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Home Buying in Lighthouse Point : Real Estate Advice

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Anna Torres, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
Sun Dec 13, 2015
Anna Torres answered:
Are you looking for a house, townhouse or a condo? Some of the 55+ communities have all three, but smaller, cozy ones are only consist of either homes or condos. I live in Boca Raton and my 55+ community has only 44 single family homes with decent size backyards, but you don't have to worry about cutting the grass and bushes: community does it for you as well as it takes care of a community pool and a hot tub.
You have to figure out what you like first and it's not a problem to find you suitable property for your money. :o)
Call if you like to discuss:
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Diane Christ…, Real Estate Pro in Sarasota, FL
Fri May 29, 2015
Diane Christner answered:
Most of your questions pertain to your purchase agreement, which are best answered by a lawyer as it requires legal interpretation of a contract. How notice should be given regarding inspection results should be covered in your contract, but it may not if you used a boiler plate contract from a big box store.

However, I can respond to the question about disclosure of defects. FL homeowners are required to disclose to buyers facts or conditions about the property that have a substantial impact on it's value or desirability that are not readily observable. Aluminum wiring would fall into that category.

This is a perfect example as to what can happen when people go the FSBO (for sale by owner) route vs hiring a professional agent with experience handling these and other types of issues. Not all closings are smooth sailing.
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Nick Somervi…, Real Estate Pro in Pompano Beach, FL
Tue Sep 30, 2014
Nick Somerville answered:
Glad to hear your interested in Lighthouse Point, it's a great area! There are plenty of private schools around here. What grade level are you looking for? My wife is actually a former teacher at Lighthouse Christian School which is pre-school through 8th grade. Please give me a call if you have any questions as I am an area expert because I live and work here. Have a great day!

Nick Somerville

Real Estate Broker / Owner
Somerville Real Estate, Inc.

Mortgage Broker / Owner
SRE Financial Corporation
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Ron Rovtar, Real Estate Pro in Boulder, CO
Mon Mar 10, 2014
Ron Rovtar answered:
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Denise Stewa…, Real Estate Pro in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fri Nov 8, 2013
Denise Stewart answered:
This is really a question for an Attorney. When you deal with Title Issues, there are matter that only someone that has specific knowledge can answer. If you don't know a Florida Attorney, you can go here:

Denise Stewart
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Denise Stewa…, Real Estate Pro in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tue Nov 5, 2013
Denise Stewart answered:
You are going to get a lot of suggestions, but after having got cheated, my best advice is to get references, and go see the property that the contractors are claiming they did work on. Doing the work, and guaranteeing their work, are both very important.
Any contractor that is reputable will have 2-3 current references....
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Denise Stewa…, Real Estate Pro in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tue Nov 5, 2013
Denise Stewart answered:
You really need the opinion of an Attorney. Our office at KW has an Attorney that is always available to look at documents and give a quick, honest, and reliable opinion....
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RealtyFire G…, Real Estate Pro in fort lauderdale, FL
Tue Sep 24, 2013
RealtyFire Group answered:
Hi Mary,

Are you looking to purchase or rent? Below is a guide for pet friendly rentals in the area. If you are looking to purchase please feel free to email me/phone me so we can discuss your needs further.

What kind of pet do you have? Cat/Dog?

Thanks for using Trulia!

Mike G. Benton
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Deb Wolf, Real Estate Pro in Deerfield Beach, FL
Fri Aug 23, 2013
Deb Wolf answered:
By the way, Carmela, I am originally from the Pittsburgh area also. If your property is still for sale, I may have a buyer, or if you are still looking to buy a place contact me at I am excited to help a fellow eastern Pennsylvanian. ... more
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Jennifer, Renter in Lighthouse Point, FL
Thu Mar 7, 2013
Jennifer answered:
I am not an official anything...agent, broker, insurance salesperson. I can only tell you that i have been looking for a home for years...and what always pulls me back is the homeowners insurance. I have looked on the east and west side...usually at 1200-1500 sq ft homes. For flood and wind i have gotten quotes varying from 4200 to 6800/year. Big factors include home value (cost of replacing the home), flood zone, construction type, age of the home, age of roof, the deductible you choose. But i think what mostly impacts the price is the four point inspection and your hurricane protection (either impact windows or shutters). And with hurricane protection it's all or nothing. If you have an exposed skylight, bathroom window, whatever, that doesn't meet their standards, you do not get the credit.
Again, this is all in my experience (with shopping around, even tapping into a family resource who owns an insurance company).
I have a friend in Wilton Manors on the water who pays less then 4k/year...go figure. I do think he was grandfathered in before the last big hurricane. Also, be aware...Citizens is in the works to up their rates currently.
By the way, the last two houses i almost purchases, both in good condition with roofs under 5 years old, both west of 95, came in at in Riverland, one in Palm Aire.

Good luck. I don't know how much longer i can afford to live here at those rates.
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Marsha Umans…, Real Estate Pro in Tamarac, FL
Tue Mar 5, 2013
Marsha Umansky answered:
Here is one of the best mortgage brokers. Talk to him - and God Luck!

Richard Contreras, President

Home Trend Mortgage Corp.

(954) 524-7960 Phone

(954) 610-7123 Cellular

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Joan Tole, Real Estate Pro in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sun Feb 24, 2013
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Jennifer Sus…, Real Estate Pro in Boca Raton, FL
Tue Jan 15, 2013
Jennifer Susanne Sommers answered:
Dear David,

A good rule of thumb is 2% of purchase price. Now, if you are planning to live here for 181+ days, then you would qualify for homestead exemption. Hope this helps out.

Gary Youngman below provided a chart that may help:

Always a pleasure,
Jen Sommers
Jennifer Sommers, Nestler Poletto Sotheby's International Realty
One South Ocean Boulevard, Suite 11 ⃓ Boca Raton, Florida 33432

O. 561.235.7777⃓ C. 786.390.9299 ⃓ F. 561.997.2614 ⃓
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Michel Brise…, Home Buyer in Vancouver, B.C. Canada
Thu Jan 10, 2013
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Gino Herring,…, Real Estate Pro in Cooper City, FL
Thu Aug 4, 2011
Gino Herring, SFR answered:
Fanny, if you are still looking for an apartment in Broward County, I think I may be of assistance. let me know if I can help. Thanks,
Gino Herring, SFR
954-770-5568 p
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Ibuyhomesinfl, Both Buyer and Seller in Lighthouse Point, FL
Tue Aug 2, 2011
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Handy, Both Buyer and Seller in Lighthouse Point, FL
Sun Dec 27, 2009
Handy answered:
On top of the fee there is also minimum purchase requirements -- I believe it was $200 per month for the summer membership, so add $1200 to that price. We mostly used it buying lunch by the pool and a night of family bingo with dinner. They have a lot of events and activites, it's a great place. ... more
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Handy, Both Buyer and Seller in Lighthouse Point, FL
Sun Dec 27, 2009
Handy answered:
I had something similar happen. The homeowner was in NJ and playing games. For some reason, HE was supposed to be forwarding the offer to the bank or he was required to sign the approval of the offer. Of course he approved the offer via the phone but didn't bother to sign or forward any paperwork, either to the bank or to the agents. It was just a big run around. He stalled the whole process enough to be able to work out another arrangement that benefited him much more. I expect that arrangement will bite him in the butt and aggravate him the way he aggravated us -- at least we can hope so! ... more
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Ana Maria  S…,  in Lighthouse Point, FL
Mon Apr 23, 2007
Ana Maria Sliger answered:
You could pre-qualify with our Keyes Lighthouse point in-company mortgage broker.
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