Phil Looking…, Home Buyer in Los Angeles, CA

2/2b Condo/TWH for around $150K in Fort Lauderdale area?

Asked by Phil Looking For Re, Los Angeles, CA Mon May 14, 2012

50 y.o. male, may be leaving Los Angeles soon, and wondering what I can get for $150K (10% down w/financing, 785 FICO). I know $150K won't get me near the beach, what I value most is living in a SAFE area, and secondly, living somewhat close where there are restaurants and coffee places. I don't want to live right near the night life, but I don't want to be in an isolated area either. Any thoughts?

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Great news, there are lots of wonderful condos available in Fort Lauderdale that meet your criteria! Plus, a couple of them are on or near the beach!

Here are a few examples:





There are many more options from which to choose. I can help you narrow down the list and find your perfect new home in Fort Lauderdale at no cost to you.

Chad Gray, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
1 vote Thank Flag Link Tue May 15, 2012
Hi Phil,

Most lenders will require 25% down to buy most condos so you FIRST need to talk with a competent lender if you don't have at least 25% to put down. There may be some programs with only 10% and there are a few "approved" complexes that will allow as low as a 3.5% downpayment with FHA. You can get an immediate answer and the lowest rates and fees here:

Alternatively if you find a Fannie Mae owned condo you can buy that with HomePath financing and put only 5% (even as low as 3% but you pay a higher rate) down.

Hope this helps.

All the best,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 18, 2012
Phil, There are so many options in Fort Lauderdale for that price range, and excellent properties as well. We have a full site for you to search and contact us if you are interested. We recommend our map search to view information on neighborhoods that meet your criteria. Best of luck and we look forward to hearing from you!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 15, 2012
Hello Phil,

please feel free to contact me with all your mortgage needs, if I may be of any service to you.

With a pre-approval in hand you can start your shopping - real estate agents and sellers will take you much more seriously when they see you have your mortgage funding in place.

Best Regards,

Beate Rodriguez
Lic. Loan Originator
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
I got you 3/2 Townhouse- REO Under the market price in Ft.Lauderdale. Please send me your email.
Great townhouse for an amazing price .FRESHLY PAINTED THROUGHOUT .Ready to move in NOW .Beautiful three bedroom with amazing SWIMMING POOL on the backyard. Small community monthly maint fee $65.00, Ideal FHA, This is a corporate REO - Immediate asset manager response! Do not waste time - this one will go fast!!

Decorus Realty
Esther Rabayeva
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Hi Phil. You have many options in Fort Lauderdale. Please send me your email address and I'll send you the listings.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Nicole Marks Mason, Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Hi Phil,

Actually, just north and east of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, one can still find very nice, safe, 2/2s that are close to the beach for $150K and under. I used very basic criteria and pulled for you 3 very nice Condos. Send me your email and you will see them in your inbox right away.

You can also go to my website and set up as many different searches as you like. The listings you get from my website are straight from the multiple listing service which is much more reliable information than the listings you get using third party vendors i.e. Trulia, Zillow, etc. By the way, my work address is in Fort Lauderdale, 33308, and I am very familiar with the surrounding areas in every direction.

If you see condos you like, let me know. I welcome the opportunity to earn your business.

Much success to you and make it a great day!

Nilsa M. Maisonet, PA
3696 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
MLS Property Search:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012

Really you have a lot of choices. Depending on the size, you can find a 1/1 on the ocean for less than $150k. You can also find nice 2/2's in smaller complexes less than 1 mile from the beach. Either of these options would put you in a good neighborhood with plenty of shops and restaurants.

First thing you need to do is arrange for financing. You have a great credit score, not sure if this is your first home or not...FHA financing maybe an option. You also maybe able to get traditional financing, either option will come with PMI (private mortgage insurance) a premimum added to your mortgage payment if putting less than 20% down.

If you're looking for someone with years of experience in the Ft. Lauderdale area, give me a call I'm available 24/7.

Best Regards, Kevin

The Gallagher Group
Atlantic Properties International
3432 N. Ocean Blvd.
Galt Ocean Mile
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

c: 954-319-8575
c: 305-318-8778
o: 954-564-8182
f: 954-449-6447
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Hi Phil,
we can definetly find you the right place where you enjoy Florida for a comfortable price. I have some areas in mind, not to far from the beach. Oakland Park has an area called Oakland Forest. It's very nice and quiet, lot's of lakes, close to everything, and about 20 min drive to the beach.
I would like to talk a little more to you, to get a better idea what else is important to you.
Please, feel free to contact me anytime at 954 663-5018.

Greetings to Los Angeles,
Karin S. Kammerdiener
Coral Shores Realty
Fort Lauderdale
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Hi Phil:
You can find a safe area condo, not too far from the beach for $150k. Actually, every once in a while you can get very close to the beach for that amount. My office is right at the intracoastal waterway just by the ocean and this is my area of expertise. I would be happy to help you with this. Also, there is a website I have that you just enter the address anywhere in the world and you can see everything within walking distance.
I hope to hear from you. Thanks.


Lynne Hale, Broker-Associate, CRS, e-Pro, CIPS
Kylie Jacobs, Realtor
Century 21 Hansen Realty Inc
954-303-0071 (Lynne)
954-588-5088 (Kylie)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
I am working with a foreign national looking for just that

Rick Scrabis

954 232 0300
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Hi Phil: There are several great options for you. The key for you is to find yourself a professional, experienced Realtor that will work for you to find you the perfect property in the right area.

I work with many people who are relocating to South Florida for the first time and very much enjoy helping them find the right place and helping them to get settled. Originally from the UK, I moved to South Florida from Connecticut some 17 years ago. I currently live in Pembroke Pines but work all of Broward County and know Fort Lauderdale and West Broward particularly well.

If you went to Weston, which is about as far west as you can go from the beach, it's about 1/2 hour drive to the beach, so you're never very far. That's the great thing about living down here, vs. central Florida.... because of the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, there's always a breeze. Even in mid summer, our temperatures never get into the 100s, compared with the rest of the country, you'll see that South Florida remains cooler than most places. I would obviously want to hear more about you and your likes and dislikes, but Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Plantation, Davie, Weston and Sunrise are all good options for you. Depending on what you had in mind, you could get closer to the beach too.

Please call or email me and I'd be happy to help and send you some properties to give you an idea of what's out there!

Best regards,

Villa G Realty, Inc.
Tel: 954-816-7996
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Hi Phil,

There are lots of great areas that you could purchase in without being too far from the beach and in a sage area. I would love the opportunity to speak with you further about what you are looking for. I can then send you listings to review so you can get a better idea for yourself.

Please feel free to call or email me day or night. I look forward to speaking with you and helping your find the perfect property to fit your needs.

Kate Stout

Castelli Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Services
3908 N. Ocean Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Phil, you can definitely find a condo in Pompano Beach , just a few miles north of Ft. Lauderdale, in the $150,000 range, right across the street from the beach in a nice area with shopping and restaurants within close walking distance. However, with condominiums, most lenders require at least 20-25% down. I would be happy to assist you finding a new home. If you would like me to send you some listing of condos which meet your needs please contact me.

Linda Stark
Century 21 Hansen Beaches
3351 Galt Ocean Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Fax 888-284-5935
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
Dear Phil,

There are great opportunities not too far from the beach. Give us a call so we may consult with you and find exactly what you're looking for. We're 32 year residents in South Florida and we love helping people find their dream home.

You can reach us at 954-260-5570 or 954-770-6850.


Claudio Petasne, PA
Claudio & Robyn Petasne Real Estate Team
"The Key To Your Real Estate Needs"
954-260-5570 | 954-770-6850
Find Properties:

Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 14, 2012
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