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Home Buying in Fort Lauderdale : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Feb 17, 2017
Andrescaife answered:
I actually use this and I am frustrated but is it a scam no. I have bought leads from them. This particular company charges about $30 per lead. You can get as many or as few as you want. Addy is my contact for this company. I was not happy with getting replacements. My reasoning was I called some of the leads and some I had no contact with. No voicemail to leave a message contact did not respond to email and after a week or so I asked to get replacements and was told no. Now I had this situation on 5 out of 12 leads I bought. Now of the other 7 leads. I did have 1 buy a multi unit complex and I got 2 listings. So essentially I paid $360 for 1 that is in escrow and 2 others that are currently on the market. If you think that is good then ok. Personally I am looking for other sources because I feel like if I pay for 12 leads I should get 12 leads. But the cost for what I got back I must say is not bad... ... more
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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
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Fri Jan 20, 2017
Mswiecinska asked:
FL or AZ Please contact me if you know anyone who deals with hard money/private lender financing. I need to obtain this type of financing for approximately 6-7 years. Looking to purchase…
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Thu Jan 12, 2017
Five Stars answered:
5% down payment is permitted. Stand alone single loans, or combo loan structures with no mortgage insurance. Let us know if we can help - see the provided reference link for a complete list of Jumbo program requirements. ... more
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Thu Dec 29, 2016
Jonathan Klurfeld answered:
If you need assistance feel free to contact us as we work the Borward and Palm Beach areas and have access to the MLS properties to narrow down your search. We are also real estate attorneys.

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Wed Dec 28, 2016
Laurie Richter Spector JD answered:
Hi! I can tell you first hand because I'm in the process of doing the same thing (except in Rio Vista). I'm happy to share my experiences with you - as well as architect, GC, owners rep, designer, etc. We are paying just south of $300/sq ft (interior finished feet). This will include a new dock, seawall, pool and pilings. Call or text me anytime 954.608.7104 ... more
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Wed Dec 21, 2016
Choples1981 answered:
Hi Martha do you speak Spanish. I live in Arizona I'm looking for a loan for buy a mobile home new. If you can send me a email.. thanks
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Thu Nov 17, 2016
Paul answered:
There are lots of important steps you can take on own to insure you are fully educated on financial aspects of ALL REAL COSTS of Homeownership that will enable you to make a smart investment section about a particular house or condo. Use to learn about analyzing house purchase price, closing costs, Appraisal, Attorney Fees, mortgage financing/points,
+ Bank Approval Process(how much can I afford with X $ amount as downpayment), RE Taxes + Title Costs, Transfer Taxes, RE Broker commissions, etc. As this will probably be your biggest $ investment in lifetime, good idea to be as informed as possible. is easy to use/understand, educational and in-depth.
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Tue Oct 4, 2016
Mel answered:

There are several options for residents of Broward county for either down payment assistance (if you qualify) or a lower down payment. This realtor knows about the different programs and has gone through the process so he knows exactly what you need to do. Give him a call and see. Good luck!
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Fri Sep 2, 2016
MCM_STL answered:
It depends on your market and circumstances.

If you are able to buy the next house without the immediate need to sell your current one, it really doesn't matter. I would always choose to buy the next house and then move out of the current one so I don't have to deal with keeping my house showing ready if I could.

If you have to sell your current house, to buy the other, you would be best served to put your house on the market before you start looking but you need to have a plan in place for what you'll do if your house sells before you find something else like a short-term rental or someone who will let you stay with them for a bit.

The reason for this is that you'd be making any offers contingent on the sale of your current house and it puts you in a stronger position if you're already actively marketing your home vs. someone who isn't.

Bear in mind that a house sale contingency can be detrimental in a hot market though. If you can afford to avoid it, it's best to do so.
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Mon Aug 15, 2016
Michael S Gellert answered:
I can help answer any questions on the Ft LAUDERDALE Area heres my website showing current market trends and all the homes currently for sale.,CONDO,MULTI,LAND,FARM,MOBILE,INCOME,COM,VAC,RENTAL/listingtype/Resale+New,Foreclosure+Bank+Owned,Short+Sale,Lease+Rent,Auction/ ... more
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Sun Aug 7, 2016
Karen Copeland answered:
Please don't buy a mobile home. Lenders will gladly lend you the money for a NEW one. And when it comes time to sell it, they are very averse to lending money for it to your buyers -- because at that point it's no longer new, and has lost an enormous amount of value. Basically, they won't be able to sell it if your buyer defaults. Which is why it will be next to impossible for you to sell too, at anything but a huge loss.

You should think of a mobile home as a car, or a boat, in terms of depreciation. They say a new car loses 10% of its value as you're driving off the lot. If you want to invest in your future, steer clear of a mobile home.

Having said that, you're in an area where you will have a hard time finding a house for $50,000. Look for a condo. It's not as good an investment as a house, but it beats the heck out of a mobile home. Buy it carefully, allow it to appreciate for 5 years or so, sell it at a profit, and then buy the house you can't currently afford. And please let a realtor help you. These are waters you just shouldn't navigate alone.

If you haven't talked to a lender yet, you may be surprised at the amount they will qualify you for. But that's where you should begin. Find a lender you're comfortable with, and begin the process of qualifying for a loan. Start there. Then get back to us.
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Sat Jul 23, 2016
Jhade answered:
What kind of loan and grant were you applying for? Can you describe what happened in this process?
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Wed Jul 20, 2016
Angelica P answered:

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Thu Jun 16, 2016
Joe answered:
I have a home listed in Palm Beach gardens that is waterfront with a dock. The home is a turn key home 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with a boat dock and water views. The home is listed for $589,000. The home is located near Jupiter and Juno Beach.

I can provide you with more information on this home if this is something that you are interested in.

I can be reached at 561-339-3460
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Mon Jun 6, 2016
Sherry Morris answered:
Hi we are looking to move from NC back to Florida we have 2 senior horses & a mini dogs & cats. We aren't interested in Ocala. Our family lives in south Fl . Suggestions?

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Sat May 14, 2016
Kanthiahec answered:
This blog documents past history. DR Horton bought the Development and build new townhouses with material that complies with the current codes - no Chinese dry walls. some old units did have Chinese dry wall problems. That is history. Investors have bough them and abated the Chinese dry walls and flipped them or are flipping them. DR Horton have built up the Amenities and now the HOA controlled by the unit owners are active improving and upgrading the utilization and aesthetics of the community and common areas and facilities. One needs to see property ads and look at the pictures to know what they look like if anyone living in far away places who cannot take a drive and see it for themselves.

I wish all the contributors the best for their contributions.
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Wed May 11, 2016
Simone Miller asked:
My credit is ok at 695, no late or missed payments but a few.months ago in trying to help out a family member I messed up and overdraw my checking account. Can this cost me the mortgage?
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Sat May 7, 2016
Jacquie Yekmalian answered:
There are many variables in answering this question. Since I dont have all the info to answer fully Ill do my best to answer your question. I would look at it this way.

If you dont need the cash to purchase the home/townhome, and the condo will rent to cover the expenses on it. Example, insurance, taxes, monthly association fee, periodic repairs then I would keep it.
You can look at the condo as your future retirement income.
You could also take some of the equity out of the condo to purchase the home/townhome.
You can also talk to your mortgage broker and CPA on what is the best route for you situation.

Good Luck

Jacquie Yekmalian
Selling Florida Real Estate since 2000

Blue to Green Realty, from the sea to the 18th tee
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