November 18, 2019
Disclosure requirements for all-cash purchases have been eased — slightly

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Disclosure requirements for all-cash purchases have been eased — slightly

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Disclosure requirements for all-cash purchases have been eased — slightly

South Florida remains under the government microscope for all-cash transactions. But it — and other regions — are getting a break when it comes to purchases made by publicly traded companies. The change came when Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a branch of the U.S. Treasury department, updated and renewed its transparency requirements for all-cash real estate transactions in South Florida. [Source: Miami Herald]

Foreclosures rose in October, but are still down for the year

Foreclosures rose 13% in October from September, a new foreclosure market report from ATTOM Data Solutions said. States that saw the greatest number in REOs, or completed foreclosures, in October 2019 included: Florida with 1,493 REOs; Texas with 912 REOs; Michigan with 890 REOs; California with 824 REOs; and Illinois with 805 REOs. [Source: Florida Trend]

VC-backed brokerage expands to Florida

On the heels of raising $35 million, a San Francisco-based brokerage that provides white-label tools to agents has set its sights on Florida. Side, the venture-backed brokerage founded in 2017, launched in Florida this week, the company said. Unlike traditional firms, Side offers back-office and marketing support to agents who run their own businesses. [Source: The Real Deal]

Opinion: Flood warnings should come before home sales

Want to buy some Florida swampland? You could, without knowing it. And nobody has to tell you. Because our state provides no safeguards for people who may unwittingly buy homes that repeatedly flood, the cliche about Florida’s classic real estate scam is truer than ever. Now consider that of all states, low-lying Florida is at greatest risk for inland flooding and tied with Louisiana for the highest risk of coastal flooding. [Source: The Destin Log]

Miami’s condo king will hand crown to son next year

Miami’s condo king is preparing to hand over the title of president to his son within the next year. Jorge Pérez, president and CEO of Related Group, will give up some control to his son, Jon Paul Pérez, in 2020, an executive at the company said during a Bisnow event on Thursday. [Source: The Real Deal]

STAT OF THE WEEK
$500,000
The futuristic appearance of a $23.5 million mansion in Miami Beach is made for admirers of modern architecture. It will also catch the fancy of auto enthusiasts and gourmet cooks. The home’s many stunning features include flush retractable windows, marbled bathrooms and a motor court with car turntable. And there’s a state-of-the-art, $500,000 kitchen. [Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel]

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