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Like It Real…, Real Estate Pro in Brandon, FL
A few minutes ago
Like It Realty answered:
I am a real estate agent in Florida and I believe in giving customers options. In this age of DIY, there are some sellers that are comfortable with selling their home themselves and would just like the marketing exposure that the MLS provides (and its major syndicated real estate websites).

Some sellers that require more assistance and/or don't have the time to handle the process of selling a home can opt to utilize a full retail listing, which of course we're happy to provide, and others may opt to utilize our Flat Fee Listing service. Our Flat Fee listing service (FlatFeeSells.com) is very easy and straightforward and we charge $97 for a seller to list with us.

We have a seller that listed their $4,750,000 (not a typo :) with our Flat Fee listing service, so this seller clearly trusts our service and is comfortable selling his property while saving $120,000 in real estate commissions.

Sellers can save thousands of dollars (our sellers on average save approximately $8k) in real estate commissions. Some save even more when their buyer isn't represented by an agent because we forward all those leads directly to the sellers and don't keep them for ourselves. We also are NOT a middle man and list your property ourselves, so you'll always know who your Broker is. This is not always the case with companies that are not licensed and solicit you for business and then sell your information to a local Broker to actually list in the MLS.

I always go over the options of each and let the seller decide what is best for them and their situation. At the end of the day, our business model is assist our sellers and help them save as much of their equity as possible.
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Karen Peyton, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, AZ
A few minutes ago
Karen Peyton answered:
What you do is contact a local agent for a professional opinion of value in the condo's present condition. Agents understand every repair has an associated price tag, but often what we see is much less of a problem than what a homeowner sees. Sometimes a broken light fixture only needs a light bulb, and a "running" toilet only needs a stopper. The cost of both examples is less than $20 instead of hundreds.

Use the Find an Agent tool at the top and call a few agents! Sell if you can and get a fresh start!

Best of luck!
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Karen Peyton, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, AZ
A few hours ago
Karen Peyton answered:
Some owners of foreclosures have no personal history in/with the property and therefore no knowledge or basis for disclosure. Others choose not to investigate and accomplish the same. As always "caveat emptor" - let the buyer beware - with or without disclosures.

For an experienced agent, the path is easy to navigate. Good luck!
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Karen Peyton, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, AZ
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Karen Peyton, Real Estate Pro in Chandler, AZ
A few hours ago
Karen Peyton answered:
You aren't saying which fees you are trying to avoid...You can buy without an attorney - instead using a title and escrow company.
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Scott Mulkey, Home Seller in 30705
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Tanya.khamu, Home Buyer in Macomb, MI
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Dolores, Home Buyer in Denver, CO
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Dolores answered:
Hi I am looking to invest as well. So far someone has outbid me on a house that was 189,000.00. Nevertheless, I am learning that there are a lot of foundation issues in homes that I have visited. One realtor told me that land in Houston shifts causing homes to have foundation problems. Are there any suggestions on how to avoid homes like these? ... more
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Undeadkeano, Home Buyer in Las Vegas, NV
A few hours ago
Undeadkeano asked:
Anything helps, even if it's a single question, I just really need help and I don't know where else to turn to.

Are portable corrals considered real property?

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Paul Carraro, Real Estate Pro in Longwood, FL
A few hours 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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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 hours 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 hours 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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