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Sun Oct 29, 2017
Frank S. answered:
Hello Seve, you may consider FHA 3.5% down from a minimum 580 fico score and FHA 10% down with fico scores between 500-579. What state are you looking to buy in? Check out the web reference link... ... more
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Sat Oct 21, 2017
Seve asked:
How long do you have to show residency in FL before you can buy with FHA loan? Even if your last two year tax returns show another state.
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Mon Sep 18, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
When you say no papers have been signed, do you mean divorce papers? If the buyer fails to comply with the contract terms by your closing date, then the buyer is in default.

My question to you would be why would you take a contract with a contingency like this in the first place?

You may want to speak with a lawyer between now and the end of the month so you know what your options are should the buyer not be able to close.
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Tue Apr 25, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
I would suggest interviewing several agents who list and sell in your neighborhood/ area. There are a number of questions to ask the agents, such as:

How long have you been selling real estate?
Are you a full time or part time agent?
What marketing plan do you have for selling my home?
Do you have your own website? (Look at their site, see how homes are being marketed.)
What specific plans do you have for marketing my home?
What list price do you suggest for my home? What documentation do you have to support that list price?

Some agents tell you what you want to hear when it comes to a listing price. This is known as “buying a listing.” The agent is more concerned with getting your listing than with pricing your home properly as a part of an effective marketing strategy. Overpriced listings generally sit on the market and eventually the price will have to be reduced to attract buyers. However, by that time, your listing will be "stale" and you may find it selling for less than it would have sold for had it been priced properly at the beginning of the listing.

Good communication skills are also important, so ask agents if they limit their communication with customers to a specific number of calls a week (not the best option), will they provide buyer feedback after each showing, will they respond quickly if you have concerns that are important to you regarding your listing. You want an agent that will listen to you and communicate well with you and other agents.

Generally, the best agent is the one who markets your property effectively, negotiates the most favorable price and terms possible, knows the ins and outs of home inspections/ buyer financing/ closings and can communicate effectively with you to make the process as smooth as possible.

Some will say, "you get what you pay for" but if this were true, then the various business models wouldn't exist. One thing you need to know, not all low commission arrangements are really a bargain and not all high commission agents are truly full service. One thing I say often is a great agent is worth more than just their commission, but a bad one can cost you more than just a commission.
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Fri Jul 29, 2016
Maricris A answered:

You can take advantage of our vast network of agents here on Trulia. You may found the link below.

To search for a foreclosure specialist using our site:

1. Go to the link that I provided, enter the location where you're at and click enter.
2. Click the 'More filters' button and choose 'Foreclosure' under specialties.
3. Click the 'Search' button.

We hope your experience with Trulia is memorable and thank you for using Trulia for all your real estate needs.

For future reference, you can feel free to contact us about this type of inquiry through our contact form here:


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Sun May 31, 2015
Chad Cox answered:
I lived in Lakewood Ranch for several years and the CDD was on the property tax bill every year.
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Mon Feb 23, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
You should contact Mrs. Wells and have her remove the old listing, otherwise it will sit out there and create issues should you relist with another agent.


Diane Christner, Realtor, GRI, SFR, CNE
Bright Realty
Sarasota, FL
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Wed Feb 11, 2015
Joslyn Tatum answered:
This comes from lender information, they use the FEMA map to determine this.
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Sat Oct 25, 2014
Ed Valley answered:
Your real estate agent has access to all of your flood zone questions. Please contact someone registered with National Association of Realtors like me.
Ed Valley 941-356-3394
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Tue Jul 29, 2014
Jan Swift answered:
It depends and is very negotiable and depends on the price of the home? Are you a first time home buyer? There are several programs for you. Call me for more details.
Jan Swift
Wagner Realty
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Sun Nov 24, 2013
Devon Garbus answered:
It seems like you have all the information you need. But if you have any future questions don't hesitate to ask.
I now Kingsfield Lakes fairly well and your home shoulds ell pretty quickly if you price it correctly ... more
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Fri Sep 20, 2013
Dani Lolli answered:
Hi Nadineadam, Ancient Oaks is an AWESOME community! I have sold several homes there and actually considered moving into that community myself when I moved to Parrish. There is not much turnover in the community, which is also a great indication that it is well loved by those living there, I ended up in Harrison Ranch. Currently there are only 2 homes in the community on the market for sale and only 2 others have sold over the past 6 months. Both homes listed for sale were built in 2004, include4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a private built in pool and are over 2500 sq ft. If you are interested in exploring Ancient Oaks or other areas in Parrish with a personal tour, I am happy to assist you! Please contact me at or visit my website at I look forward to working with your when you are ready! Thank you, Dani Pearson - Realtor - Michael Saunders & Company ... more
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Fri Aug 9, 2013
Maryann Lawler answered:
Mr. Youngblood,
When evaluating the potential selling price of a home, there are many factors that we as real estate agents take in to consideration. Condition, location, amenities, and potential buyers are all evaluated to develop a solid marketing strategy.
When dealing with historic homes, there are extra layers of information that need to be discovered and addressed to ensure a successful closing. If your agent is not familiar with historic homes, many things could be overlooked.
I just closed another historic home on CR675 a few months ago and am a specialist in vintage and unique properties throughout Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
I would be honored to meet with you to put together a strong listing plan and review the necessary steps to get your property sold.
Feel free to call or email me directly so we can set up a time that's convenient.
Best Regards,
Maryann Lawler, REALTOR, CLHMS, SFR
Keller Williams Realty
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Thu Mar 21, 2013
Brenda Landers answered:

You've heard it before...Location, Location, Location. 2003 was a good time to purchase so therefore you maybe alright.

I am available to discuss specifics.

Brenda Landers, ABR, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Manatee
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Thu Mar 21, 2013
Brenda Landers answered:
There are not any HOA restrictions on dogs in this neighborhood, as a matter of fact, it is equestian friendly. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any other questions. I am the listing agent on this particular property but would be happy to discuss Parrish in general.

Brenda Landers, ABR, Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Manatee

(941) 893-3000
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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Patricia Baker answered:
According to the IMAPP your property is comping around 100-130,000 based on sq footage to 151000.00
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Thu Feb 2, 2012
E. Kirby answered:
Siesta Key has some nice places, bars, clubs and restaurants. Plenty to choose from!
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Wed Jun 1, 2011
Bill Eckler answered:

The best resource for accurate crime and safety information is likely the local police department or the county sheriff's department. They have access to the most current and accurate information and are generally very willing to be helpful. ... more
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Mon Apr 4, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
There are many variables with Short Sales. If it is owner-occupied and the seller is going under a HAFA short sale, it moves along fairly quickly because the "servicer" is required to meet certain deadlines to get their cash incentive.

If this is a rental property the seller may just decide to keep it if he realizes he may have a substantial IRS Tax bill if he's forgiven the loss!

So, keep looking for the right home up to the day you receive the short sale approval in your hands listing you as the buyer. So many things can go wrong so you do not want to miss out on other true bargains (bank owned) while you're waiting until/if this ever gets approved.

All the best,
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