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Tue Jul 27, 2010
Jane Grant answered:
Here's a website to the Tax Assessors office:
to help you out until you get an agent from the area to answer specific questions. ... more
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Mon Jul 5, 2010
Mott Marvin Kornicki answered:

It appears that it is too late for the buyer to walk away. Best to have your attorney or title company tell you what your contract conditions are.

Mott in Miami Happy 4th of July ... more
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Thu May 20, 2010
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Joanne,

You didn't include the address so you will need to repost with the address or link to the property.

All the best,
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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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Thu May 13, 2010
Loretta Buckner answered:
Lease-options are pretty hard to find, Cathy--but if you check my website ( I try to post any there I come across, and if I know your criteria (size, location and price) I can keep my ayes and ears open. I have had some success matching up investors wishing to purchase short sales who then lease-option them back to an end buyer such as yourself.

You can also sign up for a free Listingbook account and search for homes there--it makes communication easy for both me and you, because I can flag properties that may have potential.

Good luck--contact me if you have any questions!
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Mon Aug 2, 2010
Mark LeMenager answered:
I'm not a local, but I have family in Tarpon Springs and have been visiting the place for 15 years. We always have a great time there.
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Fri Feb 12, 2010
John Bennett answered:
Best way to sell is to find a local Realtor (I am NOT local to these spots). They will know the Value of the property so that it is priced right.

If giving seveal listings I would ask him to lower his rate on his share. (NOT THE BUYERS SIDE) Example if his rate is 10% ask him to give 5% to the Buyers agent and take 3% for himself 8% total.

VERY hard market to sell in!!!!

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Sun Jun 3, 2012
Julia Fishel answered:
Hi Jay,

Both are great sister towns. You might also really enjoy Dunedin. It really depends what you're looking for. If you want to be on the gulf with a view, you'll actually find more options in Tarpon Springs and Dunedin. If perhaps you love golf, you mike really enjoy one of the condo communities by the Innisbrook golf course (see this link if you're a golfer . )

Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor and Dunedin are all beautiful coastal communities in Pinellas County. Crime is unheard of, people are friendly, and all are just a few minutes from the beach, shopping, nightlife, schools and more. And everything's on sale!

One thing to keep in mind is that financing is a tad tricky on some condo communities, and there are some ins and outs regarding that and you'll want an agent and a lender that are active in the area and attuned to today's market. Best part is, everything's on sale!

Give us a call at 727-366-0325 to chat and we'll better able to guide you. Sometimes it helpful to just bounce ideas around with an area expert.

Kind Regards,


Julia & Matt Fishel
Managing Agents of Suncoast Parnters
Keller Williams Realty
35095 US Hwy 19 N. #100
Palm Harbor FL 34684
(727)366-0324 Julia
(727)366-0325 Matt
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Thu Jan 28, 2010
Aileen Kane answered:
Hi Garry, since purchasing a home is such a huge investment, financially and emotionally, it is a very good idea to start to meet and interview agents prior to that investment. I have worked with clients for a year prior to their purchasing a home. It is important that you have the right fit. One thing to consider would be looking to work with an Exclusive Buyers Agent. An EBA does not work with seller,s nor work for an office that works with sellers so they can provide complete loyalty to you! Also spending time getting to know the neighborhoods is an excellent idea prior to purchase, so starting early, a good idea! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor area. I have worked those areas for over 5 years and know the neighborhoods well.
Aileen Kane
Exclusively Buyers Realty
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Mon Aug 10, 2009
Pamela Cohn answered:

A Buyer's agent is working with Buyers and a Listing agent is the agent is Marketing the property for the Seller. Listing agents market to every other agent out there and to Buyers. An exclusive Buyers agent is only working with Buyers.

Sometimes newer agents start working as a Buyers agent for another agent or as part of a team. Some agents just prefer working with buyers only. Most full time professional agents list property also. Think of it like a business. You need to have merchandise to sell it. The balance is having enough inventory to draw buyers, but not so much that you can't give them all the marketing attention they need.

Sometimes a Buyers agent is a "Single Agent" vs. a "Transaction agent" representing the Buyer. In Florida, unless Single agency is declared, all agents are assumed to be "Transaction agents".

A listing agent will usually not be a "Single agent", because it prohibits any other agent working in the same brokerage company from showing the property, unless they had a "No Brokerage" relationship with the Buyer. As a "Transaction Agent" we can work with either party.

Why don't all Buyer's want a "Single Agent" vs. a "Transaction Agent"? There are certain responsibilites and liabilities that go with each. The one liability which most Buyer's don't like in a "Single Agency" is that they could be liable for their agent's actions. It is a good sales pitch for Buyer's agent's, but often the agent doesn't realize the liabilities it carries. That is why in Florida, unless otherwise stated, all agents are "Transaction Agents" and must treat both sides honestly and ethically.

If you would like to know more about :
Single Agency
Transaction Agency
No Brokerage Relationship

Email or call me.

Pam Cohn
Broker Associate CDM, GRI
Prudential Tropical Realty
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Fri Aug 7, 2009
David Chamberlain answered:
Also is the credit looked at combined or they will consider my credit first?

Qualification? primary borrower

Rate is based on lower borrower

2nd? for the loan process I have the option of paying off all of my debt before the relocation. Would it be better to eliminate all debt or will this reflect negatively on the credit report? Depends on the debt

3rd ? I read something about FL offering a downpayment assistance program for buyers who have not owned a house within the past 3 years. Any Idea where I can get info on this? We have a couple of programs but it depends on the area

4th ? Are most homes up to code with hurricane standards or do these codes depend on they year the house was built? If so what years encompass the best standards?

Built before 1959 and after 1994 is better, but codes change so the might not be up to todays standards, make sure you get what we call a deal killer inspector, I have one if you need him.He takes about a half a day to inspect the home.
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Sat Mar 1, 2014
David Chamberlain answered:
For Va loans you do not need a down payment.

For USDA loans you do not need a down payment but you would have to pick a rural are in florida, pinellas is not rural.

For FHA you need 3.5% down payment.

More info on my blog:
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Wed Jan 26, 2011
Jamie Everett answered:
As you already suspect, real estate values may not rebound adequately in time for your balloon payment. I recommend that you have a real estate attorney carefully review all the terms written into your contract with the builder. It is likely that the contract provides terms for what would happen if you were unable to make your payment at the end of three years. It is unlikely that any of those terms provide any easy solutions for you. Act now to prepare yourself by knowing your legal and financial options. ... more
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Tue Mar 24, 2009
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Sun Aug 2, 2009
Lisa Reeves answered:
I have attached the listings in the Tarpon Springs area that meet your requirements. As a buyer's agent I am able to get you into any listed property in the area allowing you to see everything with one person on your schedule. Buyers agents are paid by the seller or the bank whomever is in control of the property. There were three bank-owns in the list as well. Contact me if you want to see any property. Thanks. ... more
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Fri Aug 7, 2009
Kathleen answered:
I am the Broker of an Exclusive Buyer Agency. I have been in Real Estate since 2001 and have run my own Exclusive Buyer Agency since 2003. I am a member of (National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents). I have personally sold over 60 homes in the area and have some of the testimonials on my website.

I feel I can offer you and your family the services you need to fulfil your house purchase.
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Fri Aug 7, 2009
Mott Marvin Kornicki answered:
A Local Realtor® will easily be able to tell you why the big differnce in price between the two areas. I'm in South Florida on the East Coast. For example; South Beach prices, for the most part are much higher than neighboring Miami Beach. Our office is located in Sunny Isles Beach- just south of Golden Beach, FL ~ Golden Beach has prices in the range of $2K per square foot - oceanfront, where just 1 block away is Hallandale Beach with prices in the low $200K's per square foot. ... more
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Mon Feb 16, 2009
Bill Eckler answered:

The best resource for this information is the local police department or county sheriff's departmant. They have access to the most current and accurate information and are generally very willing to be helpful.

Good luck
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Mon Jan 5, 2009
Michael Ceparano answered:
Depends on several issues including, the listing agent, your agent, the lender, paperwork already completed, BPO completion, etc. If you would like some guidance, feel free to contact me. Good Luck ... more
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