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34608 : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 4, 2016
Alysse Musgrave answered:
The bank doesn't want to loan you money to buy something that isn't structurally sound. Remember that you're only putting 3.5% down on the property (I'm assuming). The bank is putting up 96.5%. It's not unreasonable for them to know their investment is safe.

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Tue Sep 29, 2015
Jeri Patrick answered:
I would contact a local real estate agent to see if this home is on the market. Best of luck
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Sun Aug 2, 2015
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Mon May 4, 2015
Kirsten Prizzi 239-248-1667 answered:
I would call a professional immediately if you see a sinkhole on your property or nearby.
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Wed Sep 24, 2014
Diane Christner answered:
This question is asked a lot. Whether it's a good time for YOU to buy a home depends on your answers to a number of questions.

For example, why do you want to purchase a home?
Is it because you think owning a home is a good investment?
Or the payments will be cheaper than the rent you are currently paying?

Owning a home means you have more control over what you can do with your residence -- you can hang whatever you want on the walls, remodel, change the landscaping, etc. However, you the homeowner are also responsible for all maintenance to that home vs notifying the landlord that there's an issue. Roofs, AC/heat, electrical or plumbing problems can all take a big bite out of your savings. You need to weight the benefits of home ownership vs the benefits of renting for your personal circumstances.

What are your long term goals in purchasing a home?
Do you plan to live in it for years, raise a family there?
Or are you hoping to cash out and turn a profit as soon as home prices rise sufficiently?

Your answers could have an impact on the size of home you purchase, the location, even the type of loan you will need.

Along the lines of that question, how long do you plan to stay in this location?
Do you think your job or other commitments may lead to your moving in a year or two?
If so, renting may be a better option than buying and having to resell in a rather short period of time.

Do you have enough cash set aside to purchase a home? Money to cover a down payment, closing costs, homeowner's insurance, etc? Do you have cash set aside for emergency repairs that may come along after you buy a home?

When you are comparing buying vs renting, are you calculating in the taxes and insurance with the monthly payment should you buy a home? Don't forget the "hidden costs" of home ownership when comparing the two options.

If you are getting a mortgage, have you sat down and gone through the numbers with a lender? What type of loan do you qualify for? FHA, VA, conventional? What are the estimated closing costs? How much money does the lender require you to have in your savings at closing as reserves?

What kind of home do you want? Neighborhoods? School districts? Nearby amenities? Can you afford at this time to purchase the type of home in a neighborhood that meets your desires? If not, are you willing to compromise on the home/neighborhood to stay within your budget?

2014 may be the right time for you to buy a home, depending on your answer to the above questions. If you think your decision through carefully and get your finances in order before you purchase a home, you are more likely to have a positive home buying experience.

Best of luck to you, whichever way your decision ultimately leads you.
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Wed Sep 24, 2014
Cheryl Peters answered:
The seller must disclose any and all information they know about the home. Houses with repaired/unrepaired sink holes are now on the the property appraisers website.
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Sat Apr 26, 2014
Rob Arnold answered:
Our firm buys heavily damaged properties like this. We have bought many many sinkhole houses in Florida. We buy them for cash, then fix them up. Member Better Business Bureau of Central Florida. Licensed real estate broker.

Stop by our site or call 407-739-5773.

Robert Arnold
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Thu Sep 26, 2013
Margaret Reyes answered:
I would love to help anyone in the Hernando County area that would like to do a short sale on their property. Please contact me for more information at 352-279-5783
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Thu Oct 6, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you are not familiar with the area, you may wish to revisit now and inform yourself with all the neighborhood has to offer; keep in mind opinions oftentimes are subjective, what may be good for one is not necessarily the case for another... ... more
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Wed Aug 10, 2011
Ross Hardy answered:
Hi Todd

Trulia now have certain statistics on their website. Here is the link to some of them, hope that you find them helpful.
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Fri Jan 14, 2011
Gerard Carney answered:
The best information is that right from the horse's mouth. Newly Elected Sheriff AL NIENHUIS wil give you the most accurate rate and data possible. You can best access this information and get un to date contact information from the following link: just copy and paste that to your browser. ... more
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Mon Aug 2, 2010
Gerard Carney answered:
The house is possible still for sale by the owner, they may have decided that the could do better on their own. Not a good choice since it was through a realtor efforts that the property got notice! Good news is that if you contact one of us, we can make an offer to the owner for you. Sales are a difficult process and it would be wise for both buyer and sell to have at least a realtor on one side of the process! ... more
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Mon Jul 19, 2010
Gerard Carney answered:
Just check the yard for a sign, whether he be selling by agent or by owner, the sign will be the answer!
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Mon Jul 19, 2010
Gerard Carney answered:
All you need to do right now is pick a Realtor, amnyone of us will show you hundreds of homes that fit the bill!
So Clyde get that home listed and start looking!
Oh! I'm a Realtor! Gerard Carney, Exit Success Realty, 352-206-2371, ... more
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Mon Jun 7, 2010
Lori Ann Bugliaro, P.A. answered:
Hi Clyde & Barb,
I did a map based search for you on our local MLS and came up with 3 homes around the area you specified. You can copy & paste the link below into your web browser to view them. There were many more in that area but all are under contract. Feel free to contact me if you need further information. I can also set you up to receive any new listings that may come up after today in that area. Let me know. Thank you.

Best Regards,
Lori Ann Bugliaro, P.A.
White Diamond Realty
Weeki Wachee, FL
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Tue Oct 27, 2009
Joshua Hanoud answered:
Hi Darlene,

As far as I'm aware, the only sinkholes that get recorded with the county are the ones that get repaired (permits are required). I would check with the South West Flood Water Management District website at for more information about sinkholes.

I hope this was helpful for you.

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Mon Sep 7, 2009
Phil Moody answered:

How are you going to feel WHEN gas goes up to $5.00 a gallon the next time?
What if your next job is in St. Petersburg or by MacDill AFB?

Transportation costs will only rise in the future. That's why homes are cheaper up there. Nobody but retirees
want to live so far away from everything.

Good luck with the new job.

Phil Moody
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