect and he signed the offer without pointing that out to me. I would like to send an email withdrawing my offer. I am pretty sure I can do that since my contingencies mention parcel size and I have not signed anything except the cover letter to my offer. The offer was not a contract or a deed. It was simply a two page letter saying I was interested in purchasing and if the owner was interested in selling to sign the offer and email back to me.regards,Pat Esposito

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I am the buyer is a " by owner".O I'm buying a

Hello,I am the buyer is a " For sale by owner".O I'm buying a property from the seller.No real Estate brokers involved.Both me ,Buyer,and the Seller,have an attorney .Earnest Money Question:who should hold the Earnest Money Deposit?Sellers Lawyer,or buyers lawyer?or I just give it directly to the seller and draft a document acknowledging this is?Thank you!

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I am a writer working on a novel. Though it is fiction, I do

I am a writer working on a novel. Though it is fiction, I do want the correct facts.My character, Amanda, puts her condo up for sale with Joanne, her realtor sister, and leaves Chicago.My question is, can Amanda give Joanne power of attorney to sign all pertinent papers to close on the condo or does Amanda have to return to Chicago to sign them?Thank you,M. Peterson

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William B. Esq.

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Was given 60 days notice after living at residence 20 years,

Hi. Was given 60 days notice after living at residence for about 20 yearsJA: Real Estate issues can be tricky and expensive. The Real Estate Lawyer will need to help you with this.Customer: Property was bought and the new owner served us the notice. I know I have to move but do I pay my monthly or do they have to pay us to move. How does that work. ThanksJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: Yea and he told me I have to move or I can stay and then rJA: What advice did they give you?Customer: They will evict us and then we will get another 90 daysJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Well the landlord did not give us notice that he was even selling. Years ago he did promise us that if he decided to sell we would have the first choice. And when he did mention it to us we asked him about that and his answer was he asume we couldn't but the propertyJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Real Estate Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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Oh sorry Im new to this I thought it was not real, Im in

HelloJA: Hi. What seems to be the problem?Customer: Oh sorry Im new to this I thought it was not realJA: Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?Customer: Im in califorinaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: no and I do have a very important questionJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: well i was wondering if filing chapter 13 would stay a writ of possession in califorinaJA: What state are you in? And has anything been officially filed?Customer: you mean califorinaJA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Real Estate Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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I have been living in my apartment years then the landlord

I have been living in my apartment for five years then the landlord changes property management and i sign a new month to month lease. A few months later i get a 60 day termination of tenancy without reason. I write them pleading with them not to do this. They write back saying eviction continues they have plans for the building and my app. But im the only one to get notice. Do i have any rights to stay.

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I am in a real estate contract (entered into 90 days ago on

I am in a real estate contract (entered into 90 days ago on March 30, 2016) as Seller that says, "This transaction shall be Closed (evidenced by delivery of warranty deed and payment of purchase price) and this Agreement shall expire at 11:59 p.m. local time, on the 30th of June, 2016. Such expiration does not extinguish a party's right to pursue remedies in the event of default. Any extension of this date must be agreed to by the parties in writing."This property is located in Gatlinburg, TN. Buyer's bank cannot close and pay me my proceeds by 30 June; however, they are now trying to get my permission to wire transfer the proceeds to my account the next business day on July 1st. In my opinion, Buyer is not meeting the June 30 closing deadline, and I am not agreeable to signing any additional addendums to out closing date. I am perfectly fine with letting this sale expire.My question is: Will I have any legal repercussions from this Buyer if I do not accept the title company's request this afternoon (at the Buyer's pushing) to go ahead and sign the closing documents dating them on June 30, even though they cannot pay me the proceeds on that date? My feeling is that if they cannot hand me the check for proceeds of my sale on by June 30, it is actually the Buyer who has defaulted, not me.I just want to ensure Buyer cannot come back to me afterwards for fees he expended in trying to get two different loans for my property over the past 90 days since our Sales Contract was executed.If anything, I feel I have been the injured party in this fiasco but having my property basically off the market with the "Sale Pending" banner on the MLS listing for 90 days during peak buyer interest in the Smoky Mountain area, plus I have kept up all the utilities, HOA & maintenance fees for past 90 days for his benefit so he did not have to incur "hookup" fees when the property conveyed.Your legal opinion would be greatly appreciated, since time is of the essence! Thank you.

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Legalease

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