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Sat Mar 25, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
The problem is that FL has strict building codes because of the risk of hurricanes, so a roof that was installed without permits may not meet code.

The local building department has the authority to force the "current owner" of record to obtain the required permits and satisfy ALL code requirements. Doesn't matter which previous owner did the unauthorized work, current owner becomes responsible. Once you close on the purchase of that property you are now the "current owner."

First, the building department can assess penalties on the current owner for non-compliance. Applying for a permit after the fact is not necessarily an easy procedure. If construction documents and inspections would have been required to satisfy the original permit, those items must now be obtained as well. Inspectors will not assume everything was done according to code, they will want verification.

Another issue is that the work that was done must meet CURRENT code, not the code applicable when the unpermitted work was originally done.

If the work completed is not to code, the building department can and has required the "current owner" to remove the entire unpermitted project and start over.

You may also find that it's difficult finding an insurance company willing to write a new policy on a home with an unpermitted roof.

For all of the reasons above, you should resolve the roof issues with the current owner now, before you purchase the property and the roof becomes your headache.
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Tue Mar 21, 2017
Irma Hernandez answered:
in a typical home sale there are two involved in the transaction?
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Fri Mar 17, 2017
Wes1066 answered:
I own a very nice one bedroom co-op in Ft. Lauderdale, bought it with cash at a very low price. Complex is very well managed, financially very sound. You need to weigh the pros and cons of co-op and condo ownership. Condos can be rented out to anyone, so you never know who might become your next door neighbor. If you have a dog or dogs, or cats, buy a condo. There are lots of restrictions in co-op ownership but I have no objection to them. Co-ops don't go up in value as much as condos but I'm not interested in that. I didn't buy my co-op as an investment. I bought it as a second home whenever I want to use it. ... more
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Fri Mar 10, 2017
Carmela Harboldt answered:
No Earnest Money, No skin in the game!

Good Luck with that!

Wrong Market, wait till the bottom falls and everyone is desperate to sell to anyone willing to make an offer. Even than you would want something to assure you that a buyer has something to loose if they string you out and don't perform on their contractual obligations.

Cammy Harboldt - RE/MAX Integrity - Grants Pass Oregon - 541-761-9552
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Wed Mar 8, 2017
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. answered:
Well you need to decide buy or rent. If renting it wont matter much as you are only there for a year and can leave. If buying contact a realtor who can look up the stats, or Zillow is pretty good with school ratings on each property. ... more
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Sat Mar 4, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
All condominium or HOA information is ultimately the responsibility of the seller and any seller's agent to give to you and to your agent as buyer. If the sellers don't have that information available, it is THEIR responsibility to obtain the information in full for you as the buyer. If there is a sales application from the condo association for new buyers, it is your responsibility to complete the application but the seller's responsibility to provide you the correct and current form. What you do from there with the information given to you is your responsibility as the buyer. Many top agents in Florida know the ins and outs of buying in certain homeowner associations or condos, so make sure to read the documents carefully and note the restrictions and assessments. Do not buy the line, especially if coming from a seller or a seller's agent, that something in the document will not be enforced. Most of the time what is in the documents will be enforced and in the end you will be dealing with the situation as an owner and not the seller. For top agents to assist you in Fort Lauderdale or Orlando, our licensed real estate company specializes in helping clients to connect for no charge. Go to my website for more details, and please let me know for any questions. ... more
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Mon Feb 27, 2017
Lindaottsweet answered:
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Fri Feb 17, 2017
Chad Gray answered:
Thanks for sharing the email Angel. The reply email address seems suspect.

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Sun Feb 12, 2017
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. answered:
Its not listed for sale or in foreclosure per any court records we can find, that's why you cannot find any information on that property. It went through foreclosure some years ago and was purchased by an investor at auction in November/December 2015. Trulia's information that it is "bank owned" is incorrect.

If you are looking for properties in Broward give us a call at 561-771-4457 and we can send you some options.
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Sat Feb 11, 2017
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. answered:
Not too much other than try a private owner perhaps. Most people these days are going to run a background check and see the eviction. Or offer to pay the full year of rent up front where nonpayment wont be an issue. Otherwise not too much as you cant force someone to rent to you. ... more
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Wed Feb 1, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
Hello Kettygil. A top local real estate agent who works in Fort Lauderdale and in the nearby areas can assist you and sort through all the information online for you. Having lived in Florida myself, I can share also that a top local agent can make a world of difference in your search for your new home. Our licensed real estate company specializes in helping clients connect with top agents in any market, including in Florida, and there is no charge for our service. Go to my website for more details, and please let me know for any questions. ... more
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Thu Jan 26, 2017
Yvonne Silva answered:
There is a complex called Park City East on SR84 and Pine Island Road Davie. You buy your land, it is not a rental. Over 55 community. Nice. Good luck.
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Wed Jan 25, 2017
Angelica P answered:

To post your home for sale by owner on Trulia, click the link below and select Submit listings for sale.

You will be redirected to our partner site, Zillow. Once you activate your listing on Zillow, it will appear on Trulia within 24 hours.

Thank you for using Trulia!

Consumer Care Advocate
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Fri Jan 20, 2017
Monika 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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Tue Jan 3, 2017
Patricia LoweKraemer answered:
I have a 3 y old daughter, we found Davie to be close enough to the beach and with nice daycare Christian Academy.
I lived in Weston, I loved too, Plantation is a good area as well, Cooper city has great schools.
So, not at the beach but the areas 20 or 30 minutes away will be a good choice.
Hope helps, feel free to contact me for local advice.
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Thu Dec 29, 2016
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. 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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