I would contact a Florida Realtor or Broker and see what is considered normal in that market. The Austin home market is very differant from Florida. Austin does not have that many short sales or foreclosures and Florida is a very distressed market from what I have read. I wish you luck on the purchase.
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2. Deposit for short sale? Do you mean escrow/ earnest money ?
3. Each property stands alone based on requirements your buyers agent should be assisting you with all the lender specifications.
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