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Home Buying in 33545 : Real Estate Advice

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Sun Feb 1, 2015
Jason & Jen Catalanotto answered:
Most HOAs do not require insurance but they do recommend it
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
Terry answered:
More info......Uninhabited, 2008 1700 sq ft SFH, Never Lived In, Under Contract, Seller Disclosure CDW $60K Est., Inspection Clause, Closing 3 weeks, Estimate of Mitigation Verification Needed. Understand and 2-3 month mitigation process. Good value if $60K Accurate ... more
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Tue Mar 19, 2013
Tracy Hoyt answered:

I would love to help you in your relocation to FL from PA. I work in the Tampa area and can help answer your questions. Please feel free to email me at or send me a message through my profile on Trulia. I have knowledge about schools, neighborhoods, and area attractions that you may be interested in.

No pressure, just help.

Tracy Hoyt
Prudential Tropical Realty
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
Julie Rosenthal answered:
Hi, buky,
Florida's east coast offers a wide range of houses in your parents' price range with reasonable HOA fees and great community amenities. Please feel free to contact me for some suggestions. Thanks!
Julie Rosenthal, Broker / Property Brokers International mobile phone: (561)827-6789 Email: web:
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Fri Mar 1, 2013
Catherine Smith answered:
Dory, I have some information on the property you are inquiring. The owner(s) of record are in the Tampa bay area. Call me and I will be glad to assist you in facilitating an offer, or similar like property that fits you in your real estate needs and desires. You may also search MLS like an agent at link below as well, at your convenience. Direct: 813-388-3234

Catherine Smith, SFR, CSP, BPOR
Broker Associate/Realtor
Charles Rutenberg Realty, INC
Direct: 813-388-3234
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Wed Apr 18, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
Be very, very careful:
You may think that Lease/Option is your path to home ownership;
What may be in store for you may be something different:

There is no "boilerplate" contract for a Lease/Option; it may be written any way you, the Seller and some lawyers may chose to write it.
The Monthly payment, the amount allocated to the down payment, the term of the Option, the Selling Price, as well as the interest rate; all of these things should be decided now, today, for a set date in the future.
Do you know how much the property will be worth in 2015 or 2017?
Do you know what will be a good interest rate in the future?
What allowances will be made if you are not able to execute at the time proscribed?

In otherwords, how desperate are you and do the Sellers know it?
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Thu Apr 26, 2012
Marie Barakat answered:
I would recommend contacting a couple banks/lenders and asking them. They will ask you a few questions to find out how much you are making, what your current expenses are and check your credit and they will be able to give you advice about different loans you may be eligible for. Please feel free to contact me if you would like some names of lenders I have worked with in the past for first time home buyers. ... more
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Mon Apr 9, 2012
Jason Gorton answered:
You can always negotiate. Remember that everyone in the builders sales office is representing the builder and their interests. Even if they are your sales agent helping you design your home and pick upgrades.

I recomend having a buyer's agent that can assist you with comparable sales and the negotiation process. If that is not the route you choose, the more information you can arm yourself with the better. Be sure to get comparable sales of similar homes and factor in upgrades.

Best of luck!
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Mon Apr 9, 2012
Jeffery Lonas answered:
Alejandra, your not daydreaming!
The 1st step would be to see how much you can be pre-approved for your VA loan.
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Tue Oct 30, 2012
Michael Emery answered:
If you weren't working with your own agent at the time that you made your initial offer, how did you determine the value of the property at that time and how did you decide on your offer of $180,000?

Are you willing to counter at a number closer to the banks counter offer or are you attempting to justify your initial offer? If so, what proof do you have that your initial offer was correct? Keep in mind that since your initial offer was made, the market may have either drifted upwards or downwards as the market continues to be volatile - depending on the neighborhood of the location of the home.

Would you be willing to pay for either an appraisal or broker price opinion and would the sellers be willing to allow a professional into the home to do a current market valuation? I don't think you could get a real estate agent to assist you without compensation as they probably wouldn't be compensated by the sellers / bank at such a late date AND you are using the listing agent as your agent. And due to fiduciary responsibility rules the agent really can't help either party determine price and strategy as doing so would benefit one client while hurting the other.

If you don't end up getting the house, next time use your own buyers agent.
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Thu Mar 24, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
This home sold for $149k in November 2011. Did you see it listed for sale by owner? It doesn't appear on the Realtor MLS system as being for sale.

If you're not yet working with a Realtor, you're welcome to sign up for a free ListingBook account to browse truly active listings on my website:

Hope this helps.

Alma Rose Kee, PA
Future Home Realty
13045 W. Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33626
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Thu Mar 3, 2011
Ainsley Daux answered:
Hi Johana,
Im pretty sure Meadow Pointe do not have any new construction but there are newer homes availble. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Ainsley Daux
Home Run Real Estate inc
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Tue Jan 11, 2011
Tony McMahon answered:
If you have an agent, you could ask them to contact the listing agent for the property and ask for photos, The listing agent would have taken initial photos when they got the listing and or photos for the BPO to help the bank or investor price the property. ... more
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Mon Jan 10, 2011
Jamie Devine Brown answered:
It is a short sale and it is under contract. The current offer has been presented to the sellers bank and it could take a few months before they close on it. Can I help you with your home search? If so, let me know what you are looking for and I will try and assist you. ... more
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Wed Nov 10, 2010
Keith Houtz answered:
This is a short sale where the Buyer is responsible for the negotiator fees. What information do you need?
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Thu Nov 4, 2010
Dan Tavares answered:
Are you looking at a bank owned property?
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Tue Jul 13, 2010
Bill Szydlowski answered:

Let me know if you want to go over how it can be accomplished.

Bill Szydlowski
Future Home Realty
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Fri Jan 29, 2010
Anna M Brocco answered:
What is your attorney and or agent advising--and why are you signing documents if you don't know what they are--without knowing exactly what was signed, it sounds like you're almost there if all you're waiting for is the recording--again what is your agent and or attorney suggesting. ... more
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Tue Jan 26, 2010
Mark LeMenager answered:
What is your concern? Is the lender aware of the work that needs to be done? Will you be using a credit card to finance the repairs or do you need a personal loan? Hard to say what is or is not OK from such a short description. Good luck, enjoy your new home. ... more
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