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Home Buying in 33635 : Real Estate Advice

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Wed May 18, 2016
Danny answered:
We built a 3150 sq/ft home in 2014 all on one level and our average gas/electric bill in the summer is $75 - $85 and $90 - $120 in the winter. We did install some energy efficient features which gives us a lower monthly utility bill. We are in the Southeast and keep our thermostat at 72 in warm months and 69 in cooler months 24/7. ... more
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Tue Sep 22, 2015
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Brenda,
You have to be VERY careful before entering into a rent-to-buy scheme.

If you have good credit (640 middle FICO) and just need downpayment assistance, the State of Florida Bond program is giving away $15,000 to first time homebuyers! A single person can even earn up to $82,600 and still get this money. There is plenty of money available so don't let an unscrupulous lender tell you otherwise. You'll have to take an online buyer's class and you can close in 30 days. Not a lot of hoops to jump through like some of the County programs with lower income maximums.

So let me know if you have a good credit rating and just simply need the $15k money to buy a home.

Otherwise if you find a rent to own deal then tell them you will pay a Title Company to review the title before making any decision to move forward. Also do a permit search to be sure it isn't a sinkhole home!

All the best,
Alma and Teresa Kee
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Tue Sep 15, 2015
Anna M Brocco answered:
Rent to own is really not a good idea, therefore consider fixing whatever is preventing you from purchasing outright. Rent to own can be risky and one could stand to lose a bit of money, it favors the owner; therefore inform yourself well in advance of your search, and consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in real estate before considering the idea and or before signing any agreement. If you haven't done so yet, visit with any licensed loan officer, see if you can buy outright, or simply continue renting until a purchase can be made. ... more
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Sat May 2, 2015
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Marie,

We live and work in the Countrway/Charleston Corners/Westchase area and would be happy to help you if you're not yet working with a Realtor.

Great advice so far by the other Realtors that have posted. We have a shortage of homes in 33635 so there may not be much room to negotiate--unless the market has proven the price is too high because it hasn't gotten an acceptable offer in 30 days.

There is a pretty good deal just listed in Charleston Corners and it will need some work but if you get a HomeStyle or FHA renovation mortgage you may end up with instant equity and a model perfect home.

Also we have up to $10k from the State of Florida available for first time homebuyers but with the State money you cannot buy a house that would require functional renovations (i.e. roof, A/C, etc) but it may help you to bring no money to closing so you will have the extra money to update the flooring, kitchen or baths.

Let us know if you would like our help.

All the best,
Alma and Teresa
Sold On Tampa Team
Westchase Office - Future Home Realty
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Fri May 14, 2010
Mtg 101 answered:

it seems like you have had your questions answered i am a local mortgage bank and if you would like to come in and talk about all your options please call 516-233-4842 or email me

My address is 3601 hempstead tpk levittown NY 11756
closing on refi 14 days
purchase closings 21days -
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