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Tue May 16, 2017
Eric W Vander Werff answered:
I've seen appraisals take a month to come back but for the most part I am getting mine back in 2 weeks now. I have a Jacksonville file that was accepted on the 3rd and is expected on the 19th this month, but there are 800,000 people there vs. 35,000 in Plant City. If 6 appraisers turned it down, you likely had too low of a price on the request, your property is very rural, or it is a unique property type. Depending on travel time, etc - appraisers are charging 25-50% more than just a few years ago. You can always reach out to your loan officer for updates - this is a busy time in a lot of housing markets, don't be afraid to be the squeaky wheel. Best of success. ... more
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Thu Jul 28, 2016
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Mon Apr 18, 2016
pulgan answered:
Basically you read the rules, sign up and bid on the house you are interested in. Each site has different rules and usually they want you to give them a deposit to bid on the property.

There are many auctions sites such as, hubzu, realtybid, bid4assets, etc. Each one is different. Hubzu requires you use a realtor to make bids on the property. There are usually fees involved if you win the auction such as a 4 - 5% of the purchase price as well as a service fee of usually around $300 to $500. If they are waving this fee, it usually means the house has been difficult to sell. If it is going to a county auction, generally the Bank with the first mortgage will get it. That was the scam of the century. They could let it go to auction, pay the county their fee and buy it back. This got rid of liens that a contractor may have and any second mortgage. Then the first mortgage loaner gets the home back free and clear. This screws the smaller bank and anybody who had a lien on the house. I have bid on many of those homes. One time I bid over $125K on a house only worth $30k. Of course I was outbid by the bank each time. The reason they have an unlimited amount of money to bid is because the county gives them their money back after the auction ends minus the $60-$80 fee they charge. Understanding this process will save you lots of frustration wondering why bank owned properties are so frustrating or they really don't care what you bid. Usually they use private title companies along with bid sites and they take as long as they like to sell their foreclosure. I have bought several properties from auction sites. Do your due diligence. Use the county sites to check for unfinished permits, unpaid taxes, and call the local utilities to see if there are any existing problems. Also understand that the bank has already tried to sell this house through conventional means. This means the house is very likely to have problems or needs work. I also use google maps quite often. I found a race track next to one property I was looking at and a landfill next to another. These are very important details which lower the value extensively. Don't be afraid to buy a bank owned auction, just be very thorough on your research. Don't forget to figure the commission and repairs into your profit. Sometimes it's not as good of a deal as a conventional deal where you might find an owner willing to take a little less depending on how motivated they are. Auction houses are there for lots of people to see and they are going to get the maximum price from potential buyers from all over.
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Mon Mar 28, 2016
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Tue Feb 2, 2016
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Mon Nov 9, 2015
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Mon Oct 5, 2015
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Mon Aug 10, 2015
Jacquie Yekmalian answered:

Ask your Realtor to do a Comparative Market Analysis. This will help you in determining what is a fair offer to make.

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Sat May 23, 2015
Javier Montiel answered:
Trulia doesn't support FSBO listings. Try other sites such as, willow etc...
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Thu Mar 5, 2015
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Fri Jan 30, 2015
whitemooncarol answered:
Hi Joan, I'm in the Turkey Creek section of Plant City in a very country environment. If you're looking to buy, I have a 4/3 block home on 10 acres, very private. Large pond on property. I had cattle originally but now I'm downsizing. Most of the homes around me have horses. I am not a realtor.I am not looking to rent. I have lived here, raised my family and now, it's time for me to get something a wee bit smaller.
if you or anyone out there is interested, let me know. I'm in no hurry so think about it :)
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Sat May 3, 2014
Lauren Bridges asked:
Would like to stay $1200 or under. I own a business off Airport Rd so Walden Lake/Walden Oaks/Country Hills would be ideal. Can even be a 2 bedroom as long as there is a garage and fenced…
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Fri Apr 4, 2014
Alma Kee answered:
Just be sure to verify the person who is collecting your money is the actual owner. Also it would be a good idea to do some research to verify the landlord is not in preforeclosure.

You can verify an owner by address on the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's website on the upper right hand corner:

You may be safest if the current owner recently purchased since they would be less likely to be in a foreclosure.

Good luck and just so you know there is often as little as $50 offered to a Realtor to find a tenant so you may not find many who would be willing to assist you.
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Mon Mar 24, 2014
Craig Lennard answered:
There are currently two listings in Plant City that allow large dogs. Give me a call or send an email. 813-526-0599.
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Wed Mar 12, 2014
Robert Hanson answered:
As some have mentioned, there are several factors to consider as to when you should actually buy. However, it is never to soon to understand your situation and get prepared. I work with a few divorce attorneys in assisting their clients so I know from experience that there is more than just the financial aspect to the decision. Personal and legal considerations also come into play. You need an experienced lender that can help you address all of these in the context of qualifying for and being comfortable with a mortgage and a new home.

I am available to help you at your convenience if you wish.

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