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Sun May 7, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
I just viewed your listing and your name does say "Listing Agent." The other 3 agents are listed as "Premier Agent" - not "Listing Agent". "Premier Agent" means those agents pay monthly advertising fees to Trulia, Zillow, etc. to have their pretty faces and name plastered on listings so they can get leads from consumers. It's just another method of paying for leads.

As a former agent, what should concern you is when consumers call these agents, they THINK they are calling the listing agent when they are not. It happened to me many times. I paid Zillow to be a "Premier Agent" and buyers would call me thinking I was the listing agent and I wasn't. I did explain to buyers that I am advertising on Zillow but I'm not the listing agent. I told them I can represent them as a buyers agent. He question is whether other agents will do the same OR when a buyer calls, will they lie and tell them they are the listing agent.
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Thu Apr 27, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
Unless you go to work for a builder, who may (or may not) offer a salary plus some sort of commission on sales, agents get paid by commission...period. It's a results based industry. You get paid after a successful closing.

Keep in mind that your broker will take a portion of your commission check earned for his/her share as well. You'll also need to set aside a portion of each check to pay your taxes -- income, social security & medicare. Remember, your broker does not contribute to the SS & medicare, it comes entirely out of your pocket.

You will also have to join the local MLS & pay local/state/national board dues in order to have access to the MLS data for agents.

Expect start up costs to run upwards of $2000. Then there are the ongoing expenses such as business cards, lockboxes, advertising, etc.

As a new agent, it is typical to go at least 2 or 3 months before you earn your first commission check.

Real estate can be a rewarding career, but you need to be aware of what to expect up front in the way of expenses. Approximately 80% of new agents leave the industry in a year or less. With good planning, you can become one of the 20% that make it.

Good luck with your new career.
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Sat Aug 8, 2015
Joseph Schutz answered:
Hi David,

Perhaps a better option would be foreclosures or preforeclosures. I am a Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) and a Certified Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR). I am happy to assist you in finding bargain priced properties in the Fort Lauderdale area. You can reach me on my cell at 954-461-7895 or on my website at

Thanks and happy hunting!

Joseph Schutz
RE/MAX Preferred
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Sat Feb 7, 2015
Bob Robinson answered:
Hi Erika... The RIVA Condos are going to be in a busy area of Fort Lauderdale, almost the heart of the City actually on Federal Hwy, close to a huge mall, car dealerships, restaurants, and a very busy intersection with Sunrise Blvd. I can suggest several other condos that are off the beaten path, but close enough to nice local coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance. Please contact me if I can be of further assistance. My best- Bob Robinson ... more
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Wed Jan 28, 2015
Tommy Forcella answered:
Yes a condo board can require a specific amount or percentage as down payment on purchase of a condo. They can also set minimum credit score requirements and minimum income requirements for acceptance.

If you'd like more information, feel free to contact me.
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Sat Jun 28, 2014
Marsha Umansky answered:
I do not see the benefit of the entire city stats for a regular consumer. If you are interested in a particular area, or building, then give me a call. We are dealing with a very divese and "uneven" market to rely on general statistics for any practical purposes. ... more
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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Jacques Wurms answered:
At the moment I show 141 condo's for sale between Victoria Park & Sunrise.
All with a minimum of two bedrooms or more.

Please check out this link with the properties it updates as they come on the market.,159418/beds/2/baths/1/propertytype/CONDO/listingtype/Resale+New,Foreclosure+Bank+Owned,Short+Sale/sort/price+asc/

Please feel free to call me at 954-383-0090 with any questions.

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Tue Jan 28, 2014
Jacques Wurms answered:
Hello Susan,

I show 45 rental properties for rent in the area 33304 Please follow the link to find an up to date list.

Please feel free to call me 954-383-0090 if you have any questions.

Best regards
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Thu Jan 16, 2014
John Bourassa answered:
Mr. Boyd,

Your house MLS# A1852607 still shows as an "active" listing on the MLS. That's what you get for hiring a "Discount Broker" . All they do is put your house on the MLS and you are on your own afterwards.

Now you are seeking help from full service Realtors...Shame on you, sir. Call your agent.
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Mon Oct 28, 2013
Andrea Hoff-Domin answered:
Dear Solto,

The best way to get the answer either contact a realtor you can represent you as tenant or call the landlord and ask for the explanation.

If you refer to a lease contract which you have already signed or which you would like to sign you need to speak to an attorney to get legal questions answered.

Good luck

with sunny greetings
Andrea Hoff-Domin
Florida Dream Homes
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Tue Oct 15, 2013
Antonio Vega-Pacheco answered:
Only your real estate agent can change price, it has to be done directly on the MLS, not on Trulia.

If your home is not currently listed for sale, then what you are seeing in Trulia are public record values, not for sale price. Was this answer helpful? If so please click on "best answer" or on the "green thumbs up".

Tony Vega
Antonelli Realty
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Sun Jul 7, 2013
Stephen McRory answered:
PLEASE shop with at least 5 other lenders so you'll know what is and what is not available to the avarage borrower.

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Steve McRory
Pro Option Mortgage/ Florida

Prior Service U.S. Marine Corps
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Sun Jul 7, 2013
Annett T. Block answered:
Good morning Sharon,

since Realtors can not give you legal advise you should consult with your own attorney. There could be several legal issues involved.

If you are not happy with your Realtor of course you can fire him/ her. I am having a problem since you self said that you find the Builder, but brought your own Realtor when negotiating and signing the contract. Why did you bring the Realtor for the negotiation in the first place if the builder wants to give you a better deal without a Realtor? Why didn't get you from the builder a better deal in the first place? Why doesn't the builder honor the contract who is in place now? Is he afraid that the Realtor, who will present your interest, interfere with his (builder) interest. Are you aware of all the legalities to the Real Estate Contract?

There could be several contracts you have to look into. You could have a contract with your Realtor. The builder could as well had been provided a registration from your Realtor so that the Realtor is protected and the builder can not sell to you.

Are you sure the builder will held to the contract if you sign a new one? This builder seems to me very shady. Let us know the builder so we all can stay away from him.

Please understand this is not a legal advise and consult with your own attorney.

Good luck to you!

Annett T. Block
Florida Connects Inc.
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Fri Jun 7, 2013
Victor Patane answered:
Call Barry at 954.562.0983. Tell him that Victor Patane recommended him to you. He just finish a job for me and did a good job and NO attitude. If you have any questions feel free to call me at 954.772.0108. ... more
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Tue Sep 11, 2012
John Bourassa answered:
Yes, Shirley, you can find townhouses in Ft Lauderdale for less than $200K with boat dockage but the tricky answer to your question is what are your expectations? If you have a sailboat or a large boat (over 25' with a hard-top canopy) you need to be on no-fixed bridge canals which are in most part east of Federal Hwy or along the New River by Sailboat Bend, Citrus Isles, Gil Ilses areas and all those areas are starting at around $450K and they are fixer-uppers.

You can do better buying a condo but for under $200K, they will not have deeded docs and those condominiums who have private docs but rent only to their owners, they usually have length restrictions.

Good luck with your search.
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Thu Jun 28, 2012
Samantha DeBianchi answered:
Hi Zack,

There are various opinions about Villa Medici--I know people who like it and I know others who prefer different options. Either way, the area in general is nice and there are other townhomes available in the same price range.

Please let me know if I can assist you.

Samantha DeBianchi
DeBianchi Real Estate
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Tue Jun 26, 2012
Jose Castillo Lic REA answered:

your answered question on this and village east have been sent directly to your specified email.

Jose Castillo, realtor, CIPS, epro
Coral Shores Realty
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Wed Nov 16, 2011
John Bourassa answered:

There is no specific answer for your question. As in anything, there is cheap, average and high quality labor and materials (you buy a Chevrolet or a Cadillac; one is twice the price of the other).

The answers you've received below are right. But first, do your homework by sketching your idea(s) and shop your materials for quality (wood, drywall, windows, bathroom fixtures, tiles or carpet, light fixtures electrical, etc). Then, as per Paul Saperstein's and the Levis' answers, contact several contractors to get estimates based on your pre-developed ideas.

The Levis are correct by saying that the price of construction has considerably come down. That is due to the fact that contractors are nearly starving these days because of the present local and national economy. And, yes, make sure you select contractors that are licensed (check their licenses with the Florida Department and Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR) - (go to - click Licensee Search Building and Construction), make sure they are well insured, that they will pull all necessary City of Fort Lauderdale building permits and check for references (not the reference letters they put on their websites -- no-one ever puts nasty letters there -- but call the City of Ft Lauderdale Building Department and ask them about a specific contractor).
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Fri Nov 4, 2011
Darren Nelson answered:
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Darren Nelson
Short Sale Expert
Coral Shores Realty
1119 E Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Office: (954) 568-9698 x255
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