475.701 Definitions.—As used in this part:
(1) “Broker” has the same meaning as in s. 475.01.
(2) “Brokerage agreement” means a written contract entered into on or after the effective date of this act between an owner of commercial real estate and a broker that obligates the owner to pay a commission to the broker for licensed services provided by the broker relating to the sale or disposition of the commercial real estate as specified in the contract.
(3) “Closing” means the delivery, exchange, and release of documents and funds for the completion of a transaction for the disposition of commercial real estate.
(4) “Closing agent” means the person who receives documents and funds for recording and disbursement in closing a transaction for the disposition of commercial real estate.
(5) “Commercial real estate” means a fee simple interest or other possessory estate in real property, except an interest in real property that is:
(a) Improved with one single-family residential unit or one multifamily structure containing one to four residential units;
(b) Unimproved and the maximum permitted development is one to four residential units under any restrictive covenants, zoning regulations, or comprehensive plan applicable to that real property; or
(c) Improved with single-family residential units such as condominiums, townhouses, timeshares, mobile homes, or houses in a subdivision that may be legally sold, leased, or otherwise conveyed on a unit-by-unit basis, regardless of whether these units may be a part of a larger building or parcel containing more than four residential units.
(6) “Commission” means any fee or other compensation that an owner agrees to pay a broker for licensed services as specified in a brokerage agreement.
(7) “Commission notice” means the written notice claiming a commission made by a broker under s. 475.705.
(8) “Days” means calendar days, but if a period would end on a day other than a business day, then the last day of that period shall instead be the next business day.
(9) “Disposition” means a voluntary conveyance or transfer of the title to or other ownership interest in any commercial real estate specified in a brokerage agreement. A disposition does not include a transfer pursuant to a foreclosure sale and does not include a lease.
(10) “Disputed reserved proceeds” means the portion of the owner’s net proceeds reserved by a closing agent under s. 475.709 that the owner disputes the broker’s right to receive under s. 475.709(5).
(11) “Owner” means a person that is vested with fee simple title or a possessory estate in commercial real estate.
(12) “Owner’s net proceeds” means the gross sales proceeds that the owner is entitled to receive from the disposition of any commercial real estate specified in a brokerage agreement, less all of the following:
(a) The amount of money secured by any encumbrance, claim, or lien that has priority over the recorded commission notice as provided in s. 475.715.
(b) Any costs incurred by the owner to close the disposition, including, but not limited to, real estate transfer tax, title insurance premiums, ad valorem taxes and assessments, and escrow fees payable by the owner pursuant to an agreement with the buyer.
(13) “Real property” means one or more parcels or tracts of land located in this state, including any appurtenances and improvements.
History.—s. 1, ch. 2005-275; s. 9, ch. 2006-210.