Are there any online lawyer services that allow me to cheaply draw up a lease agreement for renting out my condo?
You can get inexpensive forms from Realtor associations. I am sure that LegalZoom would help you draw up a lease agreement. Nolo might sell forms as well.Keep in mind however, that none of these forms will be specific to your needs. If there is anything special about your needs, these forms will not help you identify them. This is the major risk to using a form that isn’t drawn up specifically for you.Sometimes cheap is fine. Sometimes cheap lends itself to trouble. Alas, you often don’t know which is the case until it is too late. Make sure that anything you get covers not only state law, but any local laws that are relevant to your situation.
How can you get out of a listing agreement and change realtors, if your current realtor is not living up to their obligations?
Ask them to terminate the agreement. While you may have signed an agreement that locks you in for the entire term, most agents/brokers live in the real world and don’t want unhappy customers. A hostile seller can make life miserable by restricting showing appointments, leaving the place messy, insisting on attending showings, refusing to negotiate on price or terms and much more. Not to mention the bad PR produced by an angry client.I would also caution you to review your reasons for cancelling. Realtors are not magicians and no one, regardless of what they promise at a listing appointment, can make an overpriced or flawed property sell above it’s market value. If they are truly not performing (no sign in the yard? not on the MLS? not even basic marketing?) then you have a problem. If there are no showings or offers, it may be the price and/or property and worth discussing with them.
How do I get out of realtor buyer agreement ?
Here are some valuable tips for a high integrity huyer representation agreement so that those in this position don’t experience it in the future.What is a buyers representation agreement?A Buyer Representation Agreement (BRA) is a legal agreement between a buyer real estate agent and a home buyer. Most importantly, it formalizes the working relationship between a home buyer and a real estate agent. Further, it details what the buyer agent expects in return for their services provided to the home buyer.Why do buying agents and buyers need a BRA?The BRA serves many purposes for both parties. Overall, it develops mutual loyalty and clarifies expectations. Further, it helps to avoid misunderstandings. Most importantly, it establishes a dedicated team of buyer agent with the homebuyer in search of the perfect home.Now let’s move on to the tips.1. Specify a Duration of No More Than 6 MonthsA BRA can be as short as 90 days, or even 30 days. However, the standard duration is six months. This is a detail in a BRA that must be specified. Specifying this detail allows the real estate agent and home buyer to understand the expected duration of the relationship. Further, extend the duration of the contract at any time. In addition, a new contract can be signed if the duration of the previous contract is exhausted.Note, the buyer needs to initial every area on the BRA that lists the expiration date if the agreement is more than six months.2. Specify a Reasonable Geographic AreaYou want to specify a geographic area that the buyer agent has proven expertise and that the buyer is interested in. Don’t specify an area that is too broad. Also, don’t specify an area that is too narrow so that the buyer keeps their options open.Also, this detail of the agreement allows the buyer to work with agents in other areas at the same time. Essentially, it allows the buyer agent to focus on what they do best while empowering the buyer to hone in on the buyer agents with strengths in specific areas.3. Clearly List the Commission RateExpectations should be aligned and understood. Therefore, it is important that the home buyer understands what is expected of them and that the buyer agent understands what is expected of them. With that said, buyer agents typically work on commission for their services. Industry standards are three to six percent commission of the sale price of the home. Often there is a split with the selling agent. A split results result in a three percent commission versus a six percent commission rate. Also, clearly state where the commission funds come from. For more details on realtor and real estate agent spilts and commissions please review the following resources.This article was published by Investorpedia. It provides great tips for selecting a buyer agent if you’re buying a home and selecting a seller agent if you’re selling a home.How Real Estate Agent and Broker Fees WorkThis article was published by Redfin, a real estate brokerage firm.Home Selling Guide Commission Fees Explained4. Specify a Price RangeSpecifying a price range provides the buyer agent and the home buyer a clear range about what houses to shop for. In addition, this allows the real estate agent to perform their job better. This is because the agent has a clear and agreed upon understanding of what the home buyer is looking for. Further, in the event that the buyer’s price range changes the buyer representation agreement can be modified. Also, this gives the homebuyer the flexibility to work with more than one buyer agent at the same time by specifying different price ranges in the BRA’s with each respective buyer agent.5. Holdover ClauseA holdover clause specifies the time period from when the BRA ends until when the buyer agent is no longer entitled to their commission. What does this mean? This means that even after the buyer representation agreement expires the buyer agent is entitled to their commission. More specifically, the buyer agent gets their commission if a home buyer buys a home that their buyer agent showed them after the expiration of the BRA, but within the duration specified in the holdover clause. This is an important clause that protects the buyer agent from working for free. Most importantly, it establishes a documented understanding of integrity in the relationship between the two parties.Final NotesA buyers representation agreement is signed between a real estate broker and a home buyer. It is not signed between a real estate agent and a home buyer. A real estate broker carriers a higher level license than a real estate agent. Brokers employ real estate agents. To be a real estate broker comes with more responsibility. Therefore, before signing a buyer representation agreement a home buyer should evaluate both the real estate brokerage firm and the real estate agent.For more information about this topic please review the following article:5 Tips for a High Integrity Buyer Representation Agreement
Where is the best area to invest in and rent out a townhome/condo in Florida?
Daytona, Fort Myers and Jacksonville.
If I want to retire in Florida in 20 years and live in a modest condo, should I buy and rent it out now, or buy when I am ready to retire?
The question still applies, but you will not be living in Florida. It will not exist as we know it. Florida is disappearing by inches and feet every day. Miami and Miami Beach flood every day. Miami and Miami Beach will be among the first two cities lost to rising water, climate change, global warming.The new East Coast and West Coast are being established now. You need to be thinking inland such as at least Georgia. Just go around the country, via a map, or computer, and remove one state from along all of our coastlines. That will be the new United States — if we remain united.Either way it is going to cost you some money. You can buy and rent it out now, but it is going to cost you money to upgrade, renovate, remodel, facelift — all those “Architectural Digest” words. The building, etc. may not be standing in 20 years. Life is pretty much anything can happen on any given day. It is live theatre. I put all new stuff in a house just two years ago and it already feels old and passe. That is how fast design, style, trends, sourcing, etc. change. It is like driving the new car off the lot. It is already used and old and second hand.Keep an eye on the market. A lot will happen in 20 years. Save your money and a lot of it. Even now a one bath studio costs $146,000. When you get close, maybe a year or two out then really study hard and research your market, what you want in a home, all the usual questions: who, what, ,when, why, where and how. Your interests and health and passions, and perspectives will themselves change over 20 years. Mine have changed over the last 2 to 5 years. Some of this is just human nature. Some is ageing. Some is health. A lot is out of your control. You and millions cannot hold back rising waters.
What happens if my landlord did not send me a renewal lease to sign like they usually do? Can I get my first, last & security deposits back now that there's no more lease agreement, or do I get it when I am ready to move out(I live in Florida)?
There may be local law which dictates what happens but normally once a lease has ended and neither party has made a change the term of the rental continues on a month to month basis. You need to read your lease agreement as the original lease may have automatically extended for another lease period (probably one year). As you are continuing to rent, you would not get deposits back until (typically) after up to one month after you have vacated, having fulfilled your rental period after given your required notice.