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Home Buying in 33020 : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Jun 4, 2017
Yesi Escalona asked:
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Tue Sep 17, 2013
Dorene Malloy answered:
this would be better answered by the building department you are dealing with. generally you have to have flooring in all wet areas (bathrooms), running toilet and sinks, you do not need appliances, light fixtures and such. all electrical, plumbing, mechanical and zoning have to be completed and signed off before they will issue your certificate of occupancy.

dorene malloy
equity team realty
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Mon Aug 12, 2013
Carl Heldmann answered:
I estimated the cost to build a house in Broward County Florida (South FL) that Includes excavation, driveways, utilities, lot clearing, decks, patios, landscaping, fees and permitting costs, and a general contractor's markup of $35,334 that has an approximate total cost of $300,504.

It's a nice house that has a stucco veneer, 3 bedrooms, 2/1/2 baths, and 2,324 square feet of living area with a nice floor plan from

You can see the house and read the article on How Much Does it Cost to Build a House in Florida.
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Mon Aug 12, 2013
CyndySellsRE answered:
It sounds like you need to evict your tenant. The first thing however is to post a Three Day Notice on the Door. If no payment after that, you can file a Motion to evict. It's a process and can take some time. Most are done with an attorney. If you need an attorney, let me know. Otherwise, the forms can be obtained from the county court house. ... more
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Wed May 15, 2013
Hermann Wiehls answered:
Hello, depending on how your house is built, I would think it would be easier to divide and add to the existing house to make additional units, as tearing down the old house and building a new multi-family property would be very costly and you would loose the value of your current house in the process. I can put you in touch with a great contractor who has built several multi-family properties in Hollywood. Feel free to contact me for more information.

Thank you.

Hermann Wiehls
Realtor Associate
Carrington Real Estate
(Formerly Atlantic & Pacific Real Estate US LLC)
Ph: 954-300-2BUY
2950 W Cypress Creek Rd. Suite 100
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
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Wed May 15, 2013
Stefanie Cohen PA, ABR, SFR answered:
The pro, is that it gives purchasing power to millions of Americans, who don't have enough cash to make a 20% down payment. The con is that you have to pay the premium.

So many people are thrilled to be able to purchase a home with less than 20% down payment, so that is is big plus!

Best regards,
Stefanie Cohen, PA, ABR, SFR
Prudential Florida Realty
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Irina Karan answered:
I have to politely disagree. South Florida is rather large...and has a lot of properties for sale - some under 100K. My partner specializes in working with investors, and his 3 recent closings were way under 100K. All were amazing deals...That said, we all are noticing prices rapidly going up, so you got to jump to get the benefit of the still low prices and low rates (if you would buy with a mortgage).

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Carla Rocha answered:
Hi Pamela,

It might be somewhat difficult to find a condominium association that allows 2 dogs per unit, one of them being a 50lb. If they do accept 2 pets, usually there is a restriction to the weight of them - more likely 25-30lbs each. Would you like me to check the possibilies for you? I could give you the name of complexes that accept them. You could then drive by the areas and let me know if you like them. If so, please specify the areas - you mentioned south Palm Beach - size and price range and I will be glad to check it for you.

I can always check townhouses and villas - some homeowner's associations are a little more flexible on their rules as to number and size of pets.

Carla Rocha
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Sun Jun 10, 2012
Joan Tole answered:
Looks like you have some great answers there, cant think of anything to add, except, Honesty is the Best Policy!!
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Mon Dec 7, 2009
Angela Schrager answered:
Npc: You know the old expression - you can't compare apples to oranges. In this case, you can't compare the Royal Palm Yacht Club to Southwest/Sunshine Ranches. If there's one thing that's clear about real estate prices, particularly at the high end, where the offerings are non-fungible, it's that the lack of a central market maker leaves every owner with the freedom to establish his/her own price.

To be honest, I'm not personally familiar with the high end Boca inventory, but I do know the south Broward area very well. I can tell you that the keys to pricing in the Ranches are motivation and competition. Without downward pressure from neighboring properties, there is no great need or incentive to lower your own price, and price inertia is a clear sign of lack of any real motivation to sell. Those properties where the owners are in financial distress are forced down, but the rest hold their price, because no-one else in the neighborhood is giving their house away and the sellers don't need to sell.

Royal Palm Yacht Club is more of a traditional "neighborhood" than Southwest Ranches, where the estate homes are farther apart and on considerable acreage. The psychology of neighborhood communities is different than the psychology of rural communities. There's more of a sense of "what the house across the street" or "the house around the corner" sold for in Royal Palm than there is in Southwest Ranches, where there might only be 3 or 4 houses on the whole street!

You're asking why one market doesn't behave identically to another market, and the answer is in the fact that they are 2 different markets. There's no such thing as "the luxury house market". There's a luxury house market in Royal Palm, there's a luxury house market in Rio Vista, there's the luxury house market in Star Island, and there's the luxury house market in Southwest Ranches.

You can trust that if the sellers felt any compelling need to sell, they would begin lowering their prices until they could find a willing buyer. If the houses in the Ranches have stayed relatively stable in price (even in the absence of many sales), it just says the owners don't care.

One more note, I did want to sound like I had some idea what I was talking about, so I looked at the listings of available properties in Royal Palm Yacht Club, and my quick impression is that the prices have not come down anywhere near as steeply as you suggest that they have. I see most of the properties in there are pretty much the same price as they were 2 years ago.

If there's a house that you have your eye on in Southwest Ranches, I am sure you know that it never hurts to make an offer. Just because the price is $3 million, (and has been for the last 2 years), doesn't mean that the owner's won't favorably consider an offer of $2.275 million. You won't know until you try!

I am sure this wasn't exactly the answer you were looking for, but from an economic standpoint I don't think you can look for rationality in the housing market, especially if you are expecting to see consistent patterns in completely different communities.

I hope that helps. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can help you with your desire to find something here in one of the Ranches!

Best regards,

Villa G Realty, Inc.
Tel: 954-816-7996
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Thu Sep 25, 2008
Waterman480 answered:
The answer is not quite as easy as the realtors make it out to be. If you are buying out of town or work full time, then most probably a realtor is the way to go, as they are there making sure things go smoothly. If you go alone, especially on a FSBO (for sale by owner), an attorney specializing in real estate is advised and will be much cheaper, (but is always a good idea anyway).

More importantly, if you opt for a realtor make sure they know what they are doing. Far too many don't - just because they have the license and title doesn't mean they should be selling real estate. Look at their listings and see how much work they put into them and how well they are presented. If they are missing information like square footage, have few/ lousy pictures, etc., then they probably won't do a good job for you either. A bad realtor is worse than a bad mechanic, and a good one even more valuble!
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