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Fri Nov 25, 2016
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. answered:
Things happen. Without more info it is impossible to answer. The owners may have filed multiple bankruptcies or something else.

Disclaimer: I am a Florida attorney and licensed Realtor. Information posted or made available on or through this site is not intended as legal advice or to create an attorney-client relationship between you and any attorney/our firm until officially retained. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation since every case is different and not all information is relayed in an online question. ... more
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Thu Mar 10, 2016
Office asked:
I work for PinPoint Realty Group and we have some listings on your site that are not all accurate. What do I need to do to be able to review and ensure all of our listings are accurate.…
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Sun Aug 3, 2014
Brian Kurtz answered:
Do you really want to work with expired listings right now? Most of them are "soiled goods". 80% are unrealistic about price and that's why they didn't sell. Another 15% have issues and that's why they didn't sell. Only about 5% didn't sell because the first agent "didn't market the home properly".

That being said, if you DO want to prospect for expired listings, then I'd get ahold of Borino's Expired Plus course. It's covers all the bases and is the best approach overall.

Oh, and there are three ways to prospect to expired listings.

1) By Phone - Pros: Fast and easy to do consistently, low expense. Cons: phone #'s can be hard to find, people don't answer. Crazy competition.

2) At the Door - Pros: low cost, no need to worry about phone numbers. Cons: time, can drive there and have the people not be home. Not easy to be consistent and not easy to be first in line.

3) Mail - Pros: don't have to worry about whether people are home or not. Cons: everyone's doing it, low response rate overall, you have to mail to a large pool of expired listings over time to get results because people don't respond to mail as well as a phone call or an unexpected drop-in. This means a mail campaign becomes rather complex, labor intensive, and expensive.

By-the-way - Borino suggests doing all three of these activities at the same time as there is no "magic bullet".
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Mon Jul 21, 2014
Josh Barnett answered:
Never have had success, interested in seeing what others state.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
Alma Kee answered:
Have you contacted a credit union? They may be able to give you a mortgage even with a short sale only a few months ago--rather than waiting 2 years. You may have more options than trying to find the rare seller who may be willing to do a Lease to Own. With our very slow foreclosure process in Florida, most Sellers are very cautious with doing Seller financing. Some may do it if you pay well above the market value and also have a lot of skin in the game with a substantial downpayment.

Just be sure to have an attorney representing your interest if you enter into a rent to own scenario or you could end up paying above market rent and pay for repairs and never get to own the property.

Try GTE Financial credit union. They gave on of my tenants a mortgage only a few months after their short sale closed. He had also recently been through bankruptcy. He did have a long stable job history with FedEx and bought below his income level and had 20% down.

All the best,
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Tue Jan 21, 2014
Alma Kee answered:
It's a prudent idea to rent in a complex. Otherwise if you decide to rent from an individual owner you must do research to verify the person collecting the rental money and deposit is actually the owner. We have had several cases in Tampa where someone advertises and then meets the tenant at the property and collects the money. Then the sheriff shows up and that tenant has to move and may have difficulty ever getting their money back.

I would think with verifiable income and possibly an extra deposit you will not have any problem.

No credit history is better than a negative credit history.
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Wed Sep 4, 2013
Stephanie Adams, ADB, MIBA answered:
Hi Toni

Personally I love south tampa. I currently live on Davis Island here we have our own dog park, marina and beach. I would recommend looking in South Tampa. The farmers market is great, friendly neighbors, plus a tight knit community. Plus being right by bayshore you and your kids can go for runs, bike rides, and even learn how to sail.

Personally I am a senior loan officer for Residential Finance. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway whether it be finding you a realtor, financing, or just showing you the community.

Best of Luck!
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Margaret Hassani answered:
Hi Sandi - My advice to you is to sell the home you're in and buy a larger one. When you start to add onto existing homes, it usually ends up being expensive and quite often interrupts the flow of the home. I worked for builders for 13 years and would definitely recommend moving rather than adding on. Feel free to call me if you have more questions.

Margaret Hassani
Broker, Lightning Realty
Innovation and Experience
(813) 766-1501
Fax (813) 443-0118
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Mon Nov 28, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are an agent as stated under your name, why not utilize MLS....
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Tue May 17, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Nano,

If you're not already working with a Realtor, I'd be happy to help you.

Generally speaking in Hillsborough County you should estimate about 2% of the sale price for property taxes. You have to be careful, though, because some properties have an extra tax burden called a Community Development District tax. This tax can an extra $1,000 to $4,000 to the annual tax bill.

Send me an email or call if you're not already working with a Realtor and are looking to purchase at least in the $70k or above price range. I will work with investors buying property below $70k but require a minimum $2k per transaction because it requires the same (if not more work) to close an investor transaction.

If you're not working with a Realtor, you're welcome to browse properties "like a Realtor" on my website by signing up for a ListingBook account:

All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
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Sat Jan 8, 2011
Helpfulinfl answered:
Hi I am not a realtor and I just wanted to let you know your options are wide. Gorrie is a great school. Daml mabry is just as good and then they both are linked to great higher schools. You can email me if you like. I have a realtor who sends me forclosures or low cost homes as I am too looking to buy. His name is Charles Bevis if you want to contact him. I was raised in South Tampa. It is the best part to live in. Check out Davis Island and Hyde Park. Good Luck. Ms O'Donnell
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