Definitely take Realtor Jack up on his offer. Most Realtors cannot afford to assist tenants because some listing Realtors on rentals may offer as little as $50. That wouldn't cover the cost to fill a Realtor's gas tank! Also because some owners are in foreclosure status yet still renting out a property you need to be very careful whom you rent from. I would strongly urge you to rent in an apartment complex until you're ready to buy. FHA lending guidelines have shortened up the time line to get a mortgage after a bankruptcy, foreclosure, short sale so I would talk to a lender if you haven't recently verified your ability to qualify for a mortgage.
Also if you're a first time homebuyer, we have State of Florida Bond money that may be able to give you up to $10k to purchase a home.
Let me know if I can help with buying a home, I wouldn't be able to volunteer our time or gas money to help you find a rental, however.
All the best,
Alma Rose Kee, PA
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