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Home Buying in Diplomat : Real Estate Advice

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Melissa Park…, Renter in North Fort Myers, FL
Tue Nov 11, 2014
Melissa Parker Vatansever answered:
I have been a property "owner" for 20 plus years- and owned beautiful homes that I have doubled the value of with my husband- as he did his day job and I basically made the home what it was- beautiful and desirable to buyers. I also raised 3 children, did the bookkeeping, investigating, painting,decorating, listing, etc... and we double our profits- but then D Day came. He "Mid-Lifed" on me and basically lost his sense of reason.... his loss- but I paid too, emotionally, financially and how people see me once they see that I have to rent at around 1000 or less a month. The issue I am have is with your statement is how you classified "Low Income Renters" and that" they have decreased the quality of your life in Porto Vista". Please, please do NOT equate a lower income individual (especially when things have happened to them in life that are beyond their control and they lose all they have worked for-) Believe me NO ONE is immune. It can happen to anyone- even your job, your money, your investments... the strength of security that they offer you or anyone is like a protective wall, but, in your imagination alone. I was one that had it all and in ONE day became one who barely had a thin, and was so crushed that I couldn't even get through a entire work day without breaking down into tears. Which made it even harder to pay rent. I was lost and afraid, but didn't lose my sense of cleanliness or taste or intellect. I can make a 750 dollar rental (a month) clean and classy to where the most distinguished of guests feel at home. In fact, I know A LOT of wealthier people who are basically slobs. Money and income does not create a better person, neither morally, nor in any other aspect of life. Financial inequality is just another form of prejudice and being familiar with both sides I can speak with accuracy and experience. ... more
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Steve Geving, Real Estate Pro in Fort Myers, FL
Sun Feb 24, 2013
Steve Geving answered:
Generally Jan, Feb Mar are the most popular months here in SW Florida. It is likely that the rentals are rented for those months. If you are looking for a rental please feel free to call our office at 239-415-5881. They can likely find you a rental. If you are looking to purchase, please email me your phone # so we can talk about your needs and budget and I would be happy to help you locate a great home.

Steve Geving
Jones and Co Realty
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Lisa Daniello, Real Estate Pro in Naples, FL
Sat Feb 16, 2013
Lisa Daniello answered:
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marion, Home Buyer in Cape Coral, FL
Fri Jan 4, 2013
marion answered:
This is a great community! We purchased 3 years ago and love it. The HOA is run by volunteers and we all get to vote on matters. Like any HOA, there's those who complain about it and those who volunteer :o)

This community is beautifully maintained, pristine, friendly and conveniently located. Piles of restaurants and shopping in the area, and Publix is right next door (super handy). We love it here. Very affordable and a wonderful value. Easy, no maintenance lifestyle with lovely amenities including a gorgeous infinity edge pool, a fitness centre and a community room that can be booked for private events. All in all, a real gem of a find -- both from a lifestyle and an investment perspective.
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Beverly Howe, Real Estate Pro in Naples, FL
Wed May 23, 2012
Beverly Howe answered:
Please check my link o my homepage with information about Toxic Chinese Drywall and Buyer Beware.

"The most important thing a buyer can do is first of all work with a Buyer Broker." As stated by AARP and The Consumer Federation of America, per REALTOR NEWS.

Florida Buyer Broker is one of the only “genuine” buyer brokers in all of Southwest Florida. There is NO extra/hidden or additional cost for you to obtain my specialized “exclusive” buyer broker services in your real estate transaction. “The most important thing a buyer can do is first of all work with a buyer broker.” As stated by AARP and the Consumer Federation of America from REALTOR® News.

On my informative homepage you will learn about:

The #1 Mistake Real Estate Buyers Make
20 Critical Mistakes Buyers Make
20 Things the Listing Agent Does Not Tell You about Short Sales
Short Sale Fraud
Foreclosures - the Wild West of Real Estate
Unrealistic Buyer Expectations
Buyer Beware

There is no obligation required of you to access this important free educational information on my homepage. The site is informative but does not give the buyers the benefit of my 30 years experience working in the Southwest Florida real estate market unless they call me to schedule time for me to work with them. So, don’t hesitate to call. I am the broker who will actually assist you in finding the best property in your price range and have extensive experience working in 2 counties to help you make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. It’s best to schedule my time in advance.
On my general “Search Property” link you will be able to search property anywhere in Florida. Please see “Search thru MLS Data” on my homepage to for instructions on how this search link works.
On the “Search thru MLS Data” on my homepage you will find instructions on how to access the different searching options including local REALTOR® MLS data to “search like an agent.” Once you set up a profile on these links, you can save your search and you will automatically be notified when new listings or price changes become available which meet your criteria. It is important that you give yourself at least 15 minutes to sign in and complete an entire search prior to leaving the system in order to set up the program properly. Your search will then be saved and you will be able to change your criteria anytime in the future. I recommend scrolling down the criteria choices and putting a “don’t want” in the short sale box. You want to get a good idea of what is available, don’t base your decision to buy on a short sale.

You will need to copy the links below and paste in your address bar OR go to the Menu Bar on to click directly on the links to access “Collier Search Link or Lee Search Link.”

To Search Lee County - Cape Coral, Ft. Myers, Estero, Pine Island, Lehigh, Sanibel Island, Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs:

To Search Collier County - Naples, Bonita Springs (Part of Bonita is in Collier County and Part is in Lee County) Marco Island and surrounding areas:
Many homes built between 2000 and 2009, including some renovated homes in Southwest Florida were built with Chinese Drywall. I hope you will take time to learn more about this serious problem at the Chinese Drywall link on my homepage.
I assure you it does not cost you more to obtain my specialized buyer broker services. In the State of Florida only a buyer broker can legally negotiate for a lower price for the buyer and must take care of the buyers’ best interest through out the transaction. A buyer broker is required to give the buyer loyalty, confidentiality, care and diligence, accounting, disclosure of all known pertinent facts and your financial status is protected.
This is my 30th year selling real estate in the Southwest Florida. I have been working as an “exclusive” buyer broker since 1993 and licensed to sell real estate in Florida since 1981. Please feel free to call me anytime on my toll free number 1-800-283-7393.
I am friendly and easy to talk to.
Beverly Howe, ABR, GRI, TRC Informative homepage:
Owner – Broker
Email: Florida Buyer Broker
Local Direct: 239-601-2013
US and Canada Toll Free: 1-800-283-7393
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Mark Washburn, Real Estate Pro in Cape Coral, FL
Mon May 21, 2012
Mark Washburn answered:
Here is a resource to view the active listings at the Porto Vista Condo development in SW Cape Coral:

Good luck with your search!
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Blanca Contr…, Real Estate Pro in Cape Coral, FL
Wed May 2, 2012
Blanca Contreras answered:
I hope that since posting your question in December you have been able to weigh in on the positives and positives!! of waterfront living in Florida. Could there be any negatives??
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