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Tue Jan 17, 2012
Ron Thomas answered:
This is REALLY one of those times when you have to consult an Attorney;
You probably should have before now.

Good luck and may God bless
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Wed Jan 18, 2012
Tim Moore answered:
Since Florida is a deficiency state the bank can come after the ex owner for the deficiency of what was owed vs what they sold it for. I am not sure what methods they use but "if" you can buy anytime soon after a foreclosure you might want to run that past a lawyer. I would not think it would not be too easy to buy again anytime soon unless you use cash. ... more
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Thu Oct 25, 2012
Phil Rotondo answered:
LEGOLAND Florida is located at One LEGOLAND Way, Winter Haven Florida 33884, just 45 minutes from the Orlando theme parks or downtown Tampa.

From Orlando, take I-4 WEST to exit 55 (US Hwy 27 South). Turn right off U.S. Highway 27 at State Road 540/Cypress Gardens Boulevard. Park is four miles on the left.

From Tampa take I-4 EAST to Exit 27 (Polk County Parkway). Then take Exit 14 to Winter Haven (2nd Toll Booth) by turning east on S.R. 540 and follow eight miles to Hwy 17 North. Turn left to take Hwy 17 North two miles over the bridge to Cypress Gardens Boulevard and turn right. Legoland Way will be on your right.
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Mon Apr 23, 2012
Cathy Tokar answered:
Yes!!! A realtor can search the MLS for rental properties and send them to you via email. You may also want to try cragslist and the local newspaper.
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Wed Nov 2, 2011
John Rogers answered:
I would suggest that you might consider renting a mobile home in a park.
It would be about the same amount of money, and there are a lot of them around.
Check craigslist...

John Rogers
Florida Trust
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Sun Oct 30, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
Since no link is visible, either contact the listing agent, or any local agent/realty office can also help, they all have access to the same information, or if you know who management is, contact them directly. ... more
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Thu Jun 30, 2011
Anna M Brocco answered:
You may wish to consider consulting with an attorney who specializes in real estate, and see what options you may have, if any...
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Thu Feb 24, 2011
Nathan Tutas answered:
Hi Tabetha,

I'd be glad to help if you haven't found someone else already. My farm area is Haines City, Winter Haven, and Davenport. Just let me know. Have a great day.

Nathan Tutas ... more
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Sat Feb 19, 2011
Jane.Sweetpea.Sasinek, CHMS,CRS,SFR,SRES answered:
It sounds like it is a bank owned property. It's hard to answer your question without any details about the situation. Many title companies that work for the banks that have foreclosed homes are overwhelmed and seem to not have all their "ducks in a row", causing major issues with closings. We are currently having major issues with an out of town title company right now that has us all scratching our heads. Our buyer were to have closed by the end of Dec and it's almost March already! The buyers lender has their attorney involved and we're still having a difficult time with the title company...Long story.
It was just recently passed that now buyers have the right to choose a title company, instead of having to use the title company the bank is recommending-with extra fees paid by the buyers, but atleast it'll help eliminate the extra headaches. Hopefully yours will be resolved soon. Best of luck and wishes.
Jane "Sweetpea" Sasinek, Realtor, CRS, SFR, SRES Coldwell Banker Res.R.E. (863)241-9791
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Thu Mar 10, 2011
Karen Wantuck answered:
Convert it for sure! I have had one of my clients with a two plus den put a closet into the "den" and now it is a bedroom. Of course, the tax records will still say two bedrooms but having that option for a 3rd bedroom is the way to go.

Three bedrooms are looked at more, sell more often than 2s. How much faster? If I could answer that with any certainty, then I would be advising kings and queens instead of kissing a lot of frogs until a prince comes along.

But with 17 sales last year under my belt, I think you can trust me to say, TURN THAT ROOM INTO A BEDROOM by simply adding a closet. If someone wants it for a den or an office, well goodie, but another bedroom is always welcomed in Florida where one ends up with more guests than envisioned.

If you have some friends who want to buy in Sarasota, I'm your gal. Please send them my way and I promise they will thank you.
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Sat Nov 6, 2010
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Wed Sep 8, 2010
Fran Rokicki answered:
If the home is listed, check with the agent. If it is not listed by a Realtor, then, check at the town hall. In the town clerk's office, you can find out who the current owner is and who holds liens against the property. The banks are so backed up with these types of files, that it does take them longer to come to a conclusion. Remember, the owner of the home, may be able to keep the home if he finds help, prior to the foreclosure. ... more
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Sun Feb 26, 2012
Bob McClure answered:
good evening...possibly... a ten year amortization...if for any reason you cannot qualify for it..then take a fifteen or thirty year, and pay the appropriate payment so the home is paid off in ten years..i would be happy to help regards...bob mcclure- first preferred mortgage- southfield, michigan... ... more
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Sun Mar 28, 2010
Pat & Steve Pribisko answered:
You can ask any Realtor if the sale is complete. You could call the listing agent directly. Also, you can check on-line for the info by going to your local County Assessor's/Auditor's Web Site. ... more
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Sun May 6, 2012
Anna M Brocco answered:
If you don't have an agent consider the services--any local agent can provide you with foreclosed listings and any other information you may need.
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Mon Dec 14, 2009
Janet Thomas answered:
The most important thing to remember in puchasing a foreclosure is buyer beware! Do your home inspections and if allowed, you choose a local attorney or title company to do the closing, title search and recording of the deed. Often the bank will stipulate who will do the closing, they farm these out to companies doing hundreds of closings per day, things get missed, deeds don't get recorded. Check up after the sale to make sure you are the owner of record. If you take the proper steps to protect yourself, you can often get a great deal, well below market value. Inspections are key as many of these homes have been empty for up to a year. Good Luck! ... more
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Mon Dec 7, 2009
John Bennett answered:
This has been going on for several thousand years now. It's call economics, at one time it was salt, rocks, pelts, as the medium of exchange.

Major rule (econ 101- large supply small demand prices fall until the supply curve meets the demand curve- we have huge supply, and small demand (demand is not what people want but what they can get)

Going down more it looks like - cap and trade - then we are talking really down, Last I saw many are calling for Florida prices to drop 21% more in next 12 months. So it may get even more fun.

or Not.

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Fri Nov 20, 2009
Don Tepper answered:
I'm assuming you mean "gotchas" rather than "loopholes." Things to watch out for.

Here are a few things:

Check the financials. See if the condo is in good financial shape. Check the reserves and see if there are adequate reserves for budgeted expenses and unbudgeted items. And check to see whether any special assessments are scheduled, and how often special assessments have been used in the past.

Certainly check the home owner association rules. Sometimes they're reasonable; sometimes they're incredibly restrictive. Know what you're getting into. Seriously, read them. I really don't have much patience for buyers who attempt to, say, paint their condo bright red and then "discover" that there's an architectural review committee that has to approve such paint colors.

Find out the number of owner-occupants, versus the number of rental units. That can affect your ability to obtain a mortgage. It can also affect your ability to sell and, thus, your buyer's ability to obtain a mortgage.

If you're planning on renting out the condo, either full-time or part-time, find out what condo rules and regulations apply.

Talk to some of the condo owners. Ask them if they like living there. Ask them what they like most. Ask them what they like least. Ask them what they would change, if they could. You may uncover some interesting things.

Hope that helps.
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Thu Dec 17, 2009
Nancy Lee answered:
Yes, but they do get paid for their efforts. One of the most important things to remember in a trade is that you are trading equity not sales price. If you have a 200K home that you owe $100,000 on and want to trade for a $300K home that is paid for, you need to swap your home plus the $200 difference and you would add your realtors commission on to that figure that you need to finance. Hope this helps. I have assisted in many trades but always use an attorney to help with the documents. ... more
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