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Sat Jul 22, 2017
Alan May answered:
No. The seller doesn't even have access to the earnest money. It is just held, for you, until the closing, when it's returned to you.
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Thu Jul 20, 2017
Maggipoo73 answered:
Why do some communities have CDD fees and others do not?
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Fri Dec 16, 2016
Neil Roxas answered:

To post your property as for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select “Submit listings for sale.”

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you’re on Zillow’s posting page, please make sure to select “For Sale by Owner” under the address field. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

Detailed instructions on the posting process can be found at the following links:


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Tue Jun 9, 2015
djennifer009 answered:
A detailed ceiling is certainly a selling point for a house, especially if you point it out. If you still have money left in your remodeling budget, then I think it would be smart to turn your attention to the ceilings. There's a lot there that can attract a buyer. ... more
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Wed Mar 11, 2015
Annette Lawrence answered:
Craigslist. Postlets...signs, have access to all of them.
Trulia prefers home for sale be presented by licensed real estate brokers in the area.
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Mon Jun 30, 2014
Adam Silk answered:
If you're looking for them on your own without using a realtor. Zillow would actually be a little more helpful than Trulia. They have an actual open house search
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Fri Nov 8, 2013
John Miller answered:
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Thu Jul 18, 2013
Victoria Gregory & Associates answered:
It will have to be a townhome for $1100.00 per month. Few and far to get a home for rent in Oakleaf for $1100. You can contact me at with your needs and wants and I can find you the right place for your family. ... more
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Thu Jun 6, 2013
J.D. "Dan" & Carol Weisenburger answered:
Actually there are a few problems:

1. Agents try to handle the negotiations themselves and they are not prepared to spend the time it takes so the agent puts off the process and that can prolong it

2. The Buyer made a "Low-Ball" offer

3. The bank has to verify the home's value so they have an another agent do a BPO (Broker Price Opinion), usually as a "Drive-By" The agent doing the BPO usually is "green as grass" and has no idea what they are doing. They use old data without factoring for the age of the data.

4. A second mortgage can cause an extra delay (banks holding second mortgages typically get NOTHING in the event of a foreclosure but some of them are really dumb and they refuse to negotiate in a meaningful manner.

5. The LISTING agent priced it far below current market.

6. The SELLER get frustrated with all of the repeated requests for what seems like the same paperwork over and over.


1. Price at today's Fair Market Value

2. Use a dedicated negotiator

3. Request BPO include an interior and meet the BPO agent at the property with repair estimates from licensed contractors, have properly done CMA to give the BPO agent. The easier you can make that agent's job the better

4. Encourage the SELLER to keep paperwork up to day and always ready to resubmit

J.D."Dan" Weisenburger
I On Real Estate & Investments
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Thu Jun 6, 2013
J.D. "Dan" & Carol Weisenburger answered:
Hi Winning,

Yes, our taxes a typically lower for any price point in Florida. The tax is determined by the Millage rate set by the county the property is in. They only HUGE jump we may see is when someone buys a new house that was just built. Banks are not too bright and they will escrow based on the previous years taxes and if the property was a vacant lot the taxes were very minimal, when the new taxes come due later the property gets reassessed and then the escrow is woefully short. There are ways around this but like I said banks are not to bright

Good Luck

J.D."Dan" Weisenburger
I On Real Estate & Investments
(904) 553-0079
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Tue Aug 21, 2012
Franklin Gerwe answered:
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Tue Feb 22, 2011
Kmbrennan answered:
Feel free to contact me anytime. I highly advise seeking out a mortgage approval, or discovering what may be needed to qualify, well before you plan on making a purchase. Often, most credit deficiancies can be cleared up over a few months if the right steps are taken early.

Thank you,
Keven Brennan
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Sat Dec 4, 2010
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Suzee,

Yes, and I believe they only have to give you 12 hours notice for showings. Be prepared to have Realtors and their clients traipsing through your rental--unless you have a highly unusual rental agreement that would prohibit showings during your occupancy.

You can review your tenant rights here:

If you're planning to continue to rent another property just be VERY CAREFUL because there are many preforeclosure properties that are being rented. You will probably have to show to prospective buyers until the property sells. If a rental seems too good to be true, i.e. price, you absolutely need to verify the status of the landlord to be sure he's paying his mortgage.

Here's the section of the Florida Landlord Tenant law that applies to landlord access:

83.53 Landlord's access to dwelling unit.--

(1) The tenant shall not unreasonably withhold consent to the landlord to enter the dwelling unit from time to time in order to inspect the premises; make necessary or agreed repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements; supply agreed services; or exhibit the dwelling unit to prospective or actual purchasers, mortgagees, tenants, workers, or contractors.

(2) The landlord may enter the dwelling unit at any time for the protection or preservation of the premises. The landlord may enter the dwelling unit upon reasonable notice to the tenant and at a reasonable time for the purpose of repair of the premises. "Reasonable notice" for the purpose of repair is notice given at least 12 hours prior to the entry, and reasonable time for the purpose of repair shall be between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The landlord may enter the dwelling unit when necessary for the further purposes set forth in subsection (1) under any of the following circumstances:

(a) With the consent of the tenant;

(b) In case of emergency;

(c) When the tenant unreasonably withholds consent; or

(d) If the tenant is absent from the premises for a period of time equal to one-half the time for periodic rental payments. If the rent is current and the tenant notifies the landlord of an intended absence, then the landlord may enter only with the consent of the tenant or for the protection or preservation of the premises.

(3) The landlord shall not abuse the right of access nor use it to harass the tenant.

Hope this helps.
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Mon Oct 18, 2010
Cassandra Black, Consultant answered:
Article below will guide you on pricing foreclosure cleanup jobs. Good luck!

Cassandra Black, Foreclosure Cleanup, LLC, Atlanta, GA
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Wed Sep 15, 2010
TLCrockett answered:
You are on the right track. You have to market and then market yourself. There are pleanty of real estate offices out here. Send them flyers or even better yet, stop by and introduce yourself with your handouts. You also want to make sure you have any proper licensing and insurances in place. Hope this helps.

Tanya L Crockett
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Fri Dec 18, 2009
Beth Clark answered:
This home was closed on 11/30/09 around $160,000 actually. With seller concessions of just over $5300, this was a nice deal for a buyer.
Even with REO, foreclosed and sometimes short sales, a good RE agent can get you seller concessions, home warranties, etc. and earn their commission.
Are there other REO, foreclosed you are watching? If so, you may want to go ahead if financially ready and
take that plunge. Prices seem to be staying steady now in our area although we do continue tohear that interest may increase this coming year.
Call me if you are ready and I can send all REO in an area you are most iinterested in.
Beth Clark, Coldwell Banker Devonshire
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Thu Sep 11, 2008
Cathy Sloan answered:
In answer to your question for a ballpark figure. Assuming your Realtor's professional service fee is 6% or 6.5% you can plan on 8% of the sales price to be your total closing cost including the professional service fee. This should get you within $500 plus or minus depending upon the Realtor fees charged.

It seems the other Realtors have summed up the customary Seller's expenses to expect in North Florida. Shonda has also explained the importance of securing an agent with an agressive internet marketing strategy.

I cannot stress strongly enough how important extensive internet marketing is to the success of selling your Mother's home. Jacksonville and Orange Park's Residential Real Estate is experiencing a strong Buyer's market. We have more that 25,000 active listings in our local MLS. It's important to have an agent who not only markets aggressively but also monitors the market and the feedback from your showings to keep your homes's pricing ahead of the market rather than following it down.

If I can answer any questions of be of assistance. Please contact me.

Cathy Sloan
RE/MAX Speicalists
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Mon Jul 21, 2008
Mike Schwiebert answered:
Hi Bill,

Do you want a country club, or are you looking for a family friendly community that has pools, water slides, sand volleyball, tennis, etc? If you have young children I highly recommend Oakleaf Plantation, or Eagle Harbor is great as well. Oakleaf has great schools 3 more brand new ones being built from now to 2010. I am not sure what your budget is but if you are looking for higher end, the nicest community in the Jacksonville area is Eagle Landing. The Orange Park Country Club is also very nice for the higher end homes as well.
Please look at my website "" under the featured areas on the home page click on the Oakleaf plantation link and you can see a virtual tour that I set up featuring why Oakleaf is great for young families. You can get a lot of home for the money in Oakleaf right now. There are also links there for Eagle Harbor and Julington Creek as well.

I would be happy to help you with your home search. I can show you the neighborhoods and get you into all of the gated communities to look around at the amenities and club houses.

Feel free to send me an email or give me a call so we can discuss in more detail what your ideal home would be.
Have a Great Day!
Mike Schwiebert, REALTOR
Watson Realty Corp. Oakleaf Office
cell 904-562-9345
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Mon Nov 26, 2007
CJ Haack answered:
The best way to find the correct answer for the zoning is to have the parcel number of the location(it can be looked up on the Clay County Property Appraiser Website if you have the address of the location address) and call zoning of Clay County and ask them. Theire number is 904-278-4705. ... more
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