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34952 : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jul 21, 2017
Godlygirl1st asked:
Wed Jul 5, 2017
UpNest Top Realtors answered:
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Fri Mar 31, 2017
Scott Godzyk answered:
It depends, if they are getting a mortgage, the bank will mandate the home appraises. If it is a cash sale, most cash buyers assess what the home is worth before making an offer. It should say on your contract if the sale is contingent upon an appraisal. Check with your listing agent ... more
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Fri Mar 31, 2017
Scott Godzyk answered:
If he is an agent under that brokerage, he should be advertising the brokerage per state law. You can call the managing broker or the MA real estate commission
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Thu Mar 23, 2017
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. answered:
It's all negotiable. And as seller chooses title agent in St Lucie the title company would be able to give you a closing cost estimate; or some websites have very rough estimators.

If your agent doesnt know this stuff then I would seriously question their competence and ability to write a contract for you selling your biggest asset to protect your interests. You need to get yourself a real estate attorney as well before this agent costs you big money.

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.
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Tue Jan 24, 2017
Cctoddins answered:
I had a buyer wanting to back out of our contract stating there were too many issues found in the inspection.although the house had a leak that sprung while I was gone. I had the roofers come and they said its all a quick fix. Several of the findings were eronious I could only surmise due to the inspectors total incompetence or lack of knowledge.
I fixed all the issues that were asked and were in the process of getting the.roofer to inspect if and or.qhat was damaged on my roof. All this plus more was scheduled and or already done or ready to roll or by the following Monday..we got a call Monday afternoon that he wantwd out.
This is 7 days before cloaing.
We signed the papers for purchase on 12/17/2016. My hpuse has been off the market all this time and I left my home in NY to.come and vacate my home before thw closing.
I dont want ro release the escrow money because I feel he owes me for all the time and money I have spent to.get to.thiss point this far.
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Wed Nov 30, 2016
Jane Miller asked:
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Tue Aug 16, 2016
Maricris A answered:

To claim your property on Trulia, please follow the instructions below:

1. Navigate to the property page, go to the "Edit Home Facts " button
2. click the "I dont see my name" button
3. fill out the field
4. click the continue button
5. verify ownership and you're done.


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Thu Mar 31, 2016
Flabikers asked:
Thu Jun 25, 2015
Annette Lawrence answered:
You will need to review the HOA documents to determine if they have that authority.
It is an uncommon practice, but not unheard of in some really big communities with on site management and sales.

You may want to give a local professional a call to review your documents if you are unsure.

Best of Success
Annette Lawrence, Broker/Associate
Remax Realtec Group
Palm Harbor FL
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Wed May 13, 2015
Ritajains answered:
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As you know, using a VA loan allows you to buy your home with no down payment. However, that probably doesn’t mean with no cash. You still may have an earnest money deposit and closing costs. You may get the seller to cover some of the closing costs, but for planning purposes, I think you should plan to build up a “home fund” of at least 5%-10% of the home’s purchase price. Among other things, this approach may allow you to:

Cover closing costs. Depending on the housing market and your negotiating skills, there’s a real possibility that you may be required to come to the table with cash for closing costs. I think 3% is a reasonable estimate of what you might see for this expense. Closing costs cannot be rolled into the VA loan.

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Fri May 8, 2015
Alan May answered:
Condo associations generally control their own condo decs and rules & regulations thought the management association.

They have a monopoly on the current documents... so you're probably stuck. ... more
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Sun Nov 30, 2014
Bob Martin answered:
That's most of what you get in Port St. Loser; terrible redneck incompetent workers. Several of them ruined my house there and I was forced to sell it. PSL is a miserable place to live, anyway ... more
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Mon Oct 27, 2014
Terry McCarley answered:
Does your local TV stations or newspaper have reporters that cover issues like this? My area does and they usually successfully get the issue settled. If that doesn't work small claims court (depending on the amount of money you are out) is the next best option in a lot of situations. ... more
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Fri Aug 29, 2014
Bill Eckler answered:
The trend in the present market in South Florida is for the lender to ask for additional money on these sales. With short sales, sellers often list their home at prices that are appealing to most buyers but not an accurate reflection of the current market.

Just keeping it real!

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Tue Apr 22, 2014
Real Estate Investor answered:
You should sell to investors that may want property in your area. Many investors can close fast with all cash...
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Fri Mar 7, 2014
Anna M Brocco answered:
Choose your agent with care; rather than worrying about ratings, contact and interview in person a few agents from different realty companies, then choose the one you like best and who has the most to offer; or ask people you may know for referrals. Keep in mind that companies don't really matter, it's the agent that does... ... more
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Sat Jan 18, 2014
Stephen McRory answered:
It's actually somewhat comical to watch so many self proclaimed "Knowledgeable and very Experienced Buyers and Sellers" literally scour the internet, chasing every pop up rate offer and contacting 50 lenders, shopping like manics, losing sleep for weeks worried about saving .250% in a Tax Deductible interest rate on a loan, that regardless of the rate, they likely won't even keep in place more than 48 months.

Only to then watch those same buyers and sellers lay down, roll over and simply hand over so many thousands of their Forfeited Equity in Realtor Commission Points!

Talk about chocking on a gnat while being mauled by a tiger!!

In addition to shopping for the best rate, terms and lowest costs on a Mortgage Loan, educated consumers are now shopping for the best Realtor Rebate as well.

Realtors located all over the state of Florida as well as 39 other states offer Consumers Great Service as well as Realtor Rebates to pay for closing costs and/or:

pay for separate Attorney representation
pay for Interest Rate Reduction
pay for Gift Card; Home Depot, Lowes
pay for rental car for buyers while in FL
pay for plane tickets to FL to shop
pay to eliminate PMI
pay to buy out remainder of lease
pay towards down payment
pay for the 1st full year of home ins.
pay for taxes and ins. escrows
pay for a Home Warranty
pay for home repairs
pay off credit card debt, auto loans, etc.
pay off collections and judgments
pay for new furniture
pay for all new appliances
pay for home remodeling and additions
pay to have home painted
pay for weekly pool maintenance
pay for credit repair
pay for landscaping
pay for monthly lawn care
pay for new A/C system
sales price reduction
pay portion to prior realtor for their efforts
…and so much more!

The U.S. Department Of Justice has created a complete website (see below) dedicated to educating Consumers about the substantial saving available to them in now 40 states through Realtors who offer Consumers Realtor Rebate Savings.

To see how popular this savings is becoming, Google search: REALTOR REBATES to find thousands of very Professional and Knowledgeable Realtors willing to offer Consumers this savings.

Below are estimates on different purchase prices of Realtor Rebates that I help my borrower/buyers obtain:
?150K = $1,500 (Rebate)
?200k = $3,000
?300k = $5,000
?400k = $8,000
?500k = $10,000
? 1mil = $20,000

It truly is a great way for Consumers to save thousands!

BTW—Instead of begging for a vote below, if you agree, benefit or have benefited from any of my advice or comments on this site, I ask that you instead please make a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project: and send me a copy of the check you sent them.

Steve McRory
Pro Option Mortgage/ Florida
Ph: 888 662 4404
NMLS 204296

Prior Service: U.S. MARINE CORPS
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Tue Nov 5, 2013
Lonnie Conran answered:
Marianna, when I saw your inquiry I was surprised that 10 different agents didn't fall all over each other trying to respond, but the lack of response may have something to do with the house being listed as 2720 Helms instead of 2720 SE Helms, I guessing they couldn't find the listing, but for what its worth it closed about a week before your inquiry. If you happen to still be looking, I would be glad to help. Call or text me at 772-361-5975 or email ... more
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