What Exactly is Escrow?

When you call our firm or visit our website you’ll notice we use the phrase “Security Title and Escrow.” That last word can be a point of confusion for those who are new to the real estate market. Whether you’re looking to buy a home for yourself/your family or you’re looking to become a long-term real estate investor, it’s time to become familiar with the concept of escrow. Escrow introduces a third party to your Read More

Documents You Need For A Complete Estate Plan

At Schlegel Livingston, we take pride in sitting down with our clients and making sure their estate plan is fulfilling the goals of the whole family. We take a holistic approach to estate planning and want to provide you with the information you need for a successful and thorough estate plan. During our introductory meetings to discuss these plans, we often get asked what documents will be necessary. Ultimately, Read More

Preparing for the Real Estate Closing Process

Real estate purchases can be a long, grueling process for both sides. There are many financial, legal, and other hoops to jump through to get to the closing process. If you’ve made it this far, congratulations on nearing the completion of your purchase – but there’s still some work to do. The closing process can often just be crossing some t’s and dotting some i’s as you and the seller complete necessary Read More

What Happens if You Die Without an Estate Plan?

Over half of Americans don’t have an estate plan, which raises an important question: What happens if you die without one? The answer is heavily dependent on your personal circumstances – but it’s important that you have a clear understanding of what may happen to your assets if you die without an estate plan in place. The probate court administers estates in Florida when a person dies without a will or other Read More

Why Late Summer/Early Fall is Often the Best Time To Buy a Home

We’re just a few weeks into the summer, and the housing market is likely to be as hot as the weather over the next couple of months. During the early summer, demand is often sky-high with families out of school and time off to make a move for many families. This often leads to more sellers listing their homes to take advantage of the higher demand and negotiating power. So, what happens when it all slows down? We Read More

How Cryptocurrency Impacts Your Estate Plan

Cryptocurrency is a relatively new phenomenon, even if Bitcoin and other popular forms have actually been around for nearly 15 years now. The practice is catching on for a lot of investors, and some view it as a great investment to make and pass on to heirs and other loved ones. When planning your estate, crypto holdings can create a slightly more tricky plan as you’ll need to consider several options in passing Read More

How Your Credit Impacts Buying a House

Buying a home can be one of the most fulfilling journeys for anyone, whether you’re doing so as an individual or with your family. It’s a major moment in your life to pick out the house you’re going to spend most of your time over the next several years. However, the journey can also be a challenging one with plenty of roadblocks in the way of your future home. We aren’t financial advisors, but we constantly work Read More

3 Things Often Forgotten in an Estate Plan

The perfect estate plan protects your hard work and your family from headaches after you’re gone. We cherish the opportunity to help clients sort through their estate and come up with a plan that’s thorough and makes sure everyone is considered at the end of the day. But, a lot of plans aren’t comprehensive and miss out on some key details that are necessary to include. Today, we want to mention some of those Read More

Why 2022 is Your Year to Buy a Home in Florida

Look, we get it. We know the Florida real estate market as much as anyone, and we know it’s incredibly hot right now. In fact, Zillow projects the top two real estate markets in the entire country will be in Florida for 2022. We previously went over some tips to help you stand out. Now, let’s look at why 2022 is your year. It’s All About Options The real estate market in Florida doesn’t look like it will be Read More

How To Make Florida Probate Easy On Your Family

Probate in Florida can be a difficult process. When someone dies, everything they leave behind (known as their estate) enters into probate. If that person created an Estate Plan while they were alive, their belongings will be divided according to their wishes. If they died without leaving behind an Estate Plan, it is up to the discretion of a Florida Judge to divide everything up - not their loved ones. In some Read More