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Alma Kee, Real Estate Pro in Tampa, FL
Tue Jul 27, 2010
Alma Kee answered:
Dear Angel Mommy,

You can find the Pinellas County taxes for a specifific property here:

http://www.taxcollect.com/Content.aspx?ContentID=452

Just be careful that what the current owner pays may be significantly less than what you will pay. We have a
"Save our Homes" homestead provision that prevents the "assessed value" from increasing by more than 3% per year. Long time owners may show a much lower tax than you will pay.

Other counties may have lower property tax but you may end up paying higher homeowner insurance because of sinkhole problems. Also some planned communities charge an extra tax - Community Development District Tax in addition to Homeowners Association fees. This can add up to thousands of extra dollars.

If you would like to search properties on my site, there's no obligation and it will give you more details than most website. Click on the link below.

Hope this helps.
Alma
Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realtu
813.244.9898
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Robert Green…, Real Estate Pro in Cherry Hill, NJ
Thu May 20, 2010
Robert Greenblatt answered:
Hi Joanne. You can find additional homes at:
http://www.myhomerenter.com

Robert Greenblatt
Keller Williams
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Anna M Brocco, Real Estate Pro in Williston Park, NY
Thu May 20, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
You may wish to ask your question again and attach a link or give an address so that your question may be answered accordingly--in the meantime any local agent can help you, contact any realty office(s) and inquire or contact any local Trulia contributor(s) directly and ask. ... more
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Voices Member,  in Benton County, OR
Sat Aug 15, 2009
Voices Member answered:
Garry,

The process of selecting your agent (Interviewing ect,) should and will take time as determining whose services
you decide to hire is an important one.

Being pre-approved to view homes is not a rule or law but a preference for some agents. A Consumer can consider the agents preferences in their selection /hiring process.

You are a consumer who wishes to make an informed decision and are taking steps to do so. One of those steps is viewing some properties to become familiar with the market so you can make important decisions about a large financial commitment YOU will be responsible for.

There are many agents who will help you view properties without the (You must be pre-approved first). This may be something for YOU to consider as a factor in your selection process.

In the Current housing market, it is also a Buyers Market for those choosing an agent so choose one who will show properties as there are many excellent agents who will do so.

You are the one doing the Hiring and the Agents are the ones selling services. Shop for the Agent you need to fit your situation. They are there and when you find them,it will be well worth it for both of you..

Good luck and make arrangements to view some properties.
Dunes
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Pamela Cohn, Real Estate Pro in Clearwater, FL
Mon Aug 10, 2009
Pamela Cohn answered:
Hi Roger,

Sorry for the delay, out showing all weekend. I agree, Realtor Jargon can makes the issues more confusing.

You should interview agents to find one you are comfortable with. It's good to meet before you actually go out looking or at least have a phone conversation, going over your needs, what the different types of sale entail (i.e. short sale, bank owned, estate, or regular seller). You should feel free to ask them questions too. What areas do they work in? How long have they been in real estate? I reccomend you choose one who is a full time professional realtor. Are they members of the local Board of Realtors, Fla. Assoc. of Realtors and the National Assoc. of Realtors? Don't assume it. Not everyone is. Members must follow a "Code of Ethics".

When you find one you like do your home searching with one agent. Of course you want them to be looking out for your best interests. You may find something right away or it could take months. The agent you choose is going to be spending a lot of time researching and showing you properties and only get's paid if a transaction closes. This is where commitment is a two way street between you and your agent. This is also where I disagree with Annette about going to a different franchise if the house you are looking at is listed with the same company that your realtor works with. If you choose a realtor with any of the larger companies, this would mean swiching realtors everytime you wanted to see a house someone in their company was listing. Using different agents for every house may lead to your getting less experienced desperate agents.

If you choose a house your agent has listed then you and your agent might want to dicuss having someone else do your side of the contract. If you have a developed a good relationship with them, you may still want them to do it. Only you can make that decision when the time comes.

In Florida we do not have " Dual Agency" as one of the other agents brought up. We have Single Agent, Transaction Agent or No Brokerage. As of July 2008 (maybe it was 2007, but I think it was 2008) all agents are to be assumed Transaction agents, unless a disclosure is signed stating otherwise.

Here is a detailed explanation of each taken right from the Florida Association of Realtors as to the responsibilities of each. These would be listed on the disclosure.

SINGLE AGENT NOTICE
FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES THAT REAL ESTATE LICENSEES OPERATING AS SINGLE AGENTS DISCLOSE TO BUYERS
AND SELLERS THEIR DUTIES.
As a single agent,
and its associates owe to you the following duties:
1. Dealing honestly and fairly;
2. Loyalty;
3. Confidentiality;
4. Obedience;
5. Full disclosure;
6. Accounting for all funds;
7. Skill, care, and diligence in the transaction;
8. Presenting all offers and counteroffers in a timely manner, unless a party has previously directed the licensee otherwise
in writing; and
9. Disclosing all known facts that materially affect the value of residential real property and are not readily observable.

TRANSACTION BROKER NOTICE
As a transaction broker,__________________________________
and its associates, provides to you a limited form of representation that includes the following duties:
1. Dealing honestly and fairly;
2. Accounting for all funds;
3. Using skill, care, and diligence in the transaction;
4. Disclosing all known facts that materially affect the value of residential real property and are not readily observable to the buyer;
5. Presenting all offers and counteroffers in a timely manner, unless a party has previously directed the licensee otherwise in writing;
6. Limited confidentiality, unless waived in writing by a party. This limited confidentiality will prevent disclosure that the seller will accept a price less than the asking or listed price, that the buyer will pay a price greater than the price submitted in a written offer, of the motivation of any party for selling or buying property, that a seller or buyer will agree to financing terms other than those offered, or of any other information requested by a party to remain confidential; and
7. Any additional duties that are entered into by this or by separate written agreement.
Limited representation means that a buyer or seller is not responsible for the acts of the licensee. Additionally, parties are giving up their rights to the undivided loyalty of the licensee. This aspect of limited representation allows a licensee to facilitate a real estate transaction by assisting both the buyer and the seller, but a licensee will not work to represent one party to the
detriment of the other party when acting as a transaction broker to both parties.

NO BROKERAGE RELATIONSHIP NOTICE
FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES THAT REAL ESTATE LICENSEES WHO HAVE NO BROKERAGE RELATIONSHIP WITH A
POTENTIAL SELLER OR BUYER DISCLOSE THEIR DUTIES TO SELLERS AND BUYERS.
As a real estate licensee who has no brokerage relation

Pam
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Pamela Cohn, Real Estate Pro in Clearwater, FL
Fri Aug 7, 2009
Pamela Cohn answered:
S & R Romeo,

If you are still looking to relocate to Tarpon Springs we would be glad to assist you.

If you would like us to send you an invitation to Listingbook let us know. It is a free service we provide for our clients, which shows all the listings in MLS matching your search requirements, when the prices change and when they are sold. It's a great way to relearn the area before you get here. Once you are in, you can alter your search by yourself, as any of your requirements change. Let us know if you are interested.

Pam Cohn
Broker Associate CDM, GRI
Prudential Tropical Realty
pcohn@prutropical.com
727-204-7155
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Pamela Cohn, Real Estate Pro in Clearwater, FL
Fri Aug 7, 2009
Pamela Cohn answered:
Linda,

Tarpon Springs is the furthest north town in Pinellas County. Generally speaking, the further north you go the less expensive price wise . Flip side is the further north you go, the further away you are from major activities including some of the worlds most beautiful beaches andTampa airport. Also as stated by others, in Pasco county, Holiday up through Springhill almost everything west of US 19 needs flood insurance. Property taxes are generally lower, but insurance is generally higher.

First question is: What is the purpose of your vacation home? Is it for you and just to get away from weather and rest or are you looking for easy access to activities? Are you looking to rent it out when you are not using it? This will affect where you want to look. Everyones needs are different.

As a vacation home, you may want to consider a condo, villa or townhome where the outsides are maintained as part of your monthly fee, keeping it worry free when you're not here. It's important to see what else the monthly covers, since this may make renting it easier. That is how we started back in the 80's before we relocated here permanently.

If you would like us to send you an invitation to Listingbook let us know. It is a free service we provide for our clients, which shows all the listings in MLS matching your search requirements, when the prices change and when they are sold. It's a great way to start learning about the area before you make a trip here. Once you are in, you can alter your search by yourself, as any of your requirements change. Let us know if you are interested.

Pam Cohn
Broker Associate CDM, GRI
Prudential Tropical Realty
pcohn@prutropical.com
727-204-7155
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Loretta Buck…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Sun Aug 2, 2009
Loretta Buckner answered:
I have a great $480,000 foreclosure in Tarpon Springs! Over 3500 sq ft, brand-new construction never-lived in--walking distance to two schools and less then a mile from Fred Howard Park!

Who wants to mess with shorts sales when there are deals like this?!? See it Online:
www.TarponSpringsTreasure.com


Otherwise, there are six lovely homes in Tarpon Springs with 3+ bedrooms, 2+ baths, and pools for under $200K--search with the link below!
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Loretta Buck…, Real Estate Pro in Palm Harbor, FL
Mon Feb 16, 2009
Loretta Buckner answered:
The Sherriff's department is a good general place to look for crime stats, as Darla and Martha pointed out, but Tarpon Springs has it's own City police force as well, if that makes any difference to you! ... more
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Bill Eckler, Real Estate Pro in Venice, FL
Fri Nov 7, 2008
Bill Eckler answered:
Philip,

Have you found a home in Florida? Since your posting, many prices have dropped considerably, making the time to buy even better.

Let us know if we can assist you.

The "Eckler Team"
Michael Saunders & Company
billeckler@michaelsaunders.com
941-408-5363
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