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Paul Carraro, Real Estate Pro in Longwood, FL
A few minutes ago
Paul Carraro answered:
Hello Johane. A top local agent who works in the Cape Coral and Fort Myers markets or in Collier County and Naples can assist you as well as help you sort through much information online. Top agents also are familiar with first-time buyer programs and, if for a brand new home, also with participating builders. Having lived in Florida myself, I can share also that a top local agent can make a world of difference in your search for your new home. Our real estate agency specializes in helping clients connect with top agents in any market, including in Florida, and there is no charge for our service. Go to my website http://www.parkplaceconnects.com/pcarraro for more details, and please let me know for any questions. ... more
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Unspecified, Renter in
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Unspecified answered:
I purchased a DR Horton condo in Kailua, Hawaii (Ka Malanai). I have found the build quality to be mediocre and the materials cheap. I can hear my neighbors conversations through the walls and the people below can hear me walk bear foot. Numerous home owners have reported mold issues yet DR Horton is blaming it on the owners. Already having issues with the appliances, luckily they are covered by warranty... but this could have been avoided had they not opted to go with low end appliances. I would recommend not buying a DR Horton home due to the build quality... at least for the prices they are asking. ... more
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regina, Renter in 11428
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regina answered:
hi i want to know if the house is for rent at 11120 208th street
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Stephen, Home Buyer in Whitney, TX
A few minutes ago
Stephen answered:
I am a retired builder, master plumber, HVAC contractor, ele contractor and asbestos abatement contractor.
I was at one time the youngest builder in the entire state of Texas.

What no one ever tells you is that the cost of building a home is far less than what you are told.

I began building homes in the 70's with my actual cost being @ $20 per square foot for a 2000 square foot home. Mine sold for @ $67k to $75k at that time and I sold cheap because I was new.

After several years into it I was building homes still at the the same general cost but selling them for @ $90 to $110K.

When today's builders tell you what it costs they add in their weekly/monthly income; overhead, golf, vacations and etc. This is not disputable.

What costs a person $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ on a new home is their idiocy in terms of emotional buying and wanting all those extras when in fact they are not needed.

In 2017 a person could build a 2000 square foot home for @ $90k. Possibly as high as $110K. However this home would be worth between $200k and 225K depending on the market.

Builders, all builders today are cookie cutter builders, they have an entire subdivision to build out and make more money on the lots than they do on the actual sale of the home.
A 10 acre tract of land for $10k per acre costs them $100k to $150k. They will get at least 4 homes per acre and will charge as much as $25 to $75k per lot and will require most of the time that you have them build the home.

So their 10 acre investment of $150k, heck lets say $500k including utilities and roads will bring in @ $1,000,000.00 to $3,000,000.00. They have just made between $500k to 2.5 million dollars just on the land and in Dallas Texas the 2.5 million is closer to the norm than the $500k out in the country would be. In fact in Dallas it could be $5,000,000.00.

I still build from time to time and even today I build (not including land/utilities) for @ $35 per square foot which is really my cost with nothing added in for me.

So if you built a 1500 square foot home it would run me @ $52K to build the actual home plus utility costs that could range from $5000 to $15000.00 (septic required) and your land costs which could be as little as $3000 to $10000 (out in the country) for a grand total of $69k to $80k and have a home worth as much as $150k.

Pretty good investment I do believe.

Don't listen to builders, they are in it for the money only and have no reason to tell you the truth like I have as a retired builder and contractor.

I'm not disrespecting the today 'builder'. I'm just telling you the truth.

The only exception to this is than some builders have money and no building sense, no trade knowledge, no hands on experience so they contract everything out, pay the bill with out thinking and just hope to pass it on to the buyer. Really sad.

CYa
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Mehrdadzarra…, Home Buyer in Tulsa, OK
A few minutes ago
Mehrdadzarrabi7220 answered:
stay away from this builder. poor quality materials and workmanship. i have owned the home for 4 years and nothing but headache.
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May211994, Home Owner in Lafayette, IN
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Robert Zucker, Real Estate Pro in Roanoke Rapids, NC
A few hours ago
Robert Zucker asked:
I was listing agent for this property and sold it last year. Robert Zucker, Wilkie Real Estate, Roanoke Rapids NC 27870
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Rich Reed, Real Estate Pro in Arcadia, CA
A few hours ago
Rich Reed answered:
Hi, Linda. An excellent question to ask your broker. I doesn't appear that the property is listed with a Realtor, so you will have to contact the owner (bank) directly. Best of luck to you! ... more
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mary fields, Home Buyer in Norwalk, CT
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Peter Marsele, Real Estate Pro in West Hartford, CT
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Peter Marsele answered:
There are better markets than detriot in the us for rental properties. Email Madisoncm11@gmail.com to discuss further. Thanks. Pete
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Rich Reed, Real Estate Pro in Arcadia, CA
A few hours ago
Rich Reed answered:
Hi, Astrid. Contact a local Realtor. We serve the San Gabriel Valley. Your Realtor can contact the owner and negotiate a purchase.
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Mike Lewis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
A few hours ago
Mike Lewis answered:
As stated many times over by countless agents..... you get what you pay for. If you want an agent working hard to actively market and sell your home for top dollar then they will want to get paid to do it. Make sure you find a local expert wherever you're selling your property and interview several agents. Flat fee means discount and discount means many times that your agent doesn't get paid at the going rate so you get less service for your dollar. Less service means less marketing and negotiations sills which in the end run can be less money that your home sells for.
At the end of the day choose who you like and please report what happens to this post. We would all love to hear.
Mike Lewis
619-981-3918
http://www.dawnsellssandiego.com/sell-a-home-in-san-diego/
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Susie Kay, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX
A few hours ago
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you pick up the phone and call a local realtor to assistance.
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Mike Lewis, Real Estate Pro in San Diego, CA
A few hours ago
Mike Lewis answered:
Filippo,
What do you mean that you can't claim it as yours? Where are you looking to claim it at? If you own it then it should be yours in the San Diego County Recorders Office. I'm not sure specifically what you are asking. Please clarify.
Mike Lewis
http://www.dawnsellssandiego.com/
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Susie Kay, Real Estate Pro in Dallas, TX
A few hours ago
Susie Kay answered:
Yes. You may want to consult the attorney at title for details on your transaction.
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Nafizah Abney, Other/Just Looking in Smyrna, GA
A few hours ago
Nafizah Abney answered:
Looking for a private landlord in the Smyrna or Mableton area. I have three children. We are in need of a 2-3 bdrm house. Looking to pay up to $1,100 a month.
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