Category: Sinkhole News for Realtors

March 4, 2011 by Morgan Barfield

One issue that seems to get continually overlooked in this whole debate over Bill 408 is what affect will this new law have on the housing market? We predict a horrible outcome and foreclosure spikes. There are several serious concerns that arise. Bill 408 tries to accomplish two goals: 1) limit, decrease or altogether prevent…

October 19, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

We are very pleased with the enormous response we had recently to our efforts to reach out to realtors, real estate brokers, and others in the real estate field regarding our resources as Sinkholedamageblog.com. In the past week, we have been flooded with inquiries regarding the various issues realtors have to resolve in handling homes…

September 29, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

County commissioners in Hillsborough County recently voted to provide grants for Hillsborough County residents who were affected by sinkhole activity during the winter freeze of this past year. The grants may be worth up to $3,000 per individual homeowner. Though the sinkhole grant program is aimed at the freeze event causing sinkhole activity in Dover…

September 27, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

As Florida’s sinkhole issues continue to become national news, the recently decided to get into the fray. Unfortunately, the article had a very pro-insurance slant and went out of its way to place those fighting for homeowners in a very negative light. The article focuses on public adjusters here in Florida and their role in…

June 16, 2010 by Morgan Barfield

The State of Florida also does not enforce any concrete rules requiring builders to test for sinkhole activity prior to new construction. The best indicators to look for as a purchaser are visible cracks to the home. Take a good look and if none are visible, the concern should be low. You may also want to check the property appraiser’s website to see if any neighboring homes have had confirmed sinkhole claims although this may be a tedious project.