As a non-agent, let me give you a hint. Of course buyers' agents hate short sales because the agent gets paid the same % no matter what house you buy, so why would the agent want you to buy something that will likely take more paperwork and many months to complete and in fact is probably cheaper than a regular sale i.e. lower commission?
On the other hand, I have bought a number of short sales over the years and these agents aren't lying when they say that short sales can take a LONG time and there are no rules! I have offered listing price more than once and then had the bank refuse to take it because they think the listing agent priced it too low. And their refusal has come months after my offer! Other times I've had my offer accepted immediately but that is the exception, not the rule.
Frequently your short sale purchase will come with all the previous owner's garbage still in it so be prepared for that. One final thing I've noticed is that the banks are not allowing the screaming deals on short sales that they were allowing 3 years ago. They are priced more in line with reality now but still there are some decent deals to be had if you have time to wait.... more
No it is not advisable. Home ownership is way overrated. Of course renting isn't that great either but it beats getting hammered by commissions on a short term ownership deal. You will have a hard time increasing the value of the house enough to cover commissions and other closing costs unless you are a rehab specialist like me.... and it's no piece of cake for me either!... more
I know of this great realtor that can help you out, she has an article that may help you decide what part of town your looking for. https://www.facebook.com/GloriasRealEstateCorner/posts/791474980939881
Her name is Gloria Alfonso #(813)846-1727 I think you can head over to her site and do a property search from there. http://yourtampabayrealestate.com/... more
Nakeeshatate, If you are taking the exam and will be a realtor, then as a self starter you will go to each new home community, preview each model and become familiar with their inventory. It is called area familiarization. As an agent it is your job to know the market, trends and what is selling.
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Visit www.brockrealty-inc.com where you can sign up for a FREE account which allows you to search the MLS in real time and receive morning reports on new listings, current pendings and recent solds.... more
It depends on a lot of factors. Age of home, insulation, how much sunlight your windows are getting, if you have a pool or not, if you have energy saver appliances, age of AC, how much time do you spend at home, if you have a programmable thermostat, etc. The newer a home is, usually the more energy saving features it has. I would estimate a home that was build around 2000-2002 with 3000 heated sqft. and no pool to have an electric bill around $250 during the summer months and less during others.
Water usage very much depends on the size of your lot and how often you water your lawn, the number of people living in your household and not so much of the size of the home. Using reclaimed water for watering lowers your water/sewer bill, but it is not available in every subdivision. For a family of 4, I would estimate a monthly water/sewer bill around $100.
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I live and work in the area. It is a fast growing, very family friendly place. You can find 3 bedroom homes for as low as 160-180K close to the interstate. If you give me some more details, I could send you specific listings in an e-mail.
You can contact me at:
We have a lot of houses for rent that you may be able to buy later - Call me at 813 506 7943. You can also see our inventory of homes for sale t http://www.btgh.com/tampa-florida-investment-properties/ .
We also have about 200 homes for RENT that you may be able to buy later - http://www.flrentsource.com/... more
If you create a relationship with estate & probate attorneys it will be the best way to market to this clientele. You set up a business lunch, discuss how you can assist one another and the heirs, everybody is happy!... more
Your best bet is to contact a realtor or a property management company to do a search for you. Not to may around but a property management company may asked there clients if that is something they might consider.... more
I will swap with you! I live in downtown Delray Beach I walk to the beach (2 blocks) and I am 2 blocks off Atlantic Ave. The Yacht club on the inter coastal is my backyard. I live on the island. I want to move to San Diego where my son (22 yrs old) has been for 4 years. He is now out of the Navy and attending college and working. I raised him alone and he is all I have. I cannot take the heat or humidity anymore (fair skinned, blue eyed, redhead). The humidity wreaks havoc on my long hair within minutes of stepping outside. I am looking for something in San Diego or surrounding areas. .Just me, no pets, no kids. I have been looking for a granny flat or small 1 bedroom. No apt. complexes for me. I have been surviving here for 13 years in this weather and cannot spend another summer here. Not to mention I have no hugged my son in over 2 years!
I currently live in New Tampa and do a lot of business in New Tampa as well. To answer your question the commute during rush hour is about 45 minutes. Both Westchase and New Tampa are great areas to live in. I currently have listings in both New Tampa and Westchase and would be more than happy to show you what I have and what is available out there. Please feel free to contact me anytime directly at 813.428.1907. You can call or text me anytime or if email is easier it is email@example.com