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Home Buying in West Palm Beach : Real Estate Advice

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Wed Sep 21, 2011
Eder Hanna answered:
Which community are you referring to?
Please contact me at 561 577 6079 or at so we can talk
more about your real estate needs.

Eder Hanna
Keystone Realty
561 577 6079
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
Scott Godzyk answered:
The variable is if it is above ground, usually $0, if inground the key is its age, condition, size of the yard and is it common for house sto have a pool or do most homes not have a pool. IG pools can add $10,000 to $30,000 depending on the pool, patio and the other factors. the most importtantthing is do you want a pool? if you are going to use it, take the pool, if you dont swim, than you dont need a pool. ... more
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Mon Aug 1, 2011
Tim Moore answered:
You are getting into legal position since the buyer of the property could sue if the seller decided to default on the contract. You're better approach might be to offer the buyer a sum of money to default and walk away and then you could walk in. The buyer might loose his earnest money so I would guess they would want that much and more to give up the house. The real estate agent could also sue the seller for the commission it sounds like they earned, so there might be more you need to spend to make it all work. Is it worth it? ... more
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Sat Jan 31, 2015
Craig Fialkowski answered:
Lois, your question depends on they size and location of they unit in Golden Lakes. If you can be more specific if you are looking for a one, two bedroom unit would allow me to narrow down the numbers.

Craig Fialkowski
Realty Elite
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Thu Jan 31, 2013
Tammy Hayes answered:
With a single family home you pay all of the costs. If you buy a townhouse in a community, the HOA fee usually covers maintenance and buillding. You would just get insurance for the interior and contents. It really depends on where the single family home and townhouse are located (meaning if they are both in a deed restricted community with an HOA fee or not).

A deed restricted community is where the community has a homeowner association that has rules and regulations pertaining to the use of land and the look of the neighborhood. Usually it is initiated by the developer. Most deed restricted communities require a homeowner association fee to continue the upkeep of the community.

Each deed restricted community has different rules. Deed restrictions can include the size of home allowed on the lot, paint colors for the exterior of the home, as well as lawn maintenance, landscaping, and some even regulate tree-cutting. Some communities do not allow the storage of campers, trailers, or cars that don't run or vehicles with company names or logos on them. They can dictate what types of materials a fence can be made out of, or even not allow fences at all. Another restriction might be regarding pets. Some will only allow one pet or limit the breed and size of the pet. Building additional structures on the lot such as a shed or gazebo can also be restricted.

Some of the benefits of living in a deed restricted community are that amenities are often included. These can be anything from golfing, use of swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, or even a club house. These amenities are owned by the members of the community and are common ground. Another benefit is that communities with deed restrictions maintain their value and are more desirable to potential buyers.

It is important to be aware of the deed restrictions on a property before making an offer. If you are thinking of buying a home in a deed restricted community, you will want to get a copy of the deed restrictions before you buy and read it over carefully. These can either be obtained from the seller or directly from the homeowner association.
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Sat Jul 2, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
Hi Mado,

I believe, if it is your primary residence you have Homestead rights. He will not be able to get a mortgage or sell it without your acknowledgement. If it's an investment property then I don't believe he has to get your signatures to sell. So if you don't own another more expensive home, move in and then file for Homestead exemption at the Tax Collectors office.

Also if something were to happen to your husband, I believe you are entitled to a certain percentage of his estate--even if his will says you are to get less.

Here's an attoney's website that may help:

All the best,
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Sat Jun 4, 2011
Danielle Sharp answered:
Real estate professionals are legally prohibited from discussing crime rates. Your best option is to contact the local sheriff's dept and also try to find out what people are saying about the area. ... more
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Thu Jun 2, 2011
Lane Harris answered:
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Sat Jun 30, 2012
Sughey Argenal answered:

The rent rate averages from $900 to $1,300 on Dec. 2010 a unit rented for $1,300 and on Jan another for $1,250. In the past 6 months there have been about 22 rentals on the MLS.

Tenants are easy to find in Palm Beach County and Sterling Villages centrally located near shops main road and highways is a plus.

You can reach me at the number or email below.

Sue Argenal - Realtor®
Tel: 561-294-6060
Re/Max Direct
11924 Forest Hill Blvd
Wellington, FL 33405
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Tue May 17, 2011
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Thu May 5, 2011
Lori Hobin, PA answered:
I'm sorry to say that isn't the first time I've heard of this occurring. I would suggest that you speak with your Realtor and his/her company Broker for guidance. They will understand exactly what steps you can take. Good luck in your journey.

Lori Hobin, P.A.
Keller Williams Realty
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Sun May 1, 2011
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Tue Mar 4, 2014
Jose Morales answered:
We are a mortgage banker in West Palm Beach. If we can't do the deal in house we can broker it out. I have been in the mortgage business for 8 years. We have a buyer's education program from pre-approval to post closing because as my motto says "We Coach You Through the Mortgage Process", we like to keep clients informed before, during and at closing so no one can ever say "But I thought it would only cost...".

As far as the best and most aggressive, I leave that up to my clients to decide. But we constantly beat the major banks due to our low overhead. Give me a call or shoot me an email if there is a particular scenario that you would like to discuss.

Jose Morales
Florida Mortgage Coach
“We Coach You Through the Mortgage Process”
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Tue Apr 19, 2011
Vickie Meyer answered:
The first thing you need to decide is what type of area do you want....very active and busy party type place or quiet and laid back?
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Wed Apr 13, 2011
Chris Meyer answered:
Mon Mar 28, 2011
Chris Meyer answered:
Hello I Would be more then happy to help you feel free to give me a call or email
Have a great day
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Mon Aug 20, 2012
Diana De Paola Nardy answered:
Yes its an excellent place to buy. Demand is up however with all our foreclosures prices are still holding which means ....they will be steadily rising as our foreclosure market finishes up. Forecast for growth 2013 and for every year after on a steady basis. Please contact me for more detailed reports and questions at Kind regards, Diana ... more
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Tue Apr 5, 2011
Susanna Malmgren-Grubb PA answered:
There are some in Tequesta.
It's 40 min north of West Palm Beach.
Much closer to the beach...

Susanna Grubb
Illustrated Properties
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Sat Mar 19, 2011
Alma Kee answered:
Without a buyer's agent, you will certainly miss out on the very best deals--bank owned listings. You must have a strong preapproval (a full loan committment would be better) from an actual lender (or cash is best) and must go see the property the first day it comes on the market and submit your offer based on "market" value, not the listing price. Many bank owned listings get multiple offers so if you're not doing your homework and relying on the banks asking pricing as being "market price" you may lose out on a great deal by not offer "above" list price. Of course you have to do your due diligence to determine what is a bargain.

On Short Sales, the asking rice is ficticious and until the lender does their own independent appraisal and arrives at an acceptable selling price, you will not know what it will require to purchase that property.

Lastly on normal sales where a seller actually has equity (seldom in this market), you must not INSULT the seller with an absurdly low offer price if you intend to ever actually own the property.

Good luck!
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Mon Mar 21, 2011
Boris Russanov answered:
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