Do you have a signed release and cancellation signed by yourself and seller?
If it is an attorney holding the earnest money deposit, they are not governed by the Florida Real Estate Commission, however they do answer to the Florida Bar. Below is the contact info, give them a call and find out the procedure to making a claim on their escrow account. You may want to email the attorney at every address you can find for their firm. Follow up with a letter with receipt confirmation. This starts a time line for your file.
Your real estate agent should be on top of this making these demands as well.
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Center for Professionalism:
Carl J. Zahner
State of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Real Estate
400 West Robinson Street, N801
Orlando, Fl 32801
May I ask who the attorney is we are speaking of?
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Start making calls and if that doesn't help, file a complaint.
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Would you mind telling us the name of the firm in question?
if you do not get anywhere call FREC Florida Real estate Commission and report this person holding escrow
also your agent ,if you have one should be fighting for you. If you are not working with an agent this is another reason as a buyer you should for instead of seller's attorney holding escrow, your agents company would be and you would have your funds back by now
Thanks again for your time!
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I feel that you should have it back by now.
Best of luck,
Debbie Albert, PA
Coldwell Banker Residential
First I would do as Anna suggests and try to get relief via your attorney. This money cannot be touched by this attorney for any other reason except your transaction. It's supposed to be sitting in a very special, separate escrow account. I would also make a call to the Florida Bar Association and ask them for some advice: http://www.floridabar.org/
Let us know what happened, please.
Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL