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Mon Mar 27, 2017
Ronniebgonee answered:
I took my course with Rowlett Real Estate School and had a very good experience. I thought a Florida online real estate course was would be really hard but it wasn't that bad. I now have my real estate license. I thought the course was easy to follow and understand. It was the online real estate school I could actually get any help from. ... more
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Sat Mar 25, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
Explaining FL property taxes can be a very complicated topic, especially for people moving here from another state.

First, any prospective buyer needs to understand that while you can look at homes in a specific price range to get an idea of what to expect for property taxes, a buyer should not rely on the seller's current property taxes as staying the same in the year following your purchase. A sale triggers a reassessment of the property -- if the new assessed value is higher, the taxes will go up as the largest portion of our tax bill is the ad valorem portion based on millage rates. The higher the assessed value, the higher the ad valorem portion of the tax bill.

If you notice home (a) has much lower property taxes than home (b) even though they are in the same area and are similar in size and condition, you need to know that a home where the owner has lived a number of years (and is their homesteaded property) may have lower property taxes due to the 3% per year cap on increases that is a benefit of having the homestead exemption. Homesteaded properties also have added assessment reductions which result in savings on the tax bills. As I mentioned above, the home with lower taxes will see the property reassessed after a sale, so the buyer should not assume that the taxes will remain at that lower tax rate. Same for a bank owned property that may have lower taxes due to the foreclosure.

By the way, the new assessed value will not necessarily be the same as your purchase price, the assessors have a formula they use that includes other recent sales in your neighborhood & other criteria such as replacement cost of improvements, location and condition.
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Thu Mar 23, 2017
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Thu Mar 23, 2017
LibbyD asked:
We listed our home and received an offer. Another buyer who had previously seen our home begged to bring his spouse to see it before we accepted the first offer. We accommodated them, and…
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Wed Mar 22, 2017
Jfxm2332 asked:
I'm a prospective buyer and don't want to waste my time if the Builder refuses to negotiate the Purchase and Sale document
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Mon Mar 20, 2017
Jonathan Klurfeld, Esq. answered:
If you are in contract you should retain an attorney. You may have to have the house re-wired to meet code, or give the buyer credit so that they can re-wire.
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Thu Mar 16, 2017
Rakers answered:
Hi Cheryl,

My Company specializes in locating and securing investment opportunities in the Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, and Orlando areas.

Feel free to contact me back here or at

Look forward to hearing from you,

Ryan Akers
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Wed Mar 15, 2017
John Burke answered:
Hi Beth R,

Since you are not looking to purchase for a year or two your student loans will be rehabbed by then so they should not present a problem as long as you continue to make the payments. The good news is your student loans are private so you should have a clear CAIVRS which could have been a concern if you had government backed student loans.

Take a look at the recommendations from some of my past clients on my Trulia profile by clicking the link below my phone number.

John Burke
Senior Mortgage Banker
Lending in ALL 50 states
Great Plains National Bank
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Fri Mar 10, 2017
Seadust77 answered:
Hyde Park area.or The area of Bayshore Blvd is safe.
I lives in Tampa before and these areas I named are safe.
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Wed Mar 8, 2017
Gregg Pomeroy answered:
Hello, I'm a mortgage professional.

We actually have programs avialable that will lend on mobile homes on land.

I would need more details to determine how I can help you.

You are welcome to get in touch with me if you would like help with this. ... more
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Fri Mar 3, 2017
Mott Marvin Kornicki answered:
The link below should give you the info. Many "Teams" use unlicensed assistants to handle some types of duties and assignments.
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Fri Mar 3, 2017
We offer Hard Money Loans only for Investment Properties not Owner occupied assuming that what you are looking for i can help.
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Tue Feb 28, 2017
Bruce answered:
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Sat Feb 25, 2017
Diane Christner answered:
If you are not happy with the level of service you are receiving, contact the broker of the real estate company with your complaints and see what other options are available to you. Perhaps the broker is willing to provide oversight on your transaction. Perhaps the broker is willing to assign a different agent to your transaction or add a 2nd agent that may be a better fit for you. Perhaps all that is required is the broker to communicate to your current agent that your expectations are not being met at this time. See what you can work out with the broker as your contract is actually with the broker and he/she does not want to have unhappy customers. ... more
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Fri Feb 24, 2017
Paul Carraro answered:
Hello Joan. Your best option is to connect with a top local real estate agent who can help you with options in Hillsborough County outside of Tampa. Having lived for years in the Tampa Bay area myself, I can share also that a top local agent can make a world of difference in your search for your new home. Often overlooked but also important is to research about the homeowners association including restrictions and assessments. Our licensed real estate company specializes in helping clients to connect with top agents in any market, including in Tampa Bay, 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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