How Investment Properties Can Harm the Market and Helpful Solutions


By Michael J Posner

One of the effects of the great mortgage foreclosure recession is the large increase in rental properties in communities that were once generally owner-occupied (i.e., primary residences or vacation homes).

As prices plummeted after the foreclosure, investor groups sprung up to buy the now-cheap properties and turn them into rental properties as a long-term investment. One such company is Invitation Homes, founded in 2012, that now owns 80,000 properties in seventeen markets, including a substantial number in South Florida. A Property Appraiser search for IH3-IH6 Property Florida, LP (subsidiaries of Invitation Homes) showed ownership of 1,138 homes in Palm Beach County alone almost all available for rent.

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Want to Live Longer and Make Work Easier? Reach For Meaning in Your Daily Tasks

By I. Jeffrey Pheterson

We all want to live in a better world, though our definitions of what that looks like may differ.

Do you do something every day that is meaningful to you, something that adds purpose or passion to your daily activities? Do you have a driving force behind you that adds fire to your days and gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning?

If so, you may be making yourself more productive at work, and you may even become physically healthier as a result.

Current social science research is revealing data that shows what positive results will occur for those who act in ways that promote meaning or purpose in their lives. Each day brings its challenges, but how we react to them is key. Regardless of the trials we may face, we all have a lot to be thankful for. That’s why gratitude is so important.  

However, according to recent research, a positive attitude is not enough. You must also operate with a purpose in mind. Below are two recent examples of this research: Continue reading

No White Space Required: Save Our Trees and Your Secretaries

secretary-338561_640by Denise J. Bleau, Esquire

Ward Damon has seen a number of legal documents a bit unusual in appearance in court pleadings around Palm Beach County.  After some examination, we noticed an erroneous interpretation by local law firms of a Florida Supreme Court ruling was at fault.

In December, 2014, the Clerk and Comptroller, Palm Beach County issued a global email entitled “New mandates for recording space and space for date and time stamps on documents.”  The content of the email stated: Continue reading

Managing Stress and Balanced Living

balance-110850_640By Eddie Stephens, Esquire

As a busy board certified divorce attorney, I put a lot of effort into managing stress and living a balanced life.  I have been doing this for 18 years and can honestly tell you I live a very happy life.

During those 18 years I have developed many skills for dealing with stress and anxiety.  Here are some of my favorite tips:  Continue reading

Holiday Parties: Mistletoe, Sex Harassment, and Working Under the Influence

By I. Jeffrey Pheterson, Managing Partner

‘Tis the season to be jolly. It’s also the season for office holiday parties which means it’s typically the one time of the year that staff of all ages and all genders gets to mix alcohol in a non-work, fun setting. From an employer’s perspective, this can be a recipe for a myriad of problems.

First, the employer supplying the alcohol faces some concerns. Whether you offer an open bar, or require employees to buy their drinks, the effects on the blood alcohol of your employees are the same. These may involve life safety issues, so they come first. If an employer has a holiday party with alcohol, a seasoned bartender at the bar is well worth the cost involved. From a risk management perspective, drunk driving is the principal evil to be avoided. Continue reading