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Home Buying in Seminole County : Real Estate Advice

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Fri May 31, 2013
Clair Strutt answered:
The homes are nicely priced for the size homes. The area is a perfect spot because it is close to major highways, great schools, outdoor activities and art galleries. My biggest complaint with the area is that there is no nearby grocery store and I find that a little inconvenient but Sanford is a great place to live. I live in downtown Sanford and enjoy all the activities offered.

To address you question about bad areas; there are bad areas everywhere in the U.S. No town is free of drugs, crime and naughty over-indulged affluent/under supervised juveniles. Its the world we live in.

I am a former New York transplant and love this area and find Sanford a family friendly place to live.

I hope this helps.
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Fri May 31, 2013
driftero99 answered:
Do u know of any property management company that deals with people that have credit issues but pay their rent every month?
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Sat May 25, 2013
Senswella Mincey answered:
It is a normal fee; however, you Realtor should have disclosed that information on your first initial meeting. It can and can not come out of commissions it depends on your relationship with your Realtor, but I would have to agree if you have received outstanding sevice from your Realtor just pay it. You will have what you want which is a beautiful home and a relationship for a lifetime. Most Realtors have fees to pay as well. At least you know for the next go around what questions to ask.

Good Luck and Congratulations!
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Sat May 25, 2013
Senswella Mincey answered:
Hi Brownie,

I am pretty sure you have started your search online. Please check out smincey.bestorlandohomesearch.com on this site you will able to view all properties available. I also would suggest contacting a local Realtor who knows the area to better assist you in your search. We have a low inventory in this area and if you are ready to purchase now, Now is the best time. Prices are starting to rise.

Good Luck,

Senswella Mincey
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Sat May 25, 2013
Stephen McRory answered:
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Yes, its called USDA 100% financing with negotiating a seller credit to pay closing costs and/or Lender Credit to pay costs.

You can literally purchase a home with less than 900.00 to 500.00 out of pocket with your first payment not due for almost 2 month after closing.

www.pro-option.com

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Mon May 20, 2013
Alex Galitsky answered:
The house is currently "Pending", meaning the seller has already accepted an offer. It's been on the market since May last year and the price was dropped from $449,000 to $414,000. Here is a link to what else is on the market in this community: http://mfr.mlxchange.com/DotNet/Pub/EmailView.aspx?r=1963802946&s=MFR&t=MFR . ... more
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Sun May 12, 2013
Maureen McCabe asked:
Thu May 2, 2013
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Good evening Only1steff,

I've been helping First Time Buyers for 23 years as a mortgage professional and I will tell you what I have always told my clients here in New York: If you are a First Time Buyer, steer clear of foreclosures and short sales.

Foreclosures are someone else's headache. The home probably has not been well-maintained and you're a First Time Buyer adjusting to paying a mortgage. Do you really want to walk in the door to someone else's deferred maintenance that YOU will have to pay for? Also, if you're thinking there are deals to be had in terms of lower prices, mostly those "deals" go to professional investors who can pay cash, negotiate hard with a Lender, and close fast.

For Short Sales, my attitude of late is that First Time Buyers should steer clear. Short Sales tend to be a better deal for the homeowner than for the Buyer. You'll wait MONTHS for the homeowner's Lender to approve the short sale; maybe as long as Six or Seven Months. Meanwhile, you're stuck in a contract to buy that home. I closed a short sale recently with a Buyer who, after seven months said this at the closing table, "I don't even want this house anymore."

And he didn't even get the "deal" on price he thought he was getting! The house appraised for only slightly more than he paid for it at the short sale price. He walked into this deal thinking he was buying a home for $100,000 less than it's value. In the end that wasn't the case.

There are plenty of motivated Sellers with their homes listed on your local MLS. Go find a good Local Mortgage Banker, get prequalified, then find a great, experienced Realtor, and buy the home you want at the price you're willing to pay.

Trevor Curran
NMLS #40140

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Mon Apr 29, 2013
Lawrence Gray answered:
As Russ indicated below, he updated MLS after it sold as he is required to do within 72 hours by MLS rules. Due to the nature of syndication sites, it is not a fluid process as the Trulia, Zillow and others receive the info from 3rd parties. It is impossible for real estate agents to update syndication sites as I know I have received inquirys from on properties up to 6 months after I sold it, and the individual found it on syndication sites I never heard of!

Solution? The most accurate and up to date are the Realtor search engines directly fed and updated by the MLS. Even better, I am able to not only provide the search capability BUT also creat custom searches that not only identify what is available right now, but immediately email you when something new on the market matches your search criteria, or something existing had a change, like a price reduction. You are one of the first to know! What could you do with that information. out in front of the crowd?

Here is a link to my website. http://www.orlandoshome.com/search.html That is actually a direct search provided by MLS. I will be updating it in the near future for map searches. Other than the search page, other pages introduce me plus ways to contact.
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Fri Apr 5, 2013
Nadine Mauro answered:
Hi Jean,

I don't see that cars in the driveway would decrease the value, unless the cars are old clunkers. If there are nice, new cars, or well maintained older cars there should be no effect.

Near me there is one neighborhood where one of the owners is an over the road trucker. When he is home he parks the tractor on the front lawn. That person is decreasing the value of all the homes around him. Nobody wants to see the tractor on the lawn.

Nadine Mauro
Highlight Realty
561-414-0864
NadineSellsHouses@gmail.com
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Fri Apr 5, 2013
Marta M. Rosario P.A answered:
I am an expert in Lake Mary/Heathrow area, I personally live here so I absolutely recommend you this area for living. It is a great area. If you need a Lender go to my website www.imsellingflorida.com and pick one of does Lenders, They may be able to help you.


Marta M. Rosario
Real Estate Expert
407-232-4333
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Mon Mar 25, 2013
Alex Galitsky answered:
Hi,

The house was sold in the beginning of this month, yes. Feel free to contact me with any questions. I will be more than happy to show you similar houses.

Alex Galitsky
www.TopOrlandoRealty.com
407-284-1213
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Thu Mar 21, 2013
Airman2o2@yahoo.com answered:
Check www.schooldigger.com for all Florida school rankings. Very Helpful. Best schools are in Oviedo. Carillon, Partin and Evans elementary schools
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Wed Mar 13, 2013
Marta M. Rosario P.A answered:
I agree Heathrow is an excellent community. I specialize in Lake Mary/Heathrow area, here is my personal website www.imsellingflorida.com where you can search the MLS directly from it. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this area.


Marta M. Rosario
Real Estate Agent
407-232-4333
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Eoj Mihkiel answered:
Don't forget to factor in HOA dues in your cost analysis. The sellers are supposed to reveal HOA fees and covenants to prospective buyers. I have found both sellers and seller agents to be cryptic on these issues, especially the covenants. Recent developments have revealed the HOA fees to be problematic in a down economy. Folks who don't pay the fees subject to hefty liens, attorney fees and being locked out. Before you buy, consider if an established older neighborhood without an HOA is more to your liking. Also Oviedo crime is so low, a gated community makes no sense at all, unless you like the image of living in a "cage".. ... more
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Eoj Mihkiel answered:
Brenda be sure to have the home inspected by a licensed independent (one you choose yourself) home inspector. Be as choosy with the inspector as with the house. Ask for sample reports, methods etc. Expect to spend $1000-1500. I did so and was surprised how much can be wrong in a house. In my case a lot of very amateurish plumbing repairs and electrical wiring done by a previous owner. Fortunately in my case, removing the offending work was not very costly. However had the house burned down due to sloppy wiring it would have been a mess. If the seller or agent attempt to hinder your inspections back away. If stuff turns up, you have leverage on price for a new roof or whatever is found. ... more
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Eoj Mihkiel answered:
While this won't answer your question directly, you should shop around and see if you can get a better deal by consolidating your home and auto insurance together. I was faced with hefty increases by State Farm although I was a long time client. I got a better deal through Liberty Mutual. Check the flood maps and DO NOT buy a home where flood insurance is recommended. The state has a sinkhole map, so far Oviedo is about the only area spared from these problems. Also check the area around the home for signs of local flooding or sinkholes before you buy. State Farm by the way offers their lowest rates in LEON County! Why do I mention this? Guess where the regulatory decisions on your insurance rates are made? Leon County of course. ... more
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Mon Mar 11, 2013
Eoj Mihkiel answered:
Maybe the seller made some costly repairs or improvements to the home and has increased the price to recover them.
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Wed Feb 27, 2013
Eileen Eskew answered:
You really can't go wrong in either Oviedo nor Winter Springs. There are several parks, the Aquatic Center, RiversidePark, and the cross seminole nature trail for running, walking or biking. The Blue Dolphins USA Swim team also practice year round at the Oviedo Aquatic Center. Both High Schools in Oviedo and the one in Winter Springs are high rated. I have a daughter at Oviedo High and a son completing Lawton Elementary soon to enter Jackson Middle school. Oviedo High has so many teams and clubs and activities, there are 17 buildings, it's like a small college campus. It is also a closed secure campus....check it out, they love to give tours. I have posted school links on my webpage under local info. ... more
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Thu Feb 14, 2013
Georgina Villa O'Bryan answered:
An apartment is generally a rental. A condo has a Condo Association and the units within the condo building are owned by different owners. The owner can be an individual or corporation. Same concept with a townhome.. Has a Homeowners association and owned by individual owners. The associations handle the common areas for the condo and townhome communities. ... more
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