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Jacksonville’s Economic Boom

Spring is really starting to heat up in North Florida, and the commercial real estate market is no exception. According to Forbes Magazine, Jacksonville is listed as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, ranked 5th overall for 2018. Two of the chief reasons for this economic condition to continue for a…

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Minimize condo association headaches during spring break

For much of the country, spring break means a welcome respite from a long winter and a brief escape to warmer climates. Florida remains a top destination despite the damage wrought by a devastating hurricane season. Nearly three million tourists are expected to flood Florida between March and April. For condo owners and managers, however,…

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FEMA contracting: What construction companies need to know

Almost five months have passed and Floridians are still feeling the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. The hurricane caused nearly $100 billion in damages after ravaging the sunshine state. Homeowners seeking to repair and rebuild will be in the market for contractors to complete the work. Much of the work will be financed by the…

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5S methodology: understanding a Lean Construction basic

Lean Construction has been changing the construction industry over the last two decades. While hard to believe given the technological advances, the productivity of the construction industry has been declining since 1964. New technologies have aided in reducing the cost of designs and construction, but they have not greatly improved the management of the construction…

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Commonly misinterpreted terms in construction contracts

A contract is a legally binding document that all parties should understand before signing, but that is not always the case. When signing a construction contract, contractors and subcontractors alike should make sure they clearly understand all the terms. The big five The five terms listed below are commonly misinterpreted and can be potentially damaging…

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What are force majeure clauses in construction contracts?

With the devastation and havoc from Hurricane Irma still lingering, construction projects faced numerous setbacks during tropical storm season. One way the construction industry has learned to handle unexpected and unplanned events is to incorporate a force majeure clause into contracts. The term is French and loosely translates to “superior force.” Contracts containing a force…

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The top four construction defects you should know about

A house is more than just a structure. For many people, a home is a place to unwind, have fun with family, and make memories. But let’s say that your house is faced with a construction defect– a scenario that is all too familiar to many homeowners. Construction defects can be time-consuming, expensive headaches. What’s…

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Homeowner Associations must take action post hurricane Irma

We are in the midst of tropical storm season. This year has been particularly active. Puerto Rico is without power and drinking water. Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas. Hurricane Irma swept through here in Florida, after growing in strength to category five at one point. Though damage has already occurred, hurricane season technically still has two…

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Small business: should you enter a general partnership?

When you start a small business, there are several ways to structure your company. One of the simplest, and most popular, structures is a general partnership. Legally, you do not even need to file paperwork to create a general partnership. You just need to create a for-profit business, and enter into business with at least…

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HOA: can you prevent disputes with homeowners?

Homeowners Associations (HOA) bring order to a community. They ensure a minimum appearance standard, maintain community spaces and collect dues for community upkeep. Despite their good intentions, homeowners and their HOA regularly fall into contention. Arguments over something as small as a house’s paint color can quickly escalate to expensive litigation costs. What can you…

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