This is actually a very common misconception. In most circumstances, you could rebuild. Being situated seaward of the “CCCL” does not in itself prohibit you from rebuilding a damaged or destroyed property. In fact, activities that are not expected to cause any impacts or measurable interference with the coastal system are generally exempt. However, modifications to the foundation of such a property may very well trigger additional requirements and permits.
Why can’t I rebuild my property that’s seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line if it ever gets destroyed?
The local area has been in the national spotlight not once, but twice last month:
The Travel Channel announced that Destin has been named “Best Family Beach” in their Best Beach Contest. Cited among the many reasons were Destin’s many fishing options, the Emerald Grande Hotel, Destin Commons, the Okaloosa Island Pier, Kelly Plantation Golf Course, HarborWalk Village and the Gulfarium.
The U.S. Census Bureau released its report on America’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. The MSA primarily making up the Emerald Coast ranked 3rd in the entire nation based on growth rate. Midland Texas came in first, followed by Clarksville Tennessee. Of the top 10 MSA’s in the nation, two were in Florida and three in Texas.
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True, the BP claims center has been paying “Coastal Real Property Damage” claims in the area as a result of the 2010 oil spill. If you owned a home or condo from April 20, 2010 to April 16, 2012 that is situated on tidal (connected to the Gulf) waterfront, you may qualify.
Visit the claims center website at http://www.deepwaterhorizoneconomicsettlement.com/ for more information, as well as a map to help determine your potential eligibility. Paid claims in the $5,000 – $10,000 range are common.
The big news story this month has been the perceived “Assault on the Mortgage Interest Deduction” … It is clear that Americans overwhelmingly oppose any action by Congress that would serve to reduce or (God forbid) eliminate the mortgage interest deduction, which has remained sacrosanct since its inception in 1913. But as Congress and the White House wrestle with looming deficit reduction challenges, nothing seems safe.
Housing was the leading victim as the overall economy began to falter seven years ago, and it therefore only stands to reason that housing can help lead this economy out of the doldrums. Any tax code change that hinders growth in real estate will serve to hinder growth throughout our entire economy.
The elimination of the mortgage interest deduction would unquestionably weaken demand which would in turn result in lower real estate values. That is to say nothing of the negative impact on millions of American taxpayers with home loans today. Consider that even a modest-sized home loan could result in a $10,000 annual tax deduction for the homeowner. The tax impact of the elimination of the mortgage interest deduction would be devastating. Email, write or phone Congress to let them know what you think!
Ed Smith is the the president of RE/MAX Coastal Properties. With 25 years in real estate sales, Ed serves as President-Elect of Emerald Coast Association of Realtors and a Director at Florida Realtor. Ed and wife Terri are ranked among the top RE/MAX teams in Florida, year after year.
According to the IRS, forgiven or written-off mortgage debt is the same as taxable income. If you complete a short sale on your property, the difference between the lender’s net and the mortgage balance due is referred to as the deficiency. The lender is required to issue a 1099 if they are writing off the deficiency. This is often referred to as “phantom tax” as you could end up owing taxes for money that you did not actually receive.
However, the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 provides for certain levels of insulation against the phantom tax, at least in the case of your primary residence. Vacation properties would not qualify under the act. The bad news? Unless extended by Congress, this act will expire at the end of the year. For more, visit: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/The-Mortgage-Forgiveness-Debt-Relief-Act-and-Debt-Cancellation-
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Improving your credit (FICO) score quickly can be akin to turning a battleship on a dime. It can be difficult. The time to begin credit score management is months before you make loan application.
However, a good loan officer can help you get “re-scored” based on errors and certain changes, but generally speaking, paying your bills on time and keeping outstanding debt levels low are the key items considered in determining your overall credit score. And, do not close accounts that you’ve successfully paid off. Available unused credit is good for your score as well!
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Sellers in Florida are obligated by law to disclose known problems or conditions that could affect the property’s market value. But what happens if problems are discovered after closing? Did the seller know? Should the seller have known?
Buyers should always ask for a real property disclosure as well as making their purchase contingent upon the results of a professional home inspection. This is good for buyer and seller alike as it can help head off a problem before it actually becomes one.
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I am ready to close on a short sale that I’m buying, but the bank won’t pay the back HOA fees. Don’t the banks usually pay this on a short sale?
The lenders will often limit the amount of back HOA fees that they will pay at closing on a short sale. That is because a lender that acquires title to a property through foreclosure in Florida is only on the hook for one year’s worth of HOA fees. However, many distressed properties have accumulated several years’ worth of unpaid HOA fees. For that reason, it is oftentimes smart on the part of the HOA to accept the lender’s offer and allow the sale to proceed.
When entering into a contract to purchase a short sale, you must bear in mind that the banks are under no obligation to approve short sales to begin with. If they do choose to approve one, it is only because they believe it to be in their own best interst to do so.