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Home Buying in 33018 : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Apr 13, 2017
Excell Homes answered:
For any number of reasons, it is no longer available to be sold. Coordinate contact with the posting operator ought to give better knowledge into this circumstance.
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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Stephen McRory answered:
From: Mortgage Broker

As a Florida Mortgage Broker who advertises all over the state and who does deals all over the state, I can honestly tell you that PBC and Broward are showing signs of getting back on track!

My borrowers are seeing more bidding wars on house in PBC and Broward than anywhere else in the state. Orlando is next to follow.


The strongest loan programs in FL are at

Steve McRory
Pro Option Mortgage/ Florida
Ph: 888 662 4404

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Tue Jul 10, 2012
Ruby Hernandez answered:
Thank you guys for the help. And we are looking for a single family home 3/2 under $110.000 around the areas of Hialeah, Miami Gardens! M Lakes and H Gardens.
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Tue Dec 27, 2011
Tom Priester answered:

Chinese drywall has certainly been an issue in the south Florida real estate market but it is not widespread. However, you want to ensure that any property you put under contract that was built or significantly remodeled between 2004 and 2007 is free and clear of this material. There are home test kits available but your best bet it to ensure your professional inspector has the qualifications to properly test for the material.

There are some things you can do yourself, or a qualified agent can assist you with, and one is the smell test as the material emits a sulfuric odor if it has been activated. If the home has been kept conditioned and dry the odor is not always easy to detect. Another thing to do is check any exposed copper and see if there are any signs of corrosion which will turn the copper black. Check refrigerator coils, copper piping under sinks and at the air handler and hot water heater.

But Chinese drywall can also create some excellent opportunities for astute buyers that can pick up infected properties as bargain prices. If the purchase price, remediation costs and carry costs during the remediation are below true market value it may be worth pursing. You will find that qualified contractors who do a professional remediation will end up costing $25 to $35 per total square foot so it is not inexpensive. The process can also take 3 to 4 months depending on the size of the property and the scope of work.

Tread carefully and best of luck,

Tom Priester e-PRO
"Results Driven Real Estate"

Keller Williams Realty
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Mon Dec 26, 2011
Steve Vennemann answered:
It depends on your contract but usually the realtor if you had one puts in their that you can back out if you choose to. Most states also have a short sale form you signed you should read if you signed one with the purchase agreement..Call your realtor they can tell you more. ... more
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Mon Oct 17, 2011
Jeff Holloway answered:
Yes. Look for seller financing. Do the work. How has your credit been in the last 3 years? What kind of a down payment do you have? These are questions a seller will ask.
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Mon Oct 17, 2011
Jeff Holloway answered:
Look for a seller who is willing to carry a mortgage. You can get creative on the terms. It will take some work, but they are out there.
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Sun May 29, 2011
Antonio Vega-Pacheco answered:
La pre-cualificacion es cuando examinan todos tus documentos por encima (sin mucho detalle) y basados en los numeros te dicen hasta cuanto te pueden prestar, (esto se obtiene hasta por telefono) por lo general te dan una carta indicando la cantitad y tipo de prestamo para el que cualificas.

La pre-approvacion es cuando en adicion a lo anterior ponen todos los numeros en su systema, te piden documentos extras, algunos hasta ceritificados y te dan una carta de pre-aprovacion. Quiere decir que es casi un cheque en blanco, pues necesitan solo que les traigas un contrato activo, y todo lo demas ya esta al dia en tu folio.

Una vez todo esto ha sucedido, como 15 a 20 dias entonces dan otra carta llamada "loan commitment" que es la que dice "basado en la inofrmacion obtenida y verificada nos comprometemos a hacer este prestamo a esta persona". A la semana siguiente hay un cierre.

Espero esto te alla clarificado.

Tony Vega
Charles Rutenberg Realty
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Tue Jan 4, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
You should be able to lookup liens on the county clerk's website. You can verify if the taxes are overdue by checking the tax collector's website. If you're planning to buy at the courthouse and not get a clear title with title insurance, you may want to hire a title company to do a title search for you. ... more
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Tue Apr 13, 2010
Mikee78 answered:
I was looking in that area and was only able to find houses that needed a ton of work. And those were around 150k for a 3 bedroom. Once you get past University the prices are cheaper but the area has a worse crime rate. I looked it up for weeks and drove through a lot of those areas looking. ... more
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