Seven Accused of Taking Homes Worth $12 Million From the Living and the Dead [5-11-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Wayne R. Roustan and Anne Geggis Published May 11, 2018 A ring of thieves illegally took ownership of more than 40 homes across South Florida in a multimillion-dollar plan — even stealing properties that …

Hurricane Irma powers sharp increase in lawsuits against insurers [5-10-18]

Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published May 10, 2018 Lawsuits against property and casualty insurers with the largest market shares in Florida increased sharply in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the same period last year, and …

Flood insurance rate hikes take effect; most to see small increases [4-10-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published April 10, 2018 Flood insurance premiums just got more expensive — again. Effective April 1, the average premium rose 8 percent, from $866 per policy to $935. But the vast majority of …

Florida building codes thwarted hurricane damage, report shows [3-26-18]

Article Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel By Mary Shanklin   Published March 26, 2018 Florida ranked top in the nation for its building codes, according to a new report that cited newer construction better withstanding hurricane damage. The nation’s biggest hurricane target unseated …

Spurned by private carriers, South Florida homeowners again forced into state-run Citizens Property Insurance [3-26-18]

Article Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel By Ron Hurtibise Published March 24, 2018 State-owned Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the so-called “insurer of last resort,” is poised to again become the first choice for many homeowner insurance customers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. …

First-Impression Florida Condo Law Case Highlights Property Tax Oddity [3-23-18]

Article Courtesy of Daily Business Review By Celia Ampel Published March 23, 2018 Condo associations may not represent unit owners in property tax appeals brought by the county appraiser, even if it means flooding the courts with hundreds of nearly …