If you are not set up to immediately receive notification of new listings that match your specific needs and be ready with documentation that you have the ability to pay for the property either with a loan approval or proof of funds you will miss out on the best opportunities in today's market. In your last question I explained why foreclosures and short sales are not necessarily you rest opportunities and you must be prepared to act quickly with a strong offer based on a complete understanding of that hat property might sell for.
Here is a real life example of what to expect in today's market. A week or so ago one of my clients called me about 8:00 on a Sunday evening about a new listing I had forwarded them about an hour earlier right when it hit the market. The home was listed at $599,000 and in a neighborhood we had targeted. There was no doubt it was well priced and met the needs of their family. I immediately called and scheduled an appointment for 9:00 the next morning and we had an offer to them by 10:30 for $615,773. As it turned out they had 6 offers by 1:00 and asked for our highest and best offer by 6:00 that evening. I thought the offer we had was solid and my client decided to have that be their best shot. As it turned out it sold a bit above our price but that is how it goes. You have to get back on that horse and be ready to ride again.
Again, inventory levels, especially in your price range, are very very low and it will take a well thought out game plan for you to find success in today's market. You may need to open yourself up to a wider geographic area and have plenty of flex in your requirements. Any well priced new listing will sell in days, if not hours, so you must have your pre-qualification letter or proof of funds ready to go and be ready to act lightning fast when new opportunities arise.
A very clear description of your specific requirements is the best place to start your property search and if I can be of service to you and your family I would appreciate the opportunity to be one of the agents you may choose to interview. We are experts in finding our clients that "needle in the haystack" and would love to help you find yours.
Best of luck and if I can offer anything additional please let me know.
Always at Your Service,
Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"
Keller Williams Realty
You're expectations are not unrealistic at all. Often times properties are put on the MLS and sent automatically to home buyers through email notifications and because Boca Raton is such a sought after city these listings are snatched up immediately. I suggest you do not lose hope and keep searching. I'd be more than happy to help you with your search and use my tools to find you your perfect home. Please contact me any time.
Galt Ocean Realty
Properties can get offers before they are listed, it takes days to weeks to get signatures to list and an agent could show it to a buyer before it is listed. It won't happen often though.
Only you can decide how you feel, if you are not getting the service that satisfies your expectations, look somewhere else.
Email us with your email address and criteria of the home you are looking for (price range, location, # bedrooms, etc).
We look forward to helping you with your home search!
Warren & Susan Tessler
Broker Associate / Realtor
A & B Realty, Inc.
However, homes for sale in Boca Raton or for rent, may go to contract immediately because the listing agent may have customers waiting for those properties. If that happens to be the case, then even if you receive the listing via an automatic notification system, it is possible that it may already have gone under contract the moment it hit the mls.
As for those Boca home listings that remain on the market, you are likely to find, at least for the moment, that you are in a constant race to arrive first with the highest and best offer.
Marc Jablon, the Jablon Team
Re/Max Complete Solutions
If it is a rental property you're looking for, I can refer you to Realtors who specialize in particular areas. Feel free to drop me a line with the particulars and although I won't be handling it since I concentrate on sales of luxury properties, I will give you some names and contact information for Realtors who should be able to find you properties quickly and effectively.
Good luck in your search....
Douglas Elliman Real Estate
444 E. Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, Fl 33432
Properly priced/maintained rentals in Boca are often on and off the market in days (some time hours).
Unfortunately demand outstrips supply in Boca and will remain tight until the new inventory being built in Mizner Park and elsewhere becomes available 2014.
There are things you can do to get the edge and others have given you some sound advice.