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Home Buying in Gainesville : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Sep 6, 2016
Rl.perez77 asked:
I value the emails updating me on properties in my areas of interest. The photos used to include a map. Now, they don't. I won't check every listing to see where they are. I need…
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Wed Apr 27, 2016
Benbernabei answered:
I've enjoyed living in the Beville Heights subdivsion, great neighborhood. It is about 2 miles west of campus just off the main road (University Ave/Newberry Rd) and conveniently located near the Oaks mall and I-75 as well as plenty of shopping, restaurants, 2 Publixes, medical/hospital and good schools. My neighbors are UF professors with kids, a couple of UF engineers, a retired doctor and an acupuncturist.

I'm actually renting my house out as I'm moving to Tampa in a month, but it sounds like it might be more house than you'd need since it's a 4BR/2.5BA with an large den/office.

Other areas I've enjoyed living in are up 43d street in the NW section of Gainesville. Predominantly family oriented and not student living. I've been in Gainesville for 20 years, 6 for school at UF and the rest working so I have a good idea of the city if you have any other questions about the area.
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Mon Mar 7, 2016
Sally Grenier answered:
Absolutely have a buyer's agent and ask the seller to pay him/her a commission. Seller wants to save money by not listing with an agent, yet often they know zero about the process. No idea what documents are required, how to write a contract, how to negotiate items without killing the deal, etc. Both sides can get into trouble. ... more
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Thu Nov 19, 2015
Rcoleman777 asked:
My husband and I had to do a short sale in 2012 when we moved from MA to FL. We have been told we can't qualify for anything besides an FHA loan until 4 years from the date of completion…
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Thu Nov 19, 2015
Qulia Charelle answered:
Hi there, if you're still looking for help with purchasing a home in Haile Plantation I'd be glad to offer some assistance. I'm a licensed agent in North Carolina but my company has a large network of realtors nationwide. I can have a top agent in your area contact you immediately to help you begin your search. Let me know if this is something you're interested in by contacting me at the email address below.

Qulia Bryant
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Fri Aug 14, 2015
Genile Morris answered:
I know that it is not wise to start the home buying process without understanding your buying power. Before you start looking for a home, you should speak to a realtor and a lender to understand whether it is a good idea to purchase at this time. Here's the deal, if you are shopping for a home loan, you can search through a few lenders within a small window of time, more like a few days. However, depending on the type of loan, there will be some consistency in minimum credit score requirement especially with FHA, VA, and USDA home loans. ... more
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Mon Feb 9, 2015
Nora Moore answered:
If there has been any kind of dispute or question about the boundaries of that property, it's probably a good idea to get a boundary survey. Sometimes you need to get a survey if you want to get a mortgage on the property as well. There are a bunch of reasons why you'd need a survey. Hopefully, things go well with buying your older home. Good luck! ... more
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Sat Jan 17, 2015
Genile Morris answered:
Hey Tia,
Not sure if you have made the move to Gainesville, but the information you seek, can be found on the following websites. However these sites are not exhaustive, but informative providing valuable insight to make your decision. Gainesville PD has to be the best police department in the country. You don't need to wait for the news, GPD will post to twitter and Facebook to tell you areas to avoid if there is something going on, remind you about driver safety when wet(they call it danger juice, love it), and provides safety tips as well. Our school system has one of the best schools in the nation with students who pass the SATs with perfect scores. In addition, out students are exposed in many ways to a large number of opportunity including engineering and robotics, health and life sciences, finance and business management, and vocational programs.
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Fri Dec 26, 2014
The Kevin B Tolbert, Real Estate Network answered:
Visit and you will find plenty of agents who gladly participate in rebating 30% of their commission for the local heroes in their community.

With the same website you will also be connected with local lenders and title companies and other affiliates who participate in the program so that our local heroes get rebates in either buying or selling homes.

As the most successful closing agent in St Lucie County, I am appalled at the answers below.

There are plenty of agents that are not so stuck on the commission but about doing what is right for the clients. And over 110,000 of them now work for the Nations largest real estate company Keller WIlliams Realty and as a company that is a partnership of agents who all work together to help each other succeed, we are not so stuck on making a certain commission per deal.

The result is higher production, higher profit margins, and a profit sharing system that more than offsets the few folks that can benefit from a small rebate in order to obtain the dream of home ownership.

The Homes for Heroes program assists educators, police, fire, medical, and military active and veterans.

The Kevin B Tolbert PA Team of Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie are a proud participant of the Homes for Heroes and so are many other agents nationally so please goto the website and find a Realtor who cares more about their clients obtaining a home than the bottom line of their payday.
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Thu Sep 4, 2014
Dylan Thue-Jones answered:
I will be representing Barry Bullard Homes in Oakmont and would be more than happy to email you more information along with development and Amenity Center sitemaps. Thanks ... more
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Thu Jul 3, 2014
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Tue May 13, 2014
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Mon Apr 28, 2014
Genile Morris answered:
It depends on what you want. Gainesville is ranked the 34th best American small- to mid-sized city on’s list of Top 100 Best Places to Live, based on surveys and data analysis of amenities that residents value most. Depending on the dynamics of the neighborhoods, you can live just about anywhere and it will be great. There are areas where the arts are appreciated, others where nature is appreciated, and so on just depends on what you want in a neighborhood. If you want it, we just may have it. ... more
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Wed Feb 12, 2014
Robin "Kaley" Shorter answered:
Hi Vera,

Thanks to our rebounding residential real estate market, new construction is back, so there are some nice new townhomes. Here are three examples in NW Gainesville:


Villages at Westend

Tower 24

All of these include garages, granite counters, and other luxury upgrades.

When are you looking to move? I'll be glad to arrange a showing or get you more info.

All the best,
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Mon Feb 3, 2014
Nick Reed answered:
Hi, If you are looking for information on crimes in any area, it's best to call the local County Police Department, they cover the whole county.

Good luck!
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Mary Jo Brick answered:
I feel there are several able to handle "back to back" closings for you and also attorneys who do.As to the investor status, you may be inquiring about doing two separate closings for one buyer? If so, that too is possible I believe and you can just inquire of the company you choo
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Mon Dec 16, 2013
Mary Jo Brick answered:
at 11440 SW Archer Road, 8.3 acres, horses are permitted. Fencing is not complete around the 8 + acres and much is wooded. Would love to show the property to you. Thanks for your interest. ... more
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Thu Nov 28, 2013
Carl & Brenda Krames answered:
No, there are no mobile homes in this subdivision.
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