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 Our Clients Frequently Ask Questions

1. What is the difference between "Living Area", "Adjusted Area", "Total Area", and "Building Area" ?

Example of a Single Family floor plan
The picture below shows the difference between "Living Area" and "Total Area". "Building Area" is the same as "Total Area".

The "Adjusted Area" is the sum of the existing areas usually prorated as below:

100% of Base Living Area (Air Conditioned Space)
33% of Carport Area – No Walls
50% of Garage
33% of Covered Patios or Porches
25% of Roof Overhang Area Greater than 3 Feet with No Concrete Walkway
33% of Roof Overhang Area Greater than 3 feet with Concrete Walkway
50% of Utility Room
66% of Florida Room or Additions Added after Original Construction
80% of Second story in a 2 Story House

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3. MVVBP: What is this?

M as Mission

V as Vision

V as Values

B as Beliefs

P as Perspective

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4. Chinese Drywall

Chinese drywall began arriving in the United States in 2001 and was imported in larger quantities after the 2004 - 2005 hurricane repairs and continued in quantity until 2007. Chinese drywall continued to be imported and used in home construction throughout the US. Feb 2009, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida requested a ban on the defective drywall, and a bill urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall Chinese-made drywall and temporarily ban its import. It was only in Nov of 2009 that the CPSC issued its report about Chinese drywall. Chinese drywall was installed in an unknown number of new construction projects throughout the US. I have seen numbers like 100,000 homes built with and half a billion pounds of drywall imported after 2006.

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5. Type of "Deeds"

- Quitclaim Deedmakes no assurance that the grantor actually has an ownership interest in a property; it merely states that if the grantor does, he/she releases those ownership rights.
- Special Warranty Deedwarrants the title only against the grantor's own omissions and/or defects, and warrants nothing pertaining to the title prior to his or her possession.
- General Warranty Deed (Warranty Deed): states that the owner can legally transfer the property and that no other entity has a claim or lien on it.

6. What do differ between an FHA process and a Conventional one?

Home buyers and homeowners are often surprised to find that FHA appraisal guidelines include detailed instructions for inspecting the property. This is different from a standard appraisal, where the appraiser mainly wants to know what the house is worth. When a Federal Housing Administration home loan is being used, the appraiser basically has to perform double duty.

Here are the primary differences:

Conventional: In a typical real estate transaction, where a conventional (non-government-insured) home loan is being used, the appraiser is mostly concerned with the current market value of the property in question. That is his primary objective when visiting the house. He is only concerned with the condition of the property as it relates to the value.

FHA: When an FHA loan is being used, the appraiser has two objectives. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires him to determine the current market value, as with any appraisal. But they also require a property inspection to make sure the home meets HUD's minimum standards for health and safety. This is the "double duty" mentioned earlier. It's what makes the FHA appraisal process unique.

So the primary difference between FHA and regular appraisals is the level of inspection that is required by HUD. If the HUD-approved appraiser flags certain issues -- such as peeling paint, loose handrails, or other safety issues -- those issues must be corrected before the loan will be funded. In other words, the transaction will be put on "hold" until the discrepancies are resolved. That is not the case with a regular appraisal used for a conventional home loan.

Read more: FHA
 Hand Book

7. What is the appraisal FHA checklist?

You can download this checklist.

: This list is by-no-means a formal checklist followed by FHA inspectors. This list is for reference only and does not guarantee compliance with FHA Minimum Property Requirements

8. What is the Owner Title Insurance?

Owner’s Title Insurance is purchased for a one-time nominal fee at closing and lasts for as long as the buyer or buyers’ heirs have an interest in the property.  Only an Owner's Policy fully protects the buyer should a covered title problem arise with the title that was either hidden, not disclosed, or not found during the title search.  Possible hidden title problems can include: 
·         Errors or omissions in deeds
·         Mistakes in examining records
·         Fraud &


·         Conflicting wills
·         Undisclosed heirs
An Owner's Policy provides assurance that your clients’ title company will stand behind them - monetarily and with legal defense, if needed — if a covered title problem arises after they purchase their home.