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Naples : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Sep 9, 2017
Steve123151 asked:
Sat Sep 2, 2017
Fourbarsdj answered:
6% is a rip off. no one really WORKS for that amount. They don't need to sell many to make a really good salary. Check out the fancy cars to the bars and restaurants where they ply their trade. Almost everyone you meet is a "Realtor" Many are elderly and wander around selling a couple of properties a year supplementing their pensions. Selling is a mere word to them they cant practice it. we have had many really useless so called agents that are clueless. Paying them 6 % would hurt.

London UK landmark international really properly qualified brokers (not a simple Florida real estate exam) CB Richard Ellis and Christies or Sotherbys, charge 1.25 to 1.5% and advertise. Likewise in other major European cities.. When did you see your Naples house for sale advertised in a magazine or newspaper if you didnt pay an extra fee ? Uploading details and photos to MLS is many listing agents idea of their best attempts to 'sell' a property. sitting back and twiddling thumbs until another sales agent drops lucky is the name of their 3% game.

The selling agent must work under a Broker who I understand does nothing. except he holds errors and ommissions insurance . . The agent he splits commonly 50/50. some now have different splits. 6% is a rip off. no one really works for that amount. They dont need to sell many to make a really good salary. check out the fancy cars to the bars and restaurants where they ply their trade. London UK landmark international really properly qualified brokers (not a simple Florida real estate exam) CB Richard Ellis and Christies or Sotherbys, charge 1.25 to 1.5% and advertise. Likewise in other major European cities.. When did you see your Naples house for sale advertised in a magazine or newspaper if you didnt pay an extra fee ?

The selling agent must work under a Broker who I understand does nothing. except he holds errors and ommissions insurance. He splits commonly 50/50. some now have different splits paying the Broker a more sensible fixed sum from $75 per sale. see:

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/business/real-estate/real-estate-agents-attracted-100-percent-commission-model/L6fYlAU1wc26oYsyoMO0oL/

Overall m,y opinion is that 6% is unnecessarily high and over payment for the work.

Right now Im actively seeking a good agent willing to accept a lower commission to sell a well priced easy sell home in 34105.
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Fri Sep 1, 2017
Guyforks007 answered:
You don't want to live at Venetian Palms, too many "control freaks" and condo Nazis. Absolute nightmare !
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Wed Aug 30, 2017
Akronpr answered:
I worked with Heather Caine at Caine Premier Properties who sold my house quick, and for $50k over asking price! Highly recommend.
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Sun Aug 27, 2017
Jgrothe16608 answered:
Lennar is horrible. I bought in River Strand. It is a great community but the homes suck. I have had black mold due to an improperly installed cold water faucet. An additional leak that could be the roof, window, or the cracking of the foundational wall. It depends who you talk to. The clost door is busted and it have been used.... One problem after another. Once I can sell, I will and will never buy from Lennar again. ... more
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Sat Aug 26, 2017
spudzmom6 answered:
Sweetie,
FIRST -go to your bank and get a secured credit card. You put a small balance in a savings account and they give you a credit card against that balance. Put all your gasoline and grocery purchases on that instead of on your debit card and pay the bill by automatic transfer from your checking weekly or monthly. The best credit reference is to buy any kind of car --- through a real dealer, not a fly by night --- and finance it, so set up your checking to build that savings account for your down payment on one. PAY YOURSELF FIRST: transfer money to savings immediately and do NOT touch it!! Only spend money you must for a while.
SECOND - Open a retail store account or two. Bealls, Lowes Hardware, J C Penny, etc. all have their own credit cards you can use only at their stores. Sears, can be hard to get so don't go there. Make a small purchase every month or two and immediately pay off the balance when you get the bill. These need to be open about six months to have a good track record.
THIRD - After six months, start looking for visa and mastercard offers for store-branded cards..... ToysRUs has a branded credit card through someone like HSBC bank, Amazon has one through Synchonry Bank. Use that card next and put it on auto-pay through the credit card web site so that you never miss a payment.

At this point, you shoud be rotating your purchases so that you always get a bill on every card every month on the secured credit card and the visa/mastercards. Retail cards only need to be used about once a year to keep them active.

After your credit score is at 750-800 (make sure you have auto paid everything!!!) and you have a healthy $2500-$5000 down payment for a car and should have no trouble buying a new or used one. Pay as much as cash as you can, then finance the balance and try to pay it off early by adding an extra $5 per month to your automatic payments.
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Tue Aug 15, 2017
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Tue Aug 15, 2017
C_papandreou asked:
We just recently moved (since March) from Montreal Canada to Naples Florida and bought a business. I'm an E-2 investor on a visa. I have tried to get a mortgage but seems we're…
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Sun Aug 6, 2017
rbaker4316 asked:
We'd like to be close to the beach with access to a pool and, if it's a condo, HOA fees that aren't too nuts and be able to rent it out.
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Fri Aug 4, 2017
Alexander Monahan answered:
At Falling Waters Beach Resort, you'll run into a $1300/quarter condo fee. Currently taxed at $1849/year subject to change upon sale. $100 Application Fee.
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Fri Aug 4, 2017
Alexander Monahan answered:
That unit was available but was either taken off the market, or booked by somebody else. You have good taste in properties. My name's Alex and I am a Naples Vacation Rental Expert. I thrive on finding people January rentals. ... more
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Fri Aug 4, 2017
Alexander Monahan answered:
Park Shore Landings will provide you a positive homeowners' experience for sure! Great everything there!
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Fri Aug 4, 2017
Alexander Monahan answered:
Its very easy to review your real estate agent here on trulia. In fact, I encourage reviews, as it helps us to know how well we're doing our jobs. Don't be afraid to use honest feedback. To leave a review, simply go to your real estate agents' profile, scroll down to the reviews section, and click "Write a Review". Tada! You're done. Make sure to follow their standard guidelines so it doesn't get rejected. Use good grammar and provide an objective opinion. ... more
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Fri Aug 4, 2017
Alexander Monahan answered:
Not a problem, Eli. I will be happy to answer your question. Since the guy I am thinking of is by appointment only, I would love to connect with you and share with you by way of your choosing. ... more
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Thu Jul 20, 2017
Alexander Monahan answered:
Hi, Mike! I'm surprised no one has answered your question yet as there are plenty of neighborhoods great for kids. Off the top of my head, I can already think of a few.

One neighborhood is called Napoli, and its off of Davis Blvd. Its great for kids because it has a pool, a playground and even a fitness center for mom and dad.

Another neighborhood with lots of young families is The Enclave, also off of Davis Blvd. It has a playground and lots of kids so your kid will have no trouble making friends, and the school bus pulls right up to the gate.

Send me a message and I'll give you a free tour. I hope you find someone to show you around and get you acquainted with this beautiful city.
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Thu Jul 20, 2017
Alexander Monahan answered:
A screen enclosure has many benefits. It keeps out leaves and other exterior debris from getting into the pool, resulting in additional pool maintenance. It also keeps out animals from enjoying a swim with you. I would say that it enhances the appeal of sitting outdoors while reading a book because you can enjoy the outdoors and sunshine, while avoiding bugs flying around your face. ... more
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