Koontz & Associates Blog: Real Estate

Documentary Stamp Tax Considerations

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Jo Ann Koontz and Jackie Durham talk documentary stamp tax. What are doc stamps? Why do they exist in Florida? Can they be avoided? Learning about documentary stamp tax will help you prepare for your next real estate transaction. Don't be caught off guard and don't don't try to run. Instead, be informed and prepared to include them in your closing costs.

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Financing Contingency vs. Appraisal Contingency

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Article By:  Joel Maxson | Florida Realtors | Original publication: July, 1 2020

When buyers negotiate a contract that includes both a financing contingency and appraisal contingency, they sometimes have trouble understanding where one ends and the other begins. This is understandable, since a contract with both contingencies contains substantial overlap.

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Creating Contracts? You Must Literally Cross T’s and Dot I’s

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Article By:  Meredith Caruso | Florida Realtors | Originally published May 28, 2020

The goal in a transaction is to proceed smoothly to closing. Speedbumps occasionally arise – but don’t create speedbumps on your own. A smooth process starts with careful attention to the contract, filling in all necessary blanks, and checking all appropriate boxes.

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Tax Deductions For Realtors®

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

All about tax deductions for Realtors. Learn how to pay as little as possible and keeping as much of your money as possible.

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Top Tax and Real Estate Tips and Free Advice!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Running throughout the year, our short, FREE and insightful seminars will empower participants with important, easy to understand, legal and tax knowledge that will promote efficiency, minimize liability and maximize profitability.

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Announcing "Our Open House" Realtor seminars starting April 19th 2018!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Our Open House Realtor Seminars

We are excited to introduce "Our Open House" - a Realtor seminar series, presented by Jo Ann Koontz and Marina Parkin! Running throughout the year, our short yet insightful seminars will empower Realtors with important, easy to understand, legal and tax knowledge that will promote efficiency, minimize liability and maximize profitability.

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The Battle Between The Beaches and The Parks

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Florida is a very popular state to visit. Businessinsider.com ranked the state number 2 in 2014.

If you didn't know, the entire state of Florida is surrounded by beaches. The west coast features white sand beaches and slow rolling waters while the east coast has slightly coarser sand and actual waves. Regarding the water, you won't find the California-esque tubular waves, but you will see people in the water all year around.

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Are You A New Bride?

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Planning for a wedding can prove to be quite the mind-boggling experience. There’s a lot to consider from choosing invitations, locating a venue, picking out flowers and cake designs, finding “the dress,” and figuring out which guests to sit where. The last thing a bride is going to want to contend with is what tax issues she needs to address after ...
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May 1, 2014 Changes to the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Report Act of 2012

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
May 1, 2014 Changes to the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Report Act of 2012 Effective May 1, 2014, certain provisions of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Report Act of 2012 have been repealed. When originally enacted, Biggert-Waters eliminated eligibility for subsidies for buildings newly purchase or newly insured on or after July 6, 2012 and caused major premium ...
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Flood Zone Updates

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Flood Zone Update Realtors should be aware that flood areas are in the process of being updated. Areas not previously considered in flood zones now are. Use the link below to find out the status of flood zone updates by zip code. To find out more, please go to https://www.floodsmart.gov.
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