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Home Buying in Bonita Springs : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Aug 10, 2017
Mail4mhood answered:
Centex was purchased by Pulte. Do NOT by Pulte
I purchased a quick delivery home- the 1st home sold in a new neighborhood. It was non stop delays. They pitched the home as a 'move in June 2016'. And the home was completed by then but... The gas lines werent even in the neighborhood until September of 2016. Inspections also needed to be completed by the township. All of their homes quick delivery homes sat empty until the very end of September-November ...After the start of the school year.

We had constant delays due to poor or no planning. They persuaded me to use their finance company & promised they would complete contracts to be eligible as a PA home lender. (Pa offers incentives) By the end of September they still were not an eligible PA lender. I dropped the incentive so I could move in. I moved in, but it is a real construction zone. They had contractors building from 7 am to 9pm or so at night, 7 days a week and holidays. The trash was all over our lawn; food wrappers and construction trash. The sewer drains are full, dead frogs are floating in it. The sales people allowed potential buyers to tour model homes independently, so I've had strangers walk in our home, try a door handle and look in our windows.

On to quality or the lack there of... When I have brought up issues up with the home, they tell me they only fix it once so we need to wait until our 11th month. The support beam for the deck has cracks in it. After my insistence he replaced one of them. He said they always have cracks and aren't needed. Funny the model home doesn't have them. My basement floor has a crack coming from the sump pump. They refuse to fix it because it isn't wide enough. Its 2 feet long. The garage floor has a 9 x 4 inch divot in it, they said it can't be fixed because the cement won't adhere to a new cement filling. The wall in the family room protrudes in the middle. I'm told it's 'probably just cosmetic'. The floors all creak upstairs. The floor at the master entrance has a 2 inch gap in the floor board that you can feel thru the carpet when you walk. The tile in the bath is starting to pop because the wall in the bath is not even. The grout in the showers had cracks by the 3rd month in the home because 'the contractor used a product that shouldn't really be used for showers'. Pulte won't fix it.
What isn't delayed or dismissed... the HOA fee! They collected 11 months upfront at closing. What isn't opened? The pool! They are actually saying they are opening it on August 19th- 9 days before school starts and 2 weeks before end of summer! PA is in the northeast- pools close on Labor Day. Schools reopen the week before Labor Day. What a joke! What a waste of water. I guess Pulte doesn't care about the environment. When I spoke with the HOA board which is made up of 3 Pulte employees, I'm told the date wasn't in writing. Funny, I have emails from May giving delay dates in June, July and August, not to mention the sales people said in 2016 it would be open next Memorial Day. But hey, that $167 monthly HOA fee paid for the 1 snow fall we had. $2004 for snow removal of 5 inches of snow, 4 days after a the snow fall.

Pulte is late, poor quality, full of excuses and empty promises! Build elsewhere!
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Wed Jun 14, 2017
David Rumbold answered:
Hello Please see our website out at We are buyer brokers and buyer agents serving Southwest Florida. Our site will explain exactly what we do for you the client. My company has been doing business for 23 years here in Florida. ... more
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Wed Jan 18, 2017
Bjohnston530 answered:
No. Worst community in Lee county. HOA is a joke. You will get fined for everything you do. The president ronald hicks is a joke. Miriam the office manager is so far up his rear end. If you dont believe me. Read google and apartment rating reviews. ... more
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Sat Oct 8, 2016
Mr Robert J Thomson asked:
Mon Feb 8, 2016
Jacir Real Estate answered:

We'd be happy to help you. Send me an email with your contact information and what are you looking for and we'll send you some listings.

Here is our contact Information:

Jacir Real Estate
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Thu Jan 14, 2016
Rolf Anthony answered:
Average is between $250 and $300 a square foot. If it is a fixer up, could be as low as $175, and for luxury properties, up to $700.
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Mon Oct 26, 2015
Rolf Anthony answered:
There is 4 apartment units and 4 single-family homes for sale in Vanderbilt Lakes. Will you like more information?

Rolf Anthony
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Thu Jul 16, 2015
Ruth and Perry Mistry answered:
A condo or a town home with have a HOA fee.`
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Mon Apr 13, 2015
Lynn Charlas White answered:
I'm not sure if you are interested in Buying or Renting, but Lennar Homes offers a "Next Gen" home that is designed for multi-generational family, living under one roof. (Separate entrance as you mention)

If I can be of further assistance, please contact me -
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Tue Mar 3, 2015
Annette Lawrence answered:
Under the BROWSE pull down at the top of this screen you will see Find An Agent.

Enter Bonita Springs and CALL the agent that appeals to you.

Present your mother/daughter question to the agent and they can advise you regarding the current market and the potential of your requirements being met.

Using the 'contact' link or a Q & A session is not the most reliable way to get specific real estate guidance.
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Mon Feb 2, 2015
Jim Neal answered:
Hi Tammy,

They typically pay 3% for a Buyers agent in a new development. Some pay 4-5% its according to the builder. If you are interested in new construction give me a call. I have a great program for buyers of new homes. We offer piece of mind that the house is watched during the build process.

Jim Neal
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Mon Jul 21, 2014
Lloyd Heimowitz answered:
Hi I can defiantly help you find a house in your price range that will allow the commercial vehicle, I'll work with you 100% to make sure I find something in the area you really want to live please contact me let's get the process started.

Lloyd Heimowitz
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Tue May 20, 2014
Rich Homer answered:
Hi Judy,

Wondering how your home search is going. Naples has more options compared with Bonita Springs, if your open to that. Call us toll-free if we can help at 855-627-5376 or visit our "Recently Reduced" properties page ... more
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Thu May 8, 2014
Linda Parent x1110 answered:
Fine, time to dump Trulia and switch to Weichert. Good bye Trulia.
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Thu Apr 24, 2014
Josh Burdine answered:
Its always nice to hear younger people coming to the area! When you say "park model" I'd first like to clarify that you mean a mobile home..? It is a little selective in this arena for your age but there may also be some other options that aren't necessarily mobile homes that may fit your budget. Either way I would also be happy to assist you if you haven't already begun working with a REALTOR.

Josh Burdine
Office 239-362-3173 x 115
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Thu Apr 10, 2014
Jim Barbour answered:
For buyers at the marginal end in today's housing market, I suggest going over your desires and requirements with a fine tooth comb. Compromise is the name of the game, even for buyers in the mid-range of the market. Perhaps you want three bedrooms, but really only need two, and having a third bedroom for occasional guests ups the price significantly. You need to separate your requirements into "must-have" and "would be nice to have". Perhaps you have children and want a specific school district-that would be a must-have, on the other hand, high-end cabinets and countertops can always be added later-that's a would be nice to have feature.
I work with many first-time buyers and those shopping for the most affordable homes. In most all situations, paring down your requirements greatly increases your chances for finding a home that will fit your budget.
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