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Home Buying in 33414 : Real Estate Advice

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Wed May 9, 2012
Diana De Paola Nardy answered:
I would be delighted to assist you and work with many first time home buyers. Living in the downtown area for many decades there are several recommendations I would like to make to you.
Prices are going up and in $120-$180K range there is alot of competition for home buyers. Almost all mine have experienced bidding war situations.
Do you have a preapproval yet. You will need this before viewing any properties as once you see something you like an offer must be made immediately or you will lose the opportunity.
I have several first time home buyer morgage specialists to refer if it would be beneficial.
Please reach out to me if you would like more details. I look forward to assisting you on this exciting time in your life.
Kind regards,
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Fri Feb 22, 2013
Susanna Malmgren-Grubb PA answered:
They are not easy to come by especially not in that price range. Many buyers returning to the marketplace after short sales or foreclosures are also looking for properties with owner financing. I have several buyers looking for similar situations in Jupiter.

Any sellers willing to finance out there??

Good luck!!

Susanna Grubb
Illustrated Properties, Jupiter, FL
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Tue Apr 5, 2016
Kevin Gannon answered:
Hello Liza,
Good for you. You are asking the right questions. You should start now, looking for an agent.
Do your homework, the internet, friends, neighborhood, ask anyone you know of that has sold or bought a home in the past 6 to 12 months. This is a good place to start.
Most agents/Realtors have solid information of locating a loan officer or company ou in that will help you in your process. If there are any questions or you need any phone numbers please call or email.
Thank you,
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Wed May 9, 2012
Mary Ngati answered:
Regional MLS web is very resourceful, free sign up and log on from my web page
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Fri Oct 19, 2012
Mary Ngati answered:
Free sign up and log on to MLS at
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Fri Apr 20, 2012
Susanna Malmgren-Grubb PA answered:
There are several options for international mortgages. Generally, if you get a line of credit in your country of origin your % down and interest rate will be much lower.

Also, you need to decide if you are buying the property as an individual or a company. This will have huge implications especially for your family.

One of the international local mortgage brokers I work with is Michael Schwartz 561-371-5625.

Good luck!!
Susanna Grubb
Illustrated Properties
Christie's Affiliate, Jupiter, FL
(561) 827-2952
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Thu Apr 19, 2012
Mary Ngati answered:
In most cases the buyer.
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Sat Jan 11, 2014
Corey Grushin answered:
Buying a home in a 55 + yr old community requires that all members of the household be at least that age or older so the answer is no you probably couldn't live their. If you wanted to sublet you would have to study the bi-laws of the developement or ask the association if possible. ... more
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Thu Mar 22, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
Nothing is attached showing anyone the address of what you were looking at.
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Fri Apr 20, 2012
Karina Leal answered:
I would be glad to help. You may reach me at 561-350-3503.
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Sun Mar 11, 2012
Ada Sanchez answered:
Check on the legal description. It could also be call a Townhouse. Depend on how it was set up.
Your real estate agent should be able to help. Good luck

Ada Sanchez
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Fri Mar 9, 2012
Marilyn Farber Jacobs answered:
NONE. See - read first item and listen to video with Shiller of Case-Shiller who does well respected predictions. It's going to be a while.

Part of the problem:
jobs are not plentiful
lots of shadow inventory yet to sell (millions of properties)
economy not improved

If you want to buy or sell, do it now, using a proven, competent, experienced Realtor. RIGHT NOW, the market is hopping!

Marilyn Jacobs
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Thu Mar 8, 2012
Nadine Mauro answered:
Quick response to buyer's questions.

Asks tons of qualifying questions. Size, Price, Pets, Schools, gated/not gated, amenities, etc.

Doesn't show buyers homes they specifically said they don't want.

Doesn't show homes ridiculously out of the buyers price range.

When you show homes ask for feedback as you go. Note the buyers likes & dislikes. Don't show any more houses that they've already said they don't like: neighborhood, size, amenities, amount of upgrades, etc.

Nadine Mauro
Highlight Realty
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Thu Apr 19, 2012
Bob Brubaker answered:
Michelle- There are buyer incentives offered on Fannie-Mae Homepath Listings.
On a particular listing this could include new appliances, But, this is not
" automatic" . The listing would extend such an incentive and the" offer to
purchase" would have to include the incentive as part of the deal.
go to for info on incentives and more from
Fannie-Mae' Contact me directly on Buying and Homepath too!

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Fri Oct 18, 2013
Bob Brubaker answered:
S&S Your Broker or your Banker or property Manager should be good sources too!
Contact me and I'll share some of mine !

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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Ginny and Marc Gagne answered:
It is actually under contract. It is a short sale so the bank must approve the offer. Would you be interested in any other similar properties in Northwood? If so, please contact me via email: and I'll send you other listings in the neighborhood.


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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Vickie Meyer answered:
Once your contract is accepted and signed by the seller, someone, hopefully an experienced short sale processor, contacts the lender and is assigned a negotiator. That processor and negotiator work on the paperwork, sometimes submitting information multiple times. At some point the lender makes a decision to either accept the offer or to counter. It's even possible the property could be foreclosed on during the process. I have had a short sale accepted within 1 day and have one now that we've been waiting over 6 months so there is no set time frame. Other pitfalls include never getting the short sale approved, doing inspections prior to a title search. The title search might find other liens against the property which either the buyer can pay or you don't close. These liens can range from IRS liens to HOA, utitlity company liens and more. I have had situations where HOA's required landscape work done before they would issue an approval. Since the seller isn't doing the work the buyer has to do it without knowing for sure if they will close. As you can, it's not a simple process and you need an experienced agent on your side and hope the listing agent knows what they are doing. If you have any other questions or would like an agent in the WPB area please contact me at or 561-625-5555. ... more
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Chris Schilling answered:
The myth of location location location being the criteria for buying a home only works if you have an unlimited budget. Location is actually a subset of price. 

First understand what you qualify for comfortably-work with a Mortgage professional to determine your budget.

Second draw a circle based in distance you would consider driving/commuting to your job. (ia that 10 minutes, 30 minutes?)

Third - identify neighborhoods in the circle that are in your budget- drive the neighborhoods to see which ones you like best.

Fourth- find a Real Estate professional that specializes in these locations/neighborhoods to help you with the rest of the process.

There are many great agents out there, but not all of them have specific knowledge of the areas that you will be focused on, I'm a Broker owner of a firm and am in the process of relocating to Denver. One of the agents showed us several homes in the area at the top end of our budget and nothing seemed to click. We ended up renting. In doing our circle excursive we found an area in Denver that meets all of our criteria that is $100,000 under our budget that they never showed us,

Do your research, find professionals to work with, and the rest will be easy!

I always appreciate the thumbs up and if you really like my answer, reward me with the "Best Answer" I really appreciate it!


Chris Schilling, ABR,CRS,GRI,GREEN
Turbo Realty
Direct: 832-607-8073
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Joan Lorberbaum Moore answered:
It is difficult for me to provide you with an answer without knowing which subdivision within Ibis you own. I've just checked the MLS and there are 212 Ibis properties for sale - - 12 of those are "contingent" and of those 12 three are short sales. And, sixteen of the remaining 200 are also short sales.

If you want you can send me the address (or at least the subdivision) and I can pull up recent sold listings similar to yours. Personally, I've seen declines as much as 60% from the high of our market but hopefully yours won't be as much.

Broker Associate, GRI
Lang Realty
9858 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496
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Mon Mar 5, 2012
Michael & Maureen Grean answered:
All costs are potentially negotiable. Sellers normally pay the transfer tax and title insurance costs but either or both can be shifted to the Buyer.
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