Tampa Area has Fifth Highest Foreclosure Rate

Johnson, Auvil, Brock & Pratico, P.A. has seen a jump in new foreclosure clients over the last 30 days and this appears consistent with new reports reflecting a 111 percent increase in foreclosure activity in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area in a year-over-year comparison. The three-city metro area had a reported 4,446 foreclosures in the month of May 2012, as noted in the Tampa Bay Business Journal on Thursday, June 14.

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Time to End Distracted Driving.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of auto accidents today. It involves driving while engaged in other activities like texting, calling, writing things down, eating fast food or even applying makeup. According to research from David Strayer at the University of Utah, activities like talking on a cell phone quadruple your risk of an accident which means that talking on a cell phone while driving is almost as risky as driving drunk.

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Preying on panic: Homeowners in fear of losing their homes are falling victim to foreclosure rescue scams

Foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams work like this: You answer an ad from a company promising to modify your delinquent loan and save your home, but only if you transfer over the deed to your house. Seems sketchy at best, so why are homeowners falling for it?

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How is Facebook changing the legal landscape?

It’s easy to invade someone’s personal space through social media accounts if you have password access and come away with information that would be hard to gather otherwise.

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Are you current with Florida’s new durable power of attorney law?

Florida’s new Durable Power of Attorney law became effective on October 1, 2011; however, any Durable Power of Attorney properly executed prior to October 1, 2011 will still be valid. That being said, Florida residents may want to consider updating this legal instrument, to take advantage of the additional protections provided by the new law.

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Do homeowners owe taxes on forgiven mortgage debt?

In answer to the mounting housing crisis, The Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 allows taxpayers to exclude income from the discharge of debt on their principal residence through December 31, 2012. The program has been successful enough to lead many inside the industry to believe it will be extended through 2013, but lawmakers have not yet extended the Act past the end of this year.

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Auto PIP Law – Change is coming, and it is not looking out for you.

Driving a car in Florida is not a right but a privilege, and that privilege costs money: money to buy the gas that seems to keep rising, money to pay the tolls on roads that keeps increasing and money to buy insurance that keeps changing.

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The End of The Housing Crisis is Near, According to Capital Economics.

According to the analytics firm Capital Economics, that is indeed light at the end of the housing crisis tunnel that has darkened our economy since 2007.
One of the reasons for the brightened outlook lies in loosening credit.

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Nowhere to go but up?

Land is in short supply in Pinellas, which has been mostly built out for nearly a decade. Hillsborough is feeling the positive effects of two Super Bowls and healthy residential and commercial growth before the housing market downturn, making land there scarce as well. For companies looking to expand or relocate to Tampa Bay, the best solution lies to the north in Pasco County.

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Introducing The New DadeCityLaw.com

With a new firm name, a new logo, and some new faces at Johnson, Auvil, Brock & Pratico, it was only fitting that a new website followed.

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