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Home Buying in Orlando : Real Estate Advice

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A few hours ago
Karen Weathers answered:
Hi Gina,

It's good that you are researching your information early. I work with a lot of 1st time homebuyers who have utilized down payment assistance. Give me a call.
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Earlier today
Lcooney2009 answered:
We did a refi and closed in 2 wks! Awesome experience. They came to our house to sign the closing docs and gave us some money back when we didn't need an appraisal. We are going to be buying a new home soon and I want to see what they have to offer.... but I'm a little concerned with all the bad reviews... but our refi process was awesome ... more
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Mon Sep 18, 2017
Uberwoman91 answered:
Orlando is one of the top places for real estate investment. In 2016 rental prices in Orlando has been growing twice as fast as in other cities across the country. Your target audience is young professionals as now they are more active than ever before in Orlando. So 1-2 bedroom flats would be just perfect. You can find the list of best neighborhoods for ROI in Orlando here: ... more
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Wed Sep 13, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Nobody can help you save. The easiest way to save is to find a job making more money or get a 2nd job. Also cut your expenses. In the meantime, rent.
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Tue Sep 12, 2017
Jdediego answered:
Your best bet is to work with a real estate agent who can lead you through the process. If you would like, I am part of a real estate company that can set you up with a top agent in the area you are looking, there is no cost for our service. Go to my website for more details. Let me know if you have any questions. ... more
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Fri Sep 1, 2017
Tbirdcj answered:
Hey I have been in many different homes . I love Ryan homes , I think they are the best builders out there . I live in A apt but would love to be in one built by Ryan. I like to just go look at new homes . Ryan so far has my vote , They are well built ... more
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Wed Aug 30, 2017
Jeff Grant answered:
You may only cancel it in certain circumstances including: Not liking the inspection, not getting loan approval, seller default, failure to obtain title commitment.
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Mon Aug 28, 2017
Mark LeMenager answered:
May well have been my answer you are referring to. It was written in 2009 or 2010 and referred to a production builder who was putting up houses very efficiently at that time. And yes they did tell me they were putting them up in the in the $40 to $50 range. When it comes to custom, I'd be very surprised if you can find a builder to do it for under $100 per sq. ft in 2017. ... more
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Sat Aug 19, 2017
Mark LeMenager answered:
Not sure what your question is. You are on Trulia and there are lots of condo's for sale on here.
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Tue Aug 15, 2017
Au answered:
We are ready to sell our vacation property, it is a 2 bedroom at Sheraton Vistana Villages Orlando 32821. My email if interested.
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Fri Aug 11, 2017
Mark LeMenager answered:
Hi Rocko, I'm the top selling agent for Windsor Hills this year, so I know the place well. If amenities are unimportant, then you don't want a resort because they all come with monthly fees well over $400 to support the amenities. What you want is the area north of Disney - Dr, Phillips, Windermere, and Winter Garden. Definitely upscale and of course, Restaurant Row is in Dr. Phillips. You'll find the dining a lot more upscale than what you get along US 192. A quick check of our local MLS yields over 30 homes under $360,000 with the HOA under $160 a month. Check my references here on Trulia and then contact me directly. Happy to help you out, too. ... more
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Sat Aug 5, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I'm noticing this question from others. The fee is to protect realtors from not getting paid if something goes wrong. It used to be that realtors were paid at closing from the profits of the seller's home. The commission paid by the seller was split between the listing broker and the selling broker. Today with the high costs of working as a realtor, agents who work with buyers are looking for ways to be paid in the event their buyer client fails to buy a home with that agent. This is called the RE Admin Fee.

Example: let's say a buyer looks at several homes with one agent then walks away and starts working with a different agent. That buyer buys a home with agent #2. Well, the first agent doesn't get paid so in the agreement that the buyer signed, there is a clause that states the buyer owes a RE Admin fee which agent #1 can sue for.

Another example: Let's say the seller agreed to pay the listing agent 3% and the buyer agent 2%. Well that buyer agent wants 3%. In order for the sale to move forward, the buyers agent has a clause in the buyer's agreement that states if the commission fee is not enough, the buyer will pay the difference - 1%.
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Thu Jul 27, 2017
Templemk answered:
Florida limits annual property tax increase for full time residents who apply for and get homestead exemption - you have to live in the home from January 1 each year to get that benefit.

Out of state residents who buy winter homes or vacation homes in Florida, have no limit on increasles in property tax increases. That means you and your neighbor could buy similar homes, and over many years would be paying substantially different property taxes.
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Wed Jul 26, 2017
Mark LeMenager answered:
Wed Jul 26, 2017
Mark LeMenager answered:
I'm not a resident, but I have sold in both communities over the years and know them well. The Lake Nona area has a lot of both gated and normal neighborhoods. There are actually a lot more normal than there are gated. I've never seen any evidence that the gated ones are "safer" than the normal ones. ... more
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Wed Jul 26, 2017
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Fri Jul 21, 2017
Nancy answered:
Hi Rdlpaul, I recently heard of a loan called The bridge loan. which supposedly allows a homeowner to buy a new home before selling their current home. Not sure who does them now though, check with your bank. By the way, If you need to find a realtor anywhere in the world, i work with a company that can help you find a top realtor. This service is free. You can go to my website: for more details. Let me know if you have any questions. ... more
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Thu Jul 13, 2017
Malone & Associates Estate answered:
I'm the Sellers agent, we received an offer and we sent a verbal counter offer because the original offer was not even worth writing up a counter offer.

The buyer's agent sends me another counter offer and I rejected if via email with my client's consent.

Now she wants the rejection in writing from my seller.... do I need to send a formal rejection signed by the seller?
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Wed Jul 5, 2017
Nebraskangirl10 answered:
Couldyou please help me I am alone by my self single am 59 I need to moved asap o I need to find a job and a house later for now I need a studio can you give me some idea please I like Orlando I am tired from snow here can you please help me. THANKS a lot!! ... more
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